Compaq Bad News !!!

By ariee · 13 replies
Aug 21, 2006
  1. Hi, i was thinking about upgrading my COMPAQ destop. I was going to add a better RAM. But today i heard that you can not upgrade COMPAQ computers. Is this ture ?
  2. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    If you call Compaq direct and pay out the ying-yang.. No jk

    Try or something like that, and you can purchase RAM or other parts, just make sure you know what you are getting... Alot of times it is very specific...
  3. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so you are saying its ture ?
  4. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    I'm not sure what you mean by "better ram", but you can upgrade your computer's RAM.

    OEM systems like compaqs can sometimes be very picky about RAM (due to cheap motherboards). also it would be best to replace the existing RAM rather than add to it to further avoid compatibility issues.

    if you goto a site like and use the memory selector, you can find compatible RAM sticks. (note the model# then look around for the best price)

  5. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i mean 1 GB ... i have a 256 mb one at the moment

    i tryed that and i was hoping to find a DDR RAM for about £20 .. i find ones like that on ebay
  6. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    as long as your PC can handle 1GB then I don't think you'll have any problem.

    I wouldn't recommend buying any generic RAM though. If I were you I would get "value" series RAM from a good brand like Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, or Patriot. OEM systems like compaqs won't benefit from the high performance models, so save your money and stick with the value models.

    good luck :)
  7. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    TY i will hoping fully be getting a new one. Now i got to ask my mum and dad. *dreds moment*. And then i will finaly be able to play warcraft !!!! w00tage
  8. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    good luck, just listen to what Cody said, as long as it can handle it... make sure it's compatible from type to latency
  9. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi i have just found out that i can you this type of RAM

    184-Pin PC2700 (333MHz) DIMM

    i am looking for a cheap one. (1GB-512MB). When i say cheap i mean within £30. i was just woundering if any one new where i might be able to buy 1 from. I have looked on ebay but it only goes up to 512MB. Like other post have told me to get a value RAM where can i buy these from ?
  10. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have just come back from my holiday.. and no one has posted on my thread. Please can someone post a website where i can buy a

    184-Pin PC2700 (333MHz) DIMM

    ram from
  11. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Check out this page. From here you can buy PC2700 RAM.
  12. Cyber

    Cyber TS Rookie Posts: 29

    Hi sup…
    I goggled around a bit and found that this site that has what you need…

    This is one stick of 1gig ram… you can still keep you old 256 and join it with this 1gig ram stick… (Supposing you have 2 ram slots and that you 256 ram stick is a Pc 2700 as well)…. DDR333 PC2700 MEMORY.htm

    Or you can get rid of the 256 stick and get two 512mb stick and put them in dual channel… DDR333 PC2700 MEMORY.htm

    hope that helps… good luck
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    yes you can upgrade, however some makers like DELL like to use propritary parts. I am not sure about compaq. When upgrading, use matched sticks. IT's much better. Sell the old sticks.
    Read the FAQs for upgrading tips.
  14. ariee

    ariee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok thank you
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