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Physical Memory

While attempting to run a free dowloed of Adaware, I was told I didn't have enough Physical Memory to support it (256 MB). How do I find out how much memory I have, and is there a way to free up memory?

System info: Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002 (5.1.2600)
Service Pack 3

Compaq Presario SR161ONX
224 MB of RAM
Memory capacity 2.00 GB
256 MB installed Memory
256 MB memory slot 1
Hard drive has 47.39 GB free

Processor: AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3200+
Version: x86 Family 15 model 47 stepping 2
984 MHz, 224 MB of RAM

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Physical just don't have enough RAM

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in your system to begin with.

You have a decent PC.. but not nearly enough physical RAM to make is run efficiently like it could or should. It's like having a race car with an eight cylinder engine with spark plug wires running to four of the eight cylinders

Your system would run much much much better if you purchased and installed one of these kits with 2 DIMMs at 512MBs (1GB total $46) or 2DIMMs at 1GB (2GB total-$72).


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Thanks for the help. Is this something I can buy at an electronics store, or perhaps the "Geek Squad" would know about at Best Buy, or will I have to special order it from the site you've provided? Obviously I'm not too computer saavy, so I do appreciate your help.

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If you're reasonably handy ...adding RAM to as desktop PC

In reply to: Kits???

is pretty easy. Dell has pretty good DOCs on 'How to' do things re their PCs and Crucial is a reliable mail order source that provides quality RAM, guarantees compatibility and provides support.

If not, then by all means take the CPU to BB... buy the RAM and let them install it, test it, etc., take it home and enjoy.

Let us know how it goes....think you'll be pleased.


PS...Your system is designed to run with pairs of DIMMs so to get the best performance from what you buy .. get matching DIMMs in pairs usually referred to as kits. Get two 512MB DIMMs for at total of 1GB or two 1GB DIMMs for a total of 2GBs.

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Too much?

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I went ahead and ordered 4 1GBs. Is that too much? Should I only install one or 2?

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When it comes to RAM, more is (almost) always better.

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However ...depending on use...the RAM sweet spot for WinXP is between 1 and 2GB . . ergo the reason I suggested getting 1GB or 2GB. It should also be noted that WinXP can only use 3.2GBs(+/-) even if 4GBs is installed.

My best advice is to reduce the order to 2GBs if any way possible. With the 2GBs you might also be able to use whatever you can of the existing RAM.


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Thank you so much for your help.

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(NT) You're welcome...let us know how it turns out.

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