RAM Type?

By endgame
Aug 21, 2003
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  1. I have a friend who, when it comes to computers has about as much knowledge as i do. He is trying to get a RAM upgrade, but he doesnt know what his currant RAM type is, weather it be DDR, SDRAM or RAMBUS. How can he find this out?
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

  3. endgame

    endgame Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the site. I know my next point is of the subject but i dont want to flood the place with separate threads. I am soon to have Broad Band but for the time being im stuck with what seems to be a poor quality modem. Its model is Intel 536EP V.92, this is supposed to be a 56.6k modem, but all i seem to be getting is around the 28k connection mark. Do you have any ideas on how to boost my connection speed? Or will i have to hold out for Broad Band.

    P.S I have read the modem tweak guide on this site but it has made little or no difference to my connection speed.
  4. dusthazard

    dusthazard Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    if you live in a rural area or some distance from the main branch of your phone company you are not going to get much better connection speed. the distance you are from the main branch and the quality of the phone lines affect speed.

    I have a 56K but since I am 7 miles from the main branch I connect at only 26.4
  6. endgame

    endgame Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Would this occur if i had Broad Band? I hope not.
  7. XtR-X

    XtR-X Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,040

    I don't think this applies to cable but DSL most likely. Also, if your line integrity sucks (interference, etc.) that's also bad too. (In my neighborhood we have bad line integrity). Just a FYI sorta thing. :)
  8. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    boradband is limited to 3 or 31/2 miles from the main branch so it doesnt have that problem
  9. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    No, this wouldnt happen to a BB or cable connection. My modem was a 56k and it performed like a 28.8k. Trust me, a 56k modem will never pull 5.6kbs a second. So Im meaning to say, this is perfectly normal, for a 56k modem to be that slow :( And you wont run into this problems with a broadband/cable connection :)
  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    That isn't exactly true, DSL has a limit of 2.9 miles from most specs I've read. Cable however, which was broadband last time I checked, doesn't have that limit. I know for a fact that it is further than that because the cable office for my connection is over 5 miles away, probably further in line distance, its over five straight line, which the cable does not follow.
  11. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    I have DSL, and i think im around 15 miles away from my ISP.

    btw, i consider "broadband" dsl or cable. i recon its the definition for high bandwith. DSL and cable fall under that :p
  12. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    true cable doesnt have those limitations but dsl does.
  13. XtR-X

    XtR-X Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,040

    Not necessarily. At my old house, I had a normal phone line and a normal non-biggie 56k modem. I would get 5.6kbs at a steady rate sometimes and most of the times 5.0kbs.
     
  14. Greeno

    Greeno Newcomer, in training Posts: 394

    you prolly had a decent, quiet ISP and a good quality hardware modem :]
  15. endgame

    endgame Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well thanks for all your replys. This place is good for tips. I think i might also have found another factor contributing to my poor connection, my modem only cost £4, i think it is the cheapest one on the market. I found this quite funny for some reason, considering i payed a hell of a lot for my pc. It doesnt bother me too much though since ill be digital in a fortnight.
  16. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    With DSL the distance from your ISP is not what is measured, its the distance from the central telephone office.
  17. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

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