: Hideous generic PC RAM question

Dec 23rd, 2005, 01:15 PM
Hey folks
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about RAM compatibility and PCs? Basically I'd like to get my girlfriend some more RAM as a stocking stuffer. She unfortunately has a generic (Quest) PC tower. While she was in the bathroom I sneakily took it apart and discovered the tower has 3 RAM slots, 2 are being used by 168 pin 128Meg PC133 azenram chips (like my old iMac's). I found a guy who's selling a used 256Meg and 512Meg PC133 chip for around the same price. Does anyone know if the 512 would work in that ghastly tower's empty RAM slot? it's a PIII 800mhz running Windows XP if that helps.
Thanks very much in advance!
It goes without saying that I've talked her into buying a mac when she decides to replace this dung heap.

Dec 23rd, 2005, 04:24 PM
The PC133 512 is unlikely to work. The PC133 256 may or may not -- if it has 16 physical chips on the module, it might, if it has 8 chips, only maybe, if it has 4 chips, no way.

If you can get the full make and model # of the motherboard I can tell you what it can take.


Dec 23rd, 2005, 06:42 PM
If you can get the full make and model # of the motherboard I can tell you what it can take.

That means that he's going to have to wait for her to take another extended bathroom break!!! :lmao:

Dec 23rd, 2005, 09:04 PM
You can either take it apart and read it off the silskreening on the board, or you can install and run Everest (http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=1) or Belarc Advisor (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html) or SiSoft Sandra (http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir=&location=downandbuy&langx=en&a=)
These may give the model number and a sufficient snapshot of the PC's configuration.

Dec 24th, 2005, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately we're in different provinces until after Christmas so it'd be impossible to get the configuration details. What a headache it must be owning a PC. I might buy the 512 and give it to my mum (who's got an eMac) if it doesn't work.