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Dell Dimension 8200 memory upgrade

by strangemilk / September 5, 2008 11:06 PM PDT


I have a Dell Dimension 8200 533MHz Front Side Bus that was purchased in 2002/2003 and i'm wanting to upgrade the memory because it's been really slow lately. I've scanned my computer using the Crucial website and these are the results:

memory upgrades
According to our scan, your system already has the maximum amount of memory installed.

Maximum Memory Capacity:
Currently Installed Memory: 512MB
Available Memory Slots: NaN
Number of Banks:
Dual Channel Support: No
CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
CPU Family: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz Model 2, Stepping 4
CPU Speed: 2386 MHz

Currently installed memory:

256MB 256MB

Each memory slot can hold with a maximum of per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.

What do i need to do + buy to upgrade? I've read online to have the latest BIOS updates installed but i'm not sure where to go from there.

Also, i found this website:

Which memory size do you recommend i get?

Thanks in advance.

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Just use
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 12:01 AM PDT
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re: Just use
by strangemilk / September 6, 2008 12:15 AM PDT
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Hi Bob,

I think so. I did a scan with Dell and it told me i have the Dimension 8200.

So there is nothing i can do? I was thinking of buying a new (laptop) computer but was hoping this one could be improved.

Thank you.

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Your post...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 12:21 AM PDT

Is incomplete. When you post these words show up -> "Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem."

My reply was somewhat generic since there is an issue and no pay back if your machine had Windows ME. You didn't correct my reply so I have only the thought here you have a Windows ME machine.

As such you have topped out the machine's RAM.

-> As to speeding it up, research all the posts about how to speed up Windows ME. I don't see a need to duplicate that again.

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by strangemilk / September 6, 2008 12:30 AM PDT

Oh, i'm sorry.

I just looked on the computer cover and i have Windows XP Home Edition.

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With XP you can
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 1:43 AM PDT
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message pop up
by strangemilk / September 6, 2008 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: With XP you can

I sometimes get a pop up on my task bar that says something like "Virtual memory low, click here." and when i click on it, it disappears... I should have mentioned that but i forgot to and it just popped up again now.

Thank you for the link! I'm slowly working my way through the posts. I've gone through the general clean up but i can't tell if my computer is faster or if it's just my imagination.

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Something's wrong....believe you need RDRAM..$$
by VAPCMD / September 6, 2008 2:05 AM PDT
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Architecture RDRAM = Forget about it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 2:29 AM PDT

RDRAM is pricey when new, difficult for some to find and must be in matched pairs, etc. etc. etc.

Skip that and use my other link about machine speedup.

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You might try this first...
by mylungsarempty / December 31, 2008 11:06 PM PST

Type "msconfig" (without the quotes) under "run" on your 'start' menu. Click on the tab that says "startup" and disable basically everything. You would be surprised how many programs run at startup and gobble up all your memory. An even better way, save any files you want to keep, and use your 'restore' disk that came with the computer to reset your computer, reinstall windows fresh. Then you'll download the Microsoft updates, reinstall software you want to use, and have a fresh clean computer without dozens of spyware and other software hogging all your memory.

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