Ram issue

By pin0ydude
Jun 3, 2008
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  1. Hi
    I tried to upgrade my ram from 256mb to 512mb.
    So I removed two 128mb ram modules from another computer and put it in the system I wanted to upgrade. The 256mb ram is PC133 and ONE of the 128mb ram modules is PC133 while the other is PC100.
    Here is my problem:
    I used cpu-z to check the memory slots and all three ram modules are detected, but it shows only 384mb of ram.
    I assumed that since 256+128+128=512, that would be the case, but apparently not. I think it has to do with the lone PC100?

    I removed the PC100 and now the system says that there is 320mb ram...?
    256+128 is meant to equal 384.

    I'm totally confused at the moment.
    Any help? thanks
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes your Video is using your Ram for it's own memory

    256+128=384+128(Video Memory)
  3. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I see.
    Thanks for clearing that up:)
    so if the PC100 one is installed, does all the ram run at 100mhz instead of 133mhz?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    The Ram rule is, the slowest always wins, sadly
  5. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Would it make a big difference in terms of boot up times, loading programs, etc if I left the ram at 133mhz or if i add the 100mhz ram, making them all 100mhz?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Woops sorry, another general rule (but this is the last)

    It's always best to have more Ram

    I'm thinking hard, but can't think of the third one, but go ahead and ask if you have another Q.
  7. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hey thanks. I appreciate your help. Do you know if SDRAM is still available brand new? Or is it obsolete now?

    Also, this is off topic but currently DVD playback is choppy and slow. Would upgrading the graphics card improve this as well as more ram? I currently have an ATI Rage XL AGP graphics card which is pretty basic...could you recommend any cheap graphics cards that are AGP and that are just enough to play DVDs smoothly without having to upgrade my power supply?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  9. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Wow thanks :)
    OK, one last q.

    Off topic, but currently DVD playback is choppy and slow. Would upgrading the graphics card improve this as well as more ram? I currently have an ATI Rage XL AGP graphics card which is pretty basic...could you recommend any cheap graphics cards that are AGP and that are just enough to play DVDs smoothly without having to upgrade my power supply?
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Run this
    http://www.powerleap.com/downloads/exe/InSPECS.exe
    Run Run
    Allow blocked content
    Yes
    Click on "Graphics" (on LHS)
    Click on "More Information" (on RHS)
    You can upgrade to that card on your system

    Mind you, I really don't think you should spend too much on a low grade system. Better to save and purchase a newer system <-- Definately recommended
    (This includes not buying ram too)
  11. pin0ydude

    pin0ydude Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thank you very much. All my doubts have been answered.
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Sales is not my area at all, ie your other thread un-answered by me

    Not sure which way you'll go (Update Ram, or not update)

    If I could try to help you further, I'd say don't spend anymore money
    Anyway you came to a free board, so there may be hope.

    Just use your PC normally (ie the games might be a bit slow)
    Save Save Save
    Come back,, and create a new thread, "I have X amount of dollars, who can help me purchase a new system?" (don't make the heading that long though)
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