Upgrading the RAM

  • cybersyd
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I am trying to upgrade the RAM on a family member's computer from 256 to a 512. I have never done this before, but understand that for an upgrade to succeed, the new RAM must be of the same speed/type as the current RAM.

The computer is running Windows XP. It is not online. It was made to specifications by a company with whom I can no longer get in contact, and no specifications sheet was ever created.

What info do I need to know to upgrade the RAM, and how can I find this out?
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  • JrzyCrim
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http://www.crucial.com/

At the top of the page, Step 1: choose your computer manufacturer then go to the next step and follow the instructions. It will return the type of ram you need, the maximum amount of RAM your system can use, etc.

If it's a custom built machine, you will need to know the specifications of the motherboard: Manufacture, model...

To find out system specs, go to Start > Run, enter: msinfo32.exe.

You should get a listing of manufacturer. model, etc.

CPU-Z is also a useful tool for identifying Mainboards (motherboards)
http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

I should add that you can enter motherboard specifics at crucial.com for determining the type of RAM you need.

Good luck.
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Thanks for that! I have tried CPU-Z before, and although it works wonderfully on my own machine, it fails to produce much of the information on my grandfathers (not quite sure why).

But the msinfo32.exe advice looks like it should work. Thanks very much for your help!
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I would just take out the old RAM and buy a whole new batch. It saves a ton of problems when you have matching sticks.

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