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Ram Question

by bajarich / December 1, 2008 1:52 AM PST

Hello,

My physical memory is low. If I am reading the forum correctly, I need to add ram. Right now I have 256 PC2700 DDR. Can I install something other than PC2700. I.E.PC2100 or PC3200.

Thanks,

Rich

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Recommend Installing The Correct Memory Type...But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 1, 2008 1:57 AM PST
In reply to: Ram Question

...in a pinch, installing the PC3200 will "usually" be compatible with the system. There are no guarantees here but it normally works fine. Still, it will only run at the PC2700 speed.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Typically
by Jimmy Greystone / December 1, 2008 2:07 AM PST
In reply to: Ram Question

Typically faster RAM will scale down to slower speeds just fine. There are the odd exceptions to this, but generally it'll work just fine.

If you installed PC2100 RAM, you would slow down the RAM you already have installed. So while your system would still be quite a bit faster on account of slow RAM being better than not enough RAM, unless there's a significant price difference it's not worth intentionally hindering your system's performance.

Of course you didn't say what OS you were running. Your saying "physical memory" makes me think maybe you're still running one of the old DOS based Windows versions like 98 or Me. If that's the case, adding more RAM will NOT help your problem. It takes a little time getting your head around the idea, but that "physical memory" in 95/98/Me refers to the first 1MB of RAM. It's an old DOS legacy that has been haunting people for decades, and finally ended with WindowsXP that brought the NT lineage to the masses.

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Thanks!
by bajarich / December 1, 2008 3:25 AM PST
In reply to: Typically

Thanks for the info Jimmy & Grif

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