more ram...

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by forcer, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    i have 256 mb of ram and i want to add an extra 512 stick but how do i know that its not too powerful for my motherboard, would that fry it? is there a way 2 find out:huh:
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Either you board will take it or not. No frying involved. It's either Yes or No. Check you manual to see what it can take.
     
  3. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    its possible you may have to flash the BIOS before the 512 will work.
     
  4. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    how is that done?
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    do you happen to know what motherboard you have, or at least brand or type? what type of memory it uses? what kind of processor do you have?
     
  6. XPerties

    XPerties Guest

    Grab this little free app

    http://www.cpuid.com/

    run it and post what memory and motherboard manuf you have.
     
  7. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    sorry about late reply not had time to visit site.

    Number of CPUs 1

    Cpu Name AMD Athlon (Thunderbird)
    Specification AMD Athlon(tm) Processor
    Family / Model / Stepping 6 4 2
    Extended Family / Model 7 4
    Package Socket A
    Core Stepping A4
    Technology 0.18ยต
    Supported Instructions Sets MMX, Extended MMX, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!
    Cpu Clock 1194.7 MHz
    Clock multiplier x 9.0
    Front Side Bus Frequency 132.7 MHz
    Bus Speed 265.5 MHz
    L1 Data Cache 64 Kbytes, 2-way set associative, 64 bytes line size
    L1 Instruction Cache 64 Kbytes, 2-way set associative, 64 bytes line size
    L2 Cache 256 Kbytes, 16-way set associative, 64 bytes line size
    L2 Speed 1194.7 MHz (Full)
    L2 Location On Chip
    L2 Data Prefetch Logic no
    L2 Bus Width 64 bits

    Motherboard manufacturer
    Motherboard model ,
    BIOS vendor American Megatrends Inc.
    BIOS revision 062710
    BIOS release date 07/15/97
    Chipset SiS SiS730 rev. 2
    Southbridge SiS SiS961 rev. 0



    Windows version Microsoft Windows 2000 Workstation Service Pack 2 (Build 2195)
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    the SiS730 chipset allows up to 1.5gb of memory. this means you can have up to three 512mb sticks installed. that would be maxing it out. go ahead with the upgrade. :)
     
  9. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

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    Just an additional note, if your mobo only supports lets say PC2100 and you install PC3200 the memory will still work but it will only run at the PC2100 speed.