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Dell Dimension 2400 is slow; RAM upgrade? help please!

by pracprofalc / August 21, 2009 6:12 AM PDT

HI everyone,
I own a Dell Dimension 2400 from like 4 or 5 years ago, which has become reeeeaaalll slow recently. Its configuration is Pentium 4 2.6 GHz processor with 256 MB DDR RAM.

It takes 5-10minutes to boot up. Another 5 minutes for even a browser like Firefox to startup.

I did the usual disk cleanup, defragmentation, etc to help speed it up.

Now, will adding RAM improve my system?? I opened and saw that there are only 2 long slots for RAM, 1 of which has this 256 MB RAM seated in it.

Do you all think this is the best way to get it functional again? If so, how much RAM should I upgrade it? 2GB, 4GB or even more?

Is there a maximum limit on the number of GB RAM that this computer will run on?

Please help me out.

Thanks in Advance!!

Take care!


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Hi, Prac:
by Osprey4 / August 23, 2009 10:32 AM PDT
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by pracprofalc / August 23, 2009 9:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Hi, Prac:

Hi Osprey4,
Thanks so much for your reply. I used sites like crucial to locate the RAM I need. I will get it soon, install it and then reinstall the OS too.....

thanks for ur reply!

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Upgrade Ram and the reinstall OS
by Uprising131 / August 24, 2009 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

Hey I notice your post, well i think you should upgrade the ram and then do a system reinstall... the dimension 2400 can have up to 2gb of ram, no more than that... the motherboard can only support 2gb.. and it can use pc2700 or pc3200 b/c 3200 is backyard compatible... if you need instructions you can get back to me...

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by pracprofalc / August 26, 2009 12:40 PM PDT

Thanks! I will do the OS reinstall after I upgrade the RAM. Happy

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pc2700 and pc3200 memory modules
by jnsogburn / March 13, 2010 2:01 AM PST

I also own a circa 2004 dell dimension 2400 @ 2.8ghz. svc tag is J054851. My original packing info shows a pc2700 memory @ 333mhz. When I go to the dell support site and enter my tag the return is for pc3200 memory @ 400mhz. If both are compatible I certainly would perfer the faster module. Just need to confirm is the pc3200 will function correctly. Thank you

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Should be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2010 2:07 AM PST

But there are no less than a dozen other specifications to check (not an offer to do that) which is why most of us will go with the maker's product or


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how should i ground myself?
by pracprofalc / August 26, 2009 12:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Hi, Prac:

how should i ground myself before installing the RAM? is it ok to touch any metal inside the PC case?

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installing Ram
by Uprising131 / August 26, 2009 1:42 PM PDT

Well, when i installed mines, after i unpluged all of the wires n cables from the computer and opened it, i press and held the power button for 3 seconds and that should ground the motherboard, then i just installed the ram... i didnt ground myself to anything, it seems to work.

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Installing RAM
by pracprofalc / August 26, 2009 9:08 PM PDT
In reply to: installing Ram

Great! Thanks uprising! I will do the same. I saw another thread where people went on for 3 pages on grounding oneself. Wasn't sure what to do. BTW, I got a great deal on Crucial RAM from newegg site.

Take Care!

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ran into a problem installing RAM
by pracprofalc / September 1, 2009 9:59 AM PDT
In reply to: installing Ram

Hey Uprising,
I got my RAM today and installed it. The computer acted fast and booted up pretty well. But when I looked under system in control panel, it only showed as recognizing 1GB RAM, not the 2GB i had installed. Previously, I had a 256MB card in the slot, which I removed. Is it possible that the slot I never used before is not working?

What can I do to fix this problem?

Please help. Thanks,


P.S. I checked if its seated in the slot properly and it is. So that's definitely not the problem.

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Hi, Prac:
by Osprey4 / September 1, 2009 10:14 AM PDT

Boot to the BIOS (F2) and check what is reported there.

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BIOS result
by pracprofalc / September 1, 2009 10:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi, Prac:

Same deal here...shows 1024MB in 1GB RAM.......

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Its working!
by pracprofalc / September 2, 2009 3:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Hi, Prac:

Its working now. I just kept switching the cards and slots and kept experimenting. Somehow it worked.

nonetheless, thanks for your help.


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by Uprising131 / September 2, 2009 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Its working!

thats good its working... well maybe u needed to just reinsert them n the computer probally pick it up... well thats good... i kinda need some help guys.. my computer works fine, if i was to run dell diagnostics and anything i do in windows like browse online or w.e works... but as soon as i play a song.. it plays and then it locks up, it has like a few lines comming down in 2 rows or 3.. i took a pic of it.. if anyone can help me... ill appreciate it...

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try posting as a new topic
by pracprofalc / September 2, 2009 1:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Good

hey uprising,
try posting ur thing as a new topic so experts can try to help u out....only thing i would suggest is:
1. try playing the same song in another music software than the one it freezes in
2. try playing a different song in the player it freezes in
3. if its the music player, try uninstalling and reinstalling.

sorry i can't offer more...that's all i know.

bye Happy

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by Uprising131 / September 3, 2009 7:44 PM PDT

thanks guys.. i tried that but no luck so i fully reinstalled windows and updated everything and now im installing my programs.. hopefully i run the diagnostics from dell support center and everything is good.. btw umm im kinda new to this.. how to i create a new topic?

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creating a new thread
by pracprofalc / September 3, 2009 9:40 PM PDT
In reply to: Thankz

well i guess ur topic is dell related so go to this link:

ul see 'create a new thread' at the top

click on it and follow the instructions! that's it!

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