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pxumsgdxpcvjm 09-12-2006 03:21 AM

Installing Memory
Alright, I've installed memory before but nothing so complex for what I'm trying to do. This isn't really a Linux question but I will install Linux on this machine once I have it running.

I have an old computer that someone gave me and I'm trying to recycle it. I've found plenty of hardware lying around to use with it. Unfortunately, I haven't got as much infomation as I would like about it.

It came with a SDRAM PC100 64MB (single sided) installed and I would like to add a SDRAM PC133 256MB (double sided) to it. I've tracked down a few answers via Google and know that; 1) PC100 & PC133 can used together, although both will run at the PC100 speed. 2) Different sizes (MB) of SDRAM can be used together.

Here's the only infomation I've managed to find out about the system memory.

System Memory

* Supports 2 memory banks using two 168-pin unbuffered DIMM
* Supports up to 2 double sided DIMMs at a clock speed of 100 MHz
* Supports a maximum memory size of 512 MB (128-bit technology) or 256 MB (64-bit technology) for SDRAM
* Supports only 3.3 V SDRAM DIMMs with gold-plated contacts
* ECC memory checking is not supported
So can any tell me if this would work together? I don't have much experience with this older memory. If you need any more infomation I'll try to supply it.

Huge thanks to anyone that replies.

odcheck 09-12-2006 04:26 AM

Just use 100 or 133 Memory Modules and 512MB is the maximum.
Thats what I've read in your post.

pxumsgdxpcvjm 09-12-2006 05:30 AM

Thanks. I decided to just be bold and try it. My friend got me paranoid after he said his computer almost caught fire after installing his RAM. I have no idea how he caused that, although he doesn't know too much about computers.

I tried them both together but the computer just emitted a continuous beeping noise, which indicates a RAM problem or so I had read. I guess that this was because one was singled sided while the other was double, right? I know that both chips were working fine.

Anyway the 256MB chip appers to be working fine. Haven't done a memtest yet however, although I can't imagine why anything would be wrong with it.

Ermen 09-12-2006 06:18 AM

Haha :)

Your computer can't catch fire when installing memory trust me.
The only thing that could happen is that it beeps a few times or maybe give some blue screens. When that happens just remove the memory and everything will be back to normal

rob.rice 09-12-2006 01:09 PM

it might not be a bad idea to put the largest mem cards in slot 0
I have had some motherboards that coulde't see the extra memory with a smaller card in slot 0

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