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    Memory Upgrade?

    Hi, my computer has been running really slow lately and when I run alot of programs simultaneously, everything on my computer seems to be lagging and I have to take my hands off the computer for a minuto to let everyhing get back in palce then I continue. I am 99.99% it is not a virus or malware thing but instead a lack of memory or resources. I have gotten a low memory message a few times. I think I need to upgrade my memory, but I do not know anythint past that. What type of RAM should I get and what gives you the most bang for your buck. I am running windows XP and here is a picture of my specs if that helps you determine anything.

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    It depends on the type of ram installed at the moment and your motherboard. I've got 512MB ram in my laptop and it's idling at the moment....it has over 300MB/512MB free so something somewhere is taking up a lot of your system resources.

    What stuff do you have running at the moment like in the background/taskbar? Some of that can be quite resource hogging.

    Jamie.

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    I know, I am running a program that is resource intensive and I know which one it is, but I must run it. Is it memory that I need so the computer will not lag?

    Also, someone said to me that there are different types of memory for different computers...how do I find out which type mine accepts?

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    There are a number of ways to determine what memory you require.

    1) Find out the model number of you motherboard and look at the specs of that.

    2) Check on the current memory if there is anything written as to what type of memory it is.

    Based off the fact that you are running Windows XP (which requires P4 500mhz min) the different types of memory most likely would be:

    PC2100 / DDR266
    PC2700 / DDR333
    PC3200 / DDR400 (works best in pairs)
    PC4200 / DDR533 (works best in pairs)

    None of these are backwards compatible so you have to get the right type of memory to suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wabirdman
    Based off the fact that you are running Windows XP (which requires P4 500mhz min) the different types of memory most likely would be:

    PC2100 / DDR266
    PC2700 / DDR333
    PC3200 / DDR400 (works best in pairs)
    PC4200 / DDR533 (works best in pairs)

    None of these are backwards compatible so you have to get the right type of memory to suit.
    While that is true, that is hardly a hard and fast way of doing it. It could easily be running SDRAM or RIMM for that matter. And btw, they never made a P4 that runs at 500mhz, that'd be a Pentium III.

    It looks like your computer was manufactured so the information you seek should be easy to come by. I did a quick google search with the model number of your computer and it looks like it takes PC2700 DDR.
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    I'm a fan of Crucial.com. You can match the perfect RAM to your computer, so you have fewer chances of instability or other crap happening once the new RAM is installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy

    It looks like your computer was manufactured so the information you seek should be easy to come by. I did a quick google search with the model number of your computer and it looks like it takes PC2700 DDR.
    Thanks Oracle

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    Get > 512MB...1GB is even better if you have the cash for it


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