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XPS 700 Memory Question

by millerrl / March 19, 2013 10:26 AM PDT

I have an original XPS700 with E6700 core duo 2.66ghz running Win7 PRO 64bit OS and the 1.4.1 bios. Has anyone ever put 8 Gb of ram in one of these machines? Crucial tried to tell me it would only run 4 Gb and book says 8b. I am puzzled.

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What does your user guide say?
by wpgwpg / March 19, 2013 10:38 AM PDT

Have you looked at your user guide? If you don't have it on your hard drive, you can download it from Dell's web site. There're also hardware forums on Dell's web site where you can ask questions. I've never heard of Crucial being wrong about these things, but then there's always a first time for everything. Grin

Good luck.

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by Bob__B / March 19, 2013 10:26 PM PDT
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Good article
by millerrl / March 20, 2013 1:03 AM PDT
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Thanks, Wish I had read it way back when! I upgraded my bios to the 1.4.1 which was highly recommended by Dell a long time ago. I had previously had four sticks of 1 Gb ram from Crucial in my machine. I was then and still am running Win7 Pro 64bit OS and wanted to get some additional smoke from this old girl. I used the Crucial Memory scanner and it stated (might be wrong) that their Balistix Sport 2 Gb 800Mhz ram would work. I bought four of those and the system bios saw it and so did the OS. Bios shows the ram as running 800 Mhz. After a couple of weeks I started getting some BSOD every once in a while. So a few days ago I popped out two sticks and dropped back to just two 2Gb sticks. Still every once in a while it happened. So I swapped the pair I had out with the spare set and no more issues. I left that a while and a few days ago took one of the other Ballistix Sports back in my 3rd spot. After reboot and letting the bios see the new memory as another 2 Gb (for now a total of 6 Gb) the system and OS both see all 6 Gb and is running like a champ. I had thought since the manual stated you could run 8 Gb only if you had a 64 bit OS that this thing would just run the 800 Mhz chips at 667 but low and behold they run full blast at what the Nvidia 590 chipset is rated at. I am crossing my fingers that everything continues to run fine. I had been getting the BSOD with Page Fault in Unpaged Memory area which sort of did not make sense to me. The error messages seemed to bounce around as to who the culprit was. I have this machine updated to all new released drivers Nvidia has (even one MS does not have on its auto update yet and everything is working well.
I really appreciate the feedback from a couple of you since I believed what the manual stated but then seconded guessed myself after seeing some other early reports. I will post back if I have any further issues, but for now seems to be cooking along just fine. Thanks for your replies and sorry for long post.

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