Question about my Dell Dimension 4550

By Hitoshi
Nov 7, 2007
  1. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    If you right click on my computer and go to properties does it show 2 gigs?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814 will give you plenty of info about your pc's ram compatability.
  3. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Hi, the reason your technical specifications sheet says your computer can only have up to 1GB of memory is because the chipset your motherboard is designed around can only address up to 1GB of memory. At the time your motherboard was built, 2GB of memory would have cost many hundreds of dollars, so almost nobody had that much memory. I have a similar motherboard and it had 512MB of DDR. At the time 512MB of memory was more than decent.

    Your computer is running but you don't have access to all the installed memory. If you can, return the memory and purchase two 512MB dimms of DDR. They will be cheaper, and you may encounter memory errors if you keep the larger dimms.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

  5. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    He's in luck. His 2.0GHz Pentium 4 has a 400MHz front side bus, so he can ignore my previous post. My 2.0GHz Pentium IV had a 400MHz FSB, so I'm assuming his does too.
  6. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I had 1 X 512 then installed a 2nd stick so now 2 X 512. Just ran the crucial test and they are saying that it will work with 333mhz also 2 X 1gig

    but the fine print says

    Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

    *Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Good job i pointed that info out then.:)
  8. Hitoshi

    Hitoshi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wow, I just got home from school. Thanks for all of your replies.
    I bought my ram from :p

    Yes it does.

    So I can keep my 2GB of ram and not worry?
  9. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    I would say so.
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