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Author Topic: Want to add new ram, how to tell what kind...?  (Read 1518 times)
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« on: June 13, 2009, 10:26:34 pm »

I got a 3ghz hyperthreading pentium 4 from ebay. Its running vector great but with virtualbox running xp the system slows considerably.

This is most likely because the machine has only 512 megs of ram. I wanted to order some more memory but I am not sure what type this pc takes, its an intel desktop board...

The seller has not replied to my questions. I have not bought ram since I had like a pentium 1.5 ghz. Most of my other pcs are around that era (sad but true!) and all the ram for those is one type.

This pc must take a newer type, but I'm not sure which kind. The old kind looks the same size but won't fit.
Is there some way from the bios or someplace else I can tell what kind of ram to order? I'd like to load it up with 4 gigs, it has 4 slots for memory sticks...

Thanks for any help,

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 01:37:29 am »

If you know the make and chipset of the motherboard you may be able to find it by googling it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 03:21:53 am »

Why not just take out the old RAM and have a look of the model?
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2009, 05:17:32 am »

Most socket 478 boards use DDR RAM (PC2100 to PC3200) although there are few exceptions. Socket 478 was most common for P4 processors. There are some socket 775 boards and they vary in RAM use of DDR and DDR2. During posting your BIOS may indicate the socket set but knowing the motherboard chipset or looking at the RAM on the board should give you the answer you need.

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