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Old 12-24-05, 10:51 AM
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RAM for old Dell

I'm looking to add some RAM to my wife's old Dell computer so she can run iTunes a little more smoothly. Right now I think she just has 256. After opening it up though, the sticks didn't have any sticker on them to see what type of RAM it is. Is there an easy way to tell what type of RAM to pickup? 240 pin, 184 pin, etc? I didn't see on the case what model the Dell was, but it was purchased in 2001 or 2002 I believe. Thanks so much.
Old 12-24-05, 11:19 AM
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If you don't have the service tag or model the best way to do this would be to take out the existing RAM and see what it says or look up what it is.
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Try running Belarc Advisor or AIDA32. They will give you a profile of your computer and should tell you what kind of ram you have.

I have a customer with a Dell about that old, and it uses rimms.
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This web site has a really good memory selector:

The older 144-pin SODIMM chips can be rather tricky. For example, if you're trying to add 256MB, your options may be 16x16 HD or 32x8 HD or 16x8 or 32x64 chips. If they take one type, then they won't take another type, so you need to get the right ones. Even if you get the wrong one, it will probably fit, but it won't work.

The link above tells you exactly what kind of RAM will be compatible with yours, but you will need the model number of your computer.
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IIRC, crucial's site has a memory detector/selector application as well.
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Sounds great. I'll run one of those apps and see what turns up. Thanks for the advice.
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go to Kingston or Crucial, put in your model and it will tell you what ram to buy

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