Really could use some help with finding the right ram for this motherboard

By NiceGuyEd ยท 11 replies
Feb 20, 2005
  1. Hello all.

    Probably rather simple, but I was hoping someone could give me a bit of advice on what memory I need for an upgrade on my system. I've googled some of the various memory companies, but can't seem to find my motherboard.

    I bought this computer for $150 and the motherboard seems to not have any branding written on it. Windows XP and the belarc advisor are both telling me that the the motherboard is an ECS M830LR (with a 66mhz bus speed). I believe it has an Athlon XP 1800 processor in it (1.15ghz). And currently, it has 1 stick of 256MB PC2100 Samsung ram in it. The #on the ram is Samsung 208 K4H280838C-TCB0. There are 4 memory slots (2 black ones and 2 pink ones). The ram is currently sitting in one of the black ones. What's the difference between those by the way?

    What I would like is to pull the 256MB module and put in (2) 512MB modules. I just don't dare order some because I'm not positive on what RAM I should buy.

    Could anyone be so kind as to give me a bit of assistance or perhaps just a push in the right direction?

    Much obliged!
  2. Lunatic

    Lunatic TS Rookie Posts: 49

    If what you have is 256MB PC2100, and that works you can just get the two 512 MB PC2100. Brand doesnt make a difference, in compatibility.

    Here is a site I got from google searching M830LR, I have a M810LR
  3. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. Ok, so perhaps I should just get the memory from newegg? And for sure brand doesn't make a difference?

    Also, what are the 2 different color sets of slots for? (the pink pair and the black pair)
  4. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

    One set for SDRAM the other set for DDR.
  5. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

  7. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    One other thing... I'm almost positive this system has a XP 1800 processor in it; however, it's only posting that it's running at 1.15ghz. I went into BIOS and noticed a setting for the cpu that was set at 100/100. Both numbers were adjustable to 133/133. Do I need to change both of them to 133? Just one? What are they for?

  8. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

    Go ahead change them, 1800+ and PC2100 should be having 133 MHz default bus speed. In those early days, older PC2100 wasn't so great, you might have to up the CAS values if you encounter intermittent memory problems, or out right just hangs.
  9. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. :)

    What would you recommend a good CAS Latency setting?
  10. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Each ram you get slected CAS Latency setting .. Most of the time you can find on the makers web site
  11. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

    My recommended CAS setting is the lowest possible, which would allowed you to loop through all PRIME95 tests at sustained core CPU TERMINAL-temperature for half an hour... without a single burp of error.
  12. Cyber

    Cyber TS Rookie Posts: 29

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