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Master Geek

Topic # 23198 21-Jun-2008 17:07
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I have just put some more ram in my girl friends computer but it is not showing up in system properties. is there any thing i have to do to get it to recognise the ram? the computer is a old hp pavillion 533a with windows xp it has pc2100 ddr sdram 256 mb in it at the moment and i have installed another 256 mb stick but it is ddr pc3200 400mhz but says on it that its backward compatable with 266 and 333 mhz. is it that the ram is wrond type or that the mother board cannot handle any more ram?? sorry about the spelling any help would be great.

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  Reply # 139940 23-Jun-2008 14:19
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Before upgrading RAM you need to look for:
1. Mother Board supported RAM
2. RAM Bus Speed
3. Make & Model

If all of these correct then you need to check new RAM in other systems whether it is inorder or not...


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Master Geek

  Reply # 140064 23-Jun-2008 23:00
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o ok

how do i find out what the mother board supports?


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  Reply # 140070 23-Jun-2008 23:36
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Your HP system should support PC2100 DDR RAM. Do one thing...Remove old RAM PC2100 and install new RAM PC3200 if PC detects 256 MB RAM then motherboard supports PC3200 RAM otherwise need to find 2nd PC2100...


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Master Geek

  Reply # 142219 2-Jul-2008 13:52
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IF what is said does not work, you might need to look at a BIOS update which you can find on your processor makers site

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Master Geek

  Reply # 142315 2-Jul-2008 18:44
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thanks for the help all, will try those things

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