Upgrading RAM question

By campingmom4
Apr 22, 2008
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. working on my sis-in-laws puter and she has a dell dimension 4400. been working on it, as she was having trouble. question is this- i want to upgrade her memory on this thing, as she only has 128 ram- not even enough to scratch an itch, lol. should i do anything to prep the computer before i install more memory? i read somewhere about upgrading on an edge stick and it said to check or revise bios. what do i need to do, if anything, before hand? thanks-----
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    That computer will take two modules of DDR PC2700 or PC3200.
    You can get the two modules today at www.crucial.com for $27.99 each with free shipping... or at www.directron.com for $26.99 each plus $6.75 shipping... and other such sites. It is best if you put in PC3200 and take out the old PC2700 memory.
    The maximum capacity is 2 modules of 512 each for a total of 1024 mb.
    Then when it arrives, don a pair of rubber or plastic gloves, remove the existing memory by pressing back the two white or beige clips, one at each end. of each module.
    Then carefully, but firmly, insert the new modules, after verifying that the slot on the bottom edge is properly lined up with the position bar. Force the memory into place until the two little end pieces snap into place.
    Be sure you have good working space and a very strong light before you start work.
    Good luck.
    The 4400 is a good solid computer that can last a long time if you keep the fans clean... so while you are working, use a can of Dust Off, and perhaps a couple of Q-Tips and some denatured or 95% rubbing alcohol to clean everything gently, carefully.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Raybay, I'm going to see your rubber gloves and raise you 1 anti-static strap.

    My personal policy is, you can't be too careful or too paranoid.
  4. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Captain Cranky, you left out guilt and fear.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,400   +832

    Well.....

    I was waiting for another post cycle to bring out the big guns!:haha: :wave:
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.