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When do you know that a RAM upgrade is good?

by psaulm119 / March 30, 2009 2:08 PM PDT

I just upgraded to 2 1-gig sticks of RAM for my Dimension 1501. Not having upgraded RAM before, I'm not sure how long to keep my old 512-meg sticks, before I know that the new RAM is good. the task manager tells me that I have 1.964 megs total, so the system is reading it now--but I'm wondering what kind of a grace period I should give it, before I ebay the two smaller sticks for 10 bucks or so. Is it a matter of, if it works it will work, period? Or should I wait a couple of weeks, or a month, before ebaying the stuff I took out?

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Test the RAM thoroughly using any of the several
by VAPCMD / March 30, 2009 10:23 PM PDT

(free) RAM testing programs available on the WEB.

Assuming it passes, then dispose of the existing RAM as desired.


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OK Found one
by psaulm119 / March 30, 2009 11:15 PM PDT

I downloaded this-- http://hcidesign.com/memtest/ Memtest. It says to let it run overnight for the most full results. I'll do that tonight and see what it says.

So far, my system seems a slight bit quicker--slight, but noticeable. And I haven't had Google Chrome take 10 seconds to minimize/maximize either, as it does after several hours of use (which is why I upgraded my ram). So far so good.

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(NT) Good to hear !
by VAPCMD / March 30, 2009 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: OK Found one
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Found a better one---one pass only but it says no errors
by psaulm119 / March 31, 2009 12:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Good to hear !

Well I couldn't wait till tonight, so I just did one pass. Happy It says no errors.

I found one called mem86+ that required a reboot--supposedly that can check more ram than an exe test from within Windows.

Anyways, thanks for the recommendation with no evidence of problems and a no-error test I'll ebay it later today. The RAM that I got was cheap enough--35 bucks for 2 one-gig sticks--but if I can bring that figure down further any, by selling my old stuff, all the better.

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Good to hear.. and I like Memtest86+ also. It's an old
by VAPCMD / March 31, 2009 11:59 AM PDT



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One thing's for sure....
by psaulm119 / April 5, 2009 12:44 AM PDT

I've heard some techies say that increasing your RAM won't speed up your system. Based on my own experience that is entirely false.

I've noticed a definite upgrade a few years ago, after increasing my desktop's RAM by only 256 megs (from 512 to over 700 megs); and now by doubling my laptop's RAM from 1 to 2 gigs I have gone 3 days without a reboot and my browser is still running like I just started it (before, it would slowly melt down my screen when I minimized it). I've definitely noticed an improvement.

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