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Memory maxed out ... considering more.

by koppandson / March 1, 2008 12:42 PM PST

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?

Thanks

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A few notes...
by jbking2 / March 1, 2008 4:15 PM PST

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.

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(NT) Is the /3GB option set?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 9:21 PM PST
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Re: Memory maxed out ... considering more.
by Tufenuf / March 1, 2008 10:23 PM PST

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

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Inspiron%20530

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 http://www.crucial.com/kb/answer.aspx?qid=4251.


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