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I am looking to upgrade the ram on my son's system. It is a vostro 200 slim. It currently has only factory stock, but looking to up to max.

My question is, can I run 800mhz ram or does it have to be the 667mhz. 

Found a deal on DDR2 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 / 800MHz.  Want to make sure no issues before I buy. Looking to get 2 sets. Have already tried optimizers on newegg, etc. 

They say nothing about 800, only 667. If cannot use 800, can anyone recommend a good site/deal.

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  • Hi, bluekiwi2012,

    Yes, you can use the faster RAM. Crucial recommends DDR2 PC2-6400 • CL=6 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-800. They have the 2GB (2x1GB modules) for $54.

  • Frys has DDR2 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC2-6400 / 800MHz / CL 4-4-4-15 / ATI CrossFire™ Certified Edition / Dual Channel / OCZ OCZ2A8002GK for 39.90

    Desc. 

    • 800MHz DDR2
    • CL 4-4-4-15 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
    • Available in 2GB (2X1024) dual channel optimized kit
    • Unbuffered
    • ATI XTC Heatspreader*
    • Lifetime Warranty
    • 2.1 Volts
    • 240 Pin DIMM

    Would this work?

    http://www.frys.com/product/5027495?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

  • bluekiwi2012

    I doubt it, the Vostro 200 requires memory with 1.8v, the memory from Frys, is 2.1v

    HERE is a list of compatible OCZ memory for the Vostro 200.

    Bev.

     

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  • Thanks for your help Bev, you have rescued me many times on this site.

    I have a question/thought on this subject.

    I have recently upgraded my Vostro 200's CPU to the latest and cheapest 3.0 Ghz Celeron Dual Core (about 50.00 GBP) which was possible because of the latest BIOS upgrade (1.0.16 at April 2011).

    If I use the faster RAM mentioned by Osprey above (Crucial recommends DDR2 PC2-6400 • CL=6 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-800. They have the 2GB (2x1GB modules) for $54) does anyone know if it is possible to have 8 GB of RAM rather than 4GB RAM with the latest BIOS upgrade and latest processor, or is the limit definitely 4GB?

    Thanks

    UnstableMable

     

  •  UnstableMable

    Both Dell and Crucial state the Vostro 200 supports 4gb of DDR2 RAM, see HERE

    But, to use 4gb+ of RAM you need 64-bit operating system, 3±gb is all a 32-bit system can address.

    Bev.

     

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  • Hi sir this is sheroz ahmed from pakistan plz help me i have dell vostro 200 slim core 2 duo i want to upgrad and make faster my cpu but i don,t know about cpu hardware tell me about rams what type of and how much  increase..and what type of 2 gb graphic card support my cpu...and how i upgrade bios plz tell me in detail 

  • shary bill

    Hi sir this is sheroz ahmed from pakistan plz help me i have dell vostro 200 slim core 2 duo i want to upgrad and make faster my cpu but i don,t know about cpu hardware tell me about rams what type of and how much  increase..and what type of 2 gb graphic card support my cpu...and how i upgrade bios plz tell me in detail 

    shary bill
        
    The Vostro 200 slimline, has a G33M02 motherboard, this supports a maximum of 4gb of DDR2 RAM,  [either 4 x 1gb, or 2 x 2gb modules].
        
        
    Regards to the graphics card, due to the constraints of the 200 Slimline chassis, [plus the 250w TFX PSU], only PCIe x16 Low Profile cards can be installed, similar to the ones shown here:
        
        
         
    All the instructions/procedures for flashing the BIOS are listed on Dell's Vostro 200s Drivers and Downloads section, that is listed at the end of this page, please read them carefully as a failed BIOS update can cost you a new motherboard.
        
     Any of the following processors are compatible with the Vostro 200s Foxconn G33M02 motherboard :
            

    Wolfdale Dual Core E7300, 2.66, 3MB, 65W, M0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8190, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65Watt, C0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8200, 2.66G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8300, 2.83G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.00G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8400, 3.00G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
    Wolfdale Dual Core E8500, 3.16G, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
    Wolfdale Core 2 Duo, E8600, 3.33GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
              

    Conroe E1400, 2.00G, 512KB,CCO,M0
    Conroe E2140, 1.60G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E2160, 1.80G, 1MB, 800FSB, L2
    Conroe E2160, 1.80G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E2180, 2.00G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E2200, 2.20G, 1MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E2220, 2.40G, 1MB, PCO, M0
    Conroe E4300, 1.80G, 2MB, 800FSB, L2
    Conroe E4400, 2.00G, 2MB, 800FSB, L2
    Conroe E4500, 2.20G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E4600, 2.40G, 2MB, 800FSB, M0
    Conroe E4700, 2.60G, 2MB, 800FSB, G0
    Conroe E6320, 1.86G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Conroe E6420, 2.13G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Conroe E6550, 2.33G, 4MB, 1333FSB
    Conroe E6600, 2.40G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Conroe E6700, 2.66G, 4MB, 1066FSB, B2
    Conroe E6750, 2.66G, 4MB, 1333FSB, G0
    Conroe E6850, 3.00G, 4MB, 1333FSB, G0
    Conroe E7200, 2.53G, 3MB, WFD, 65W
         

    Prior to installing the processor, you need to check that the BIOS are upgraded to latest version 1.0.16, as support for new Intel CPU's was added.
           
    Bev.
               

     

     

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  • Sir,

    I have a Dell Vostro 200 slim desktop.  It is loaded XP; but having used it satisfactorily for past 6/7 years, now the streaming most websites very slow.  Is it anything to do with MS suggesting to change the OS to Win 7 or 8? How to resolve this?

    2) Is it possible I can use a Sodimm DDR 2, 800-1 gb -200 pins SO Dimm (single or need to use only in pairs?)

    Thanks.

    rgds:mm


  • mmathews

    I would suggest a installing Win 7.

    I'm running Win 7 on an Inspiron 530, that is a clone of the Vostro 200, without any issues

    You could perform a clean reinstall of XP, to clean out all the accumulated garbage, that may have collected over the years.  but as Microsoft has no longer supported XP with updates since 2014, this would seem to be an exercise in futility.

    No, you cannot use Sodimm DDR2 memory, this is not supported by the Vostro 200s, it's primarily for Laptops.

    How much DDR2 memory is there already installed in the Vostro 200s?

    Bev.

     

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  • Installing Windows 7 at this current moment in time is a waste of time because in Late Summer all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers will automatically be updated to Windows 10....

    • Windows 7 costs more than Windows 8.1 and has over 200 Updates after SP1 to clean install.
    • Windows 8.1 will likely cost more than Windows 10.
    • You may get a discount or a free upgrade if you go from Windows 10 TP to Windows 10 RTM

    Windows 10 Technical Preview is available here, this system has a Legacy (non-UEFI) BIOS so make the USB with the MBR Partition Scheme:

    http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-microsoft-windows-and-office/download-microsoft-windows/download-windows-10-technical-preview-iso/

    My advise is therefore to install this and hold out on the Technical Preview until Windows 10 RTM is out.

    Windows 10 64 Bit on a SSD Boot Drive such as a Crucial BX100 250 GB will lead to far superior system performance than upgrading the RAM:

    http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Dell/vostro-200-slim-tower

    Windows XP may not install on the SSD.

    Note a DDR2 PC2-8500 4 GB kit may also be a good buy for this system.

    Philip Yip

     

    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.