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Old Dec 23rd, 2005, 02:15 PM   #1
 
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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.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2005, 05:24 PM   #2
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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.

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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!!!
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You can either take it apart and read it off the silskreening on the board, or you can install and run Everest or Belarc Advisor or SiSoft Sandra
These may give the model number and a sufficient snapshot of the PC's configuration.
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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.
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