Desktops forum

General discussion

Memory maxed out ... considering more.

I have a new system from dell. Thing runs great....however I use it for work and it's constantly being pushed to the limit. I'm getting some memory erros once and awhile and of course it happens while i'm working on company time and it needs to be fixed.

Current specs:
Dell Inspiron 530
Vista Home Premium
Quad 2.4 processor
4gb 677mhz memory(only 3.25 shows)
250gb primary drive
500gb secondary drive
256mb ati 2600 xt graphics card

I think I need more memory....probably more along the lines of 6-8gb. Does anyone know if this Inspiron 530 can even handle anymore than 4gb? If so ... which Vista product must I get to allow more than 3.25gb of memory use? Vista Ultimate?


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Memory maxed out ... considering more.
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

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. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Memory maxed out ... considering more.
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
A few notes...

In reply to: Memory maxed out ... considering more.

1) What kind of work are you doing: Programming, graphics design, video editing, or something else that requires memory and processing power?

2) Is that Vista 64-bit or 32-bit? I'd suggest considering 64 bit before trying to go down the more memory route as 4 GB is the limit of 32 bit without resorting to tricks.

3) My guess would be that the Dell likely doesn't handle more than 4 GB of RAM though unless you are sure that the RAM is the memory issue and not something else, e.g. buggy software, video memory issues, then it may be that you'll fix the wrong thing.

Collapse -
(NT) Is the /3GB option set?

In reply to: Memory maxed out ... considering more.

Collapse -
Re: Memory maxed out ... considering more.

In reply to: Memory maxed out ... considering more.

koppandson, According to the Crucial link below your memory is already maxed out.

Q: Will my system recognize the maximum upgrade?

A: Possibly

How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found at


Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Enter to win* a free holiday tech gift!

CNET's giving five lucky winners the gift of their choice valued up to $250!