Ram Upgrade

Hi,

in my spare time I'm helping people switch from Windows (mostly XP) to
Linux. In this case, I'm helping a guy with a quite dated Dell Dimension
5000. The PC is using a single slot with 2GB memory (Samsung
m378t5663qz3-cf7). Accoding to the Dell manual this PC supports 400- and
533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM, with 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
capacity and mounts max 4 GB.

So I wonder that a single module of 2GB (800MHz) actually works!?

I'd recommended this guy to switch to 4 x 1 GB, i.e. upgrading his
machine to 4 GB, he saw also the Dell manual, but he said he'd like to
try adding another 2 GB of the above Samsung.

Should he do so or stick to the manual recommendations?

Thanks!
//pasquale

Good question. I think he will find out. :wink:

I recommend to try Xubuntu, it is really way faster than Ubuntu. The
main difference is the resource intensive Nautilus, Unity, Compiz which
are replaced on Xubuntu by much more resource efficient components.

The difference is impressive!

Best,
Patrick

I've used Lubuntu in his case and he was amazed about startup speed :slight_smile: I
will continue to setup his machine this week and convince them (husband and
wife) to let go Win XP (it's a dual for now).
The upgrade to 4GB together with a *ix will guarantee them to postpone new
PC investment for about 4-5 years maybe.

I have to convince him to stick to the manual recommendations as for RAM.

Thanks,

//pasquale

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Hi,

in my spare time I'm helping people switch from Windows (mostly XP) to
Linux. In this case, I'm helping a guy with a quite dated Dell Dimension
5000. The PC is using a single slot with 2GB memory (Samsung
m378t5663qz3-cf7). Accoding to the Dell manual this PC supports 400- and
533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM, with 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
capacity and mounts max 4 GB.

So I wonder that a single module of 2GB (800MHz) actually works!?

Well ... in SDRAM S stands for "syncronous". Syncronous chips are known
to be able to downclock as low as 1Hz or less (RAM refresh problem
apart...) so it is not so strange. Usually incompatibilies in different
RAM technology involves different voltage / connectors but if these are
the same ... well you are fortunate! :slight_smile:

Sometimes there are "double face" modules. If this is the case you will
find that that 2G module acts as two 1G module and you will never be able
to install another in the adiacent slot but you will have to jump a slot
and effectively being able to use just two slots. The very same as to
fill up all four slots with 1G modules but with just two 2G modules.

I'd recommended this guy to switch to 4 x 1 GB, i.e. upgrading his
machine to 4 GB, he saw also the Dell manual, but he said he'd like to
try adding another 2 GB of the above Samsung.

Should he do so or stick to the manual recommendations?

I think that if it is like I have supposed above it is perfectly ok to do
so. Since you are out of specifications the only way to know if it is
going to work is to try...

bye