Upgrading Dell Studio XPS 8000 Desktops' 3 GB to more with only one free memory slot #4.

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Upgrading Dell Studio XPS 8000 Desktops' 3 GB to more with only one free memory slot #4.

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Hello. Others and I would like to add more free memory to our Dell Studio XPS 8000 Desktops (manufactured on 2009-11-14) that currently have 3 GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 7 HP. Will adding 1, 2, or 4 (most likely) GB be any problems from Dell's memory upgrades as shown on http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cat=2999&cs=04&k=Dell+Studio+XPS+8000&rpp=12&p=1&subcat=2999%2f4325&rf=all&nk=f&ira=False&~srd=False&ipsys=False&advsrch=False ? This would be added to the current 3 GB into the empty memory slot #4. I read a forum thread that people had problems seeing all the installed RAM and had to replace motherboards/mobos., swap memories, etc. Thank you in advance. :)
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  • antdude,

    So you currently have three 1GB sticks in there? If yes, adding an identical 1GB stick into slot 4 will work. The only configurations using 4GB sticks are as follows -
    Slot 1 4GB, Slot 2 4GB = 8GB

    Slot 1 4GB, Slot 2 4GB, Slot 3 2GB, Slot 4 2GB = 12GB

    Slot 1 4GB, Slot 2 4GB, Slot 3 4GB, Slot 4 4GB = 16GB

     

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  • How come I can't install 2 or 4 GB into the fourth PCI slot?
  • Err, I meant fourth MEMORY slot. Dang Monday mornings.
  • Anyone else? :(
  • FYI on my current PC's hardware setup (similiar to others') from hwinfo32 v3.73: http://pastie.org/private/hv3zdo6zwkfkh4daydm30w and http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/32d4c8e806.gif ... I am using whatever settings that I got from this PC back in end of 2009.
  • Someone suggested me to use Crucial brand, but I am confused with the memory timings. I noticed our current RAM use PC3-8500F (533 Mhz) speeds. Does this mean I only can order these Crucial brands: http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=B46C7C5FA5CA7304 that are DDR3 PC3-8500? That's the only Crucial brand option is for two 2 GB so I would only be able to max out at 8 GB total with four pieces for each memory slot. So, that's about $191.96 per person. Does this sound right? Or can I use other memory speeds? I am not a hardware expert. ;)
  • So I got this one -- "8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64 Part #: CT1029717" from www.crucial.com/.../mpartspecs.aspx ...

    I removed the old three 1 GB RAMs, and then replaced with the two new Crucial RAM. They worked well, but then the last few days I got two random blue screens:

    On Fri 6/10/2011 8:18:40 PM GMT your computer crashed

    crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\061011-21465-01.dmp

    This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x70700)

    Bugcheck code: 0x1A (0x5003, 0xFFFFF90000812000, 0x4D7F, 0x81B500009AEE)

    Error: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT

    file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

    product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

    company: Microsoft Corporation

    description: NT Kernel & System

    Bug check description: This indicates that a severe memory management error occurred.

    This might be a case of memory corruption. More often memory corruption happens because of software errors in buggy drivers, not because of faulty RAM modules.

    The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver which cannot be identified at this time.

    On Wed 6/8/2011 7:47:14 PM GMT your computer crashed

    crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\060811-20654-01.dmp

    This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x70700)

    Bugcheck code: 0xDE (0x2, 0xFFFFF8A01935C8F0, 0xFFFFF8A01BC29909, 0x2B2BB8C0)

    Error: POOL_CORRUPTION_IN_FILE_AREA

    file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

    product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

    company: Microsoft Corporation

    description: NT Kernel & System

    Bug check description: This indicates that a driver has corrupted pool memory that is used for holding pages destined for disk.

    The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver which cannot be identified at this time.

    I am going to run Memtest86+ v4.20 over the weekend to see if it is indeed the bad RAM.  I noticed the blue screens happen after doing heavy multitasking and then doing light works, and then crash.

    Was I supposed to do anything like change CMOS settings after the RAM switch?

  • FYI from the latest hwinfo32 and CPU-Z tools' results if they give clues:

    zimage.com/.../DellStudioXPS8000new2crucial4GBramsBSoDs.zip

    (will remove/update when needed).