Dell Dimension 300; currently 512MB. I want to upgrade memory to 1GB

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Dell Dimension 300; currently 512MB. I want to upgrade memory to 1GB

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It is recommended by Dell that installation of memory modules is done in matched pairs.  Therefore, rather than buying just one 512MB module it is recommended that I buy two 512MB modules; which will go in the two memory slots - DIMM3 and DIMM4. 

  1. I suppose that I could remove the computer cover to answer my own question, however, I want to ask whether the current 512MB of RAM on my computer is made up of two 256MB memory modules or one 512MB memory module? 
  2. Which memory slots are the two 256MB memory modules or one 512MB memory module situated? 
  3. If there is just the one 512MB memory module do I need to remove and discard this, and then fit the new two 512MB memory modules?

Any help and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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  • There is no Dimension 300 that I am aware of.  There is a Dimension 3000, and it only has two memory slots.  In any event, I recommend you go to www.crucial.com and run the Scan My System to determine what you now have and recommendations to upgrade.

  • Sorry, I meant Dell Dimension 3000.  Thanks for the advice.  I'll check out www.crucial.com now.  Thanks again.

  • Olympian

    It is recommended by Dell that installation of memory modules is done in matched pairs.  Therefore, rather than buying just one 512MB module it is recommended that I buy two 512MB modules; which will go in the two memory slots - DIMM3 and DIMM4. 

    1. I suppose that I could remove the computer cover to answer my own question, however, I want to ask whether the current 512MB of RAM on my computer is made up of two 256MB memory modules or one 512MB memory module? 
    2. Which memory slots are the two 256MB memory modules or one 512MB memory module situated? 
    3. If there is just the one 512MB memory module do I need to remove and discard this, and then fit the new two 512MB memory modules?

    Any help and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Olympian

    There is no way to second guess what Dell installed, I recommend that you open the case, to check what memory modules Dell installed. or check in the system setup [BIOS]  Wink

    Bev.

     

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  • its gonna have two 256mb sticks.  I just attempted to upgrade to 2gb (two 1gig sticks) which shouldnt be a problem but after installing the new memory i have a Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:   /WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM  so after re-installing the origional memory im trying to figure out whats goin on.  I was thinkin about droping a water balloon in the case a couple minutes ago... but decided to see if anyone else was havin some issues and  or usefull information instead.

     

    Thanks and good luck 

  • Thanks Skedzatz.  Good luck in sorting out the issue that you're having with Windows.

  • hey mate yeah im haveing the EXACT same problem i know this is probls ages after u did something about it  but im curious did reinstalling the windows work or not???

  • As it turned out the memory I had was mispackaged >.< after getting the correct memory installed everything was thumbs up.