question about RAM

By Ftowngang916 ยท 5 replies
Dec 28, 2005
  1. My computer came with 256mb of RAM and I went out and bought Kingston 1gb of RAM. I took out the 256 ram and replaced it with 1gb of ram. I was wondering if i could have both of them in at the same time and if it would help my computer at all. Thank You.
  2. wlknaack

    wlknaack TS Rookie Posts: 143

    In the future, you must include in your posts all relevant information so a potential respondent does not have to make a ton of assumptions in order to address your request.

    Your computer Mobo will come with "x" slots for RAM, with a specification of the maximum amount of RAM per slot. Based on your statement, we can assume that you purchased a 1Gb "module" and replaced the 256Mb "module" and, further assume, that your computer is recognizing the full 1Gb of RAM that you installed. If this is correct, then we can further assume that you have more than one slot, so you can certainly plug-in the original 256Mb RAM into the second slot.

    In general, adding more RAM is one of the lowest cost methods to increase your computer's performance. This is based, of course, on the assumption that the utilization (i.e. running programs, services, and processes, in foreground and background) of your computer is taxing the amount of the installed RAM. Since you have not indicated that your computer is slowing down, all that can be said is that the addition of the 256Mb of RAM won't hurt, but it may not show any increase in performance. Just install it and make sure your computer recognizes the full 1.256Gb of RAM.

    The following link will provide a download of a freeware program called "Memory and CPU Observer" which will monitor your CPU and RAM usage so you can see their ongoing utilization:
  3. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster TS Rookie Posts: 327

    You can if you have more than one slot(Very probable) but things might slow down.
  4. flavin

    flavin TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Hey there i have a question too. Is it a bad thing to fill up all ur slots?
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    No but its recommended to have at least one free for future updates.
  6. DragonFury

    DragonFury TS Rookie Posts: 63

    no it is not on certain boards it wont read all of the memory . its a good idea to use just 2 sticks and upgrade accordingly . @Ftowngang916 whats the speed of the kingston mem and the 256 mem stick ? if they are 2 different speeds of mem it may slow it down to the slowest memory stick .
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