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Maximum RAM?

by jury's out / June 5, 2004 1:03 AM PDT

I bought a Gateway pc in 1999 with 128 MB of ram. When I asked the rep just this past year about upgrading the ram, he said the most I could ever put on this TABOR-III motherboard is 384 MB. But I just put in a total of 512 MB (after consulting with a friend) and the computer is running great! Does anyone have any comments or suggestions on why I should not be able to do this, why I shouldn't do this, or why it just plain doesn't make sense?

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Re:Maximum RAM?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2004 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Maximum RAM?

Simple. There's supported and then you have "you are on your own."

A 5 year old PC is in that later category.


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Re:Re:Maximum RAM?/just a guess
by Steven Haninger / June 6, 2004 9:53 AM PDT
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I cannot come up with any mathematical combination that provides for a maximum of 384 megs of RAM and must guess that the person with whom you spoke was not considering removal of the existing module but just adding more. If your MB has two memory slots and the maximum size module supported is 256 megs, than 512 is the max. You would get 384 by filling the open slot and 512 by discarding the 128 meg module and putting in two nicely matched 256 meg pieces. If this is what you did, I'd suspect your original advice was incorrect. If not, I say "Oops"!

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Re:Maximum RAM?
by Willy / June 6, 2004 1:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Maximum RAM?

The manual or support website will provide what can be installed and "used". If you didn't know, RAM can physically fit but the slot its in can only support a max. amount anything above the supported total is wasted. However, you get to use the "supported" amount if all you had is above the RAM supported level, then again it could become flaky in operation. If available check to see if any bios update provides any re-address in this matter, but I thought it. The system may acknowledge the extra ram, but it won't use it for all practical purposes, be happy its working. Happy

good luck -----Willy Wink

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