4gb of Ram in inspiron 9400???

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4gb of Ram in inspiron 9400???

  • hello, I've a inspiron 9400 with 2gb Ram, but now i need upgrade this because i need more ram memory for my aplications (photoshop, studiotools and others) Is it possible upgrade my inspiron to 4GB ram memory? Can I usethis memory ins XP pro or vista? or only is possible with Vista. i read in other forun that exist a little problem to recognice the 4 GB of memory, because only reconice 3GB ram. Please help me. (sorry for my english)
  • Official support is for 2G - 4G may work but to fully use it you need a 64-bit CPU (i.e., Core 2 Duo) and a 64-bit version of XP or Vista (or Linux).
  • i haven´t problems with my processor, i´ve intel core 2 duo 7200. but muy operative system is windows XP pro. and i have the upgrade to windows vista bussines, i'm not sure that SO is 64 bits.
    if  I install a 64 bits OS, the 4GB of ram work correctly?
  • If you can get 4G to work, yes. 4G is not supported by Dell - it may work, but it may not.
  • you have the 32bit OS. Vista or XP will recognize around ~3.2GB.
     
    you have to get 64bit OS to recognize all of it.
     
    Your Vista upgrade kit is OEM so you do not qualify for the 64bit OS media kit from Microsoft.
     
    If you're wondering what that is ... if you have a retail 32bit version of Windows Vista (any flavor) then you can buy a 64bit Vista DVD for ~$10. 32bit keys work on 64bit OS.
  • yes 4gb does work in this model but it only shows as 3.25gb?but runs fine

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • dgkpcon:
     
    Glad that someone has finally reported being able to install 4 GB in a 9400. The user manual for my E1705 lists 4 GB max RAM. The current manual on the dell site claims only 2 GB max, as do some of the RAM supplier sites. I wonder if this was changed to cover the "problem" of not being able to access the top 750 MB with most systems?
     
    Dimension 9100, Dual-Boot Win XP / Vista Home Premium, 3.0 GHz P4, 2 GB DDR2 533 MHz RAM, 160 GB SATA II Samsung (XP), 300 GB SATA II Seagate (Vista), 250 GB SimpleTech USB (WD Drive), Nvidia Go 6800 (425/825 MHz), Dell 1901 UltraSharp FP

    Inspiron E1705, Win Vista Premium, T7200 Core 2 Duo (4MB, 2.0 GHz 667MHz), 2 GB DDR2 677 MHz RAM, 2 GB Transcend 150X SD ReadyBoost, 120 GB Samsung HD, Nvidia Go 7900 GS - 101.19 Driver, 17” Sharp UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-Screen WUXGA

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1.1 Home - 32 bit

  • Its either that or they did not test the E1705,but i thought that the 1705 was the base for the 1710 so why would they not test it?

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • Just an fyi to anyone wanting to upgrade a 9400 to 4GB, my successful experience was as follows:

    I upgraded a used MP061 Series Inspiron 9400, T7400 Core 2 Duo, Bios Revision A09, XP Pro SP3 that already had two 1GB RAM in each bank (Crucial CT12864AC667.8FE). With that 2GB installed, the XP Pro Control Panel's System Properties window, immediately following boot, indicated, "994 MHz, 2.0 GB RAM".

    The two 1GB Crucial modules were replaced with a 4GB Kingston HyperX Dual Channel Memory Kit, KHX5300S2LLK2/4G. HyperX is Kingston's performance memory. The kit consists of two 2GB modules.

    However, I did, at first, have a problem getting the BIOS to recognize that new memory.

    I first made certain that the Bios was set to perform a thorough POST.

    Then I swapped out the two 1GB modules for the 2GB modules; but, following boot, System Properties still showed only 2GB of RAM total. I rebooted, went into the BIOS, and noted that it was only reporting only 2048MB of installed memory.

    After a bit of investigation, I found that the BIOS would see both 2GB modules only if I first booted with just one of the 1GB modules installed, leaving Bank B empty. Then, I could swap out that 1GB module for both of the 2GB modules; and, the BIOS would recognize both of them.

    The BIOS then reported 4096MB installed with 3327MB available. Immediately following boot, Systems Properties indicated, "994 MHz, 3.25 GB of RAM".

    For anyone who hasn't replaced memory in these machines, please be advised that, once you've replace the one DDR2 module with the two new 2GB modules and start the boot, you'll see a couple of lines at the top of the screen advising you that the machine is seeing a different amount of memory and if that's not the case, you should shut down and reseat the module(s). Ignore this message, be patient, and after a few seconds, the machine will continue with the boot process.

    Also, from my experience, if you already have a 2GB module in Bank A and want to add another 2GB to Bank B, it's likely that you're going to have to find a 1GB or less module to first boot the machine with, before it will recognize both 2GB modules during a subsequent boot.

     

  • Hello - I am sorry if I am posting a question regarding this topic... not sure how - so used a reply in order to ask.

    Anyway - My 9400 came with only 1 GB total Memory - I just upgraded purchasing 2 - 1GB modules?... I have come across something which made me believe my system can support 4GB... my problem is - without opening it back up... how many memory slots are available.. I thought only 2 but not sure now.

    If so.... do I have to buy 4 1GB cards (2 more) in order to reach its max? - I can not find in my online manuals or anywhere as of yet... what this system is upgradeable too and HOW many memory slots are there (even the service manual doesn't tell me) - could use a bit of help... Thanks I am a bit of a newbee but am learning quickly....

    I assume the Bank A as referred to is where you place two cards and Bank B is where you would add two more cards... again not sure what this 9400 has and can't confirm without opening it back up.

    Thanks again. Ketah

  • Your computer has only two memory slots for RAM. Dell says it will only take 2GB. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins9400/en/om/specs.htm#wp1082923

    You can scan your computer at http://www.crucial.com/

    This is a software program to tell you what is" under the hood "of your computer. http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

  • The 9400 manuals are available for download online from the Dell support site.

    Dell officially supported only 2GB of RAM in the 9400; but, if you took the time to read some of the posts above yours in this thread, you'll have learned that some of us have been able to get our 9400 to recognize 3.25GB or more. If you read the post immediately above yours, you'll see that I had to jump through some hoops to get mine to recognize the larger 2GB modules.

    Since you didn't post much info about your 9400, there's not much anyone can say about whether you might similarly be able to get more than 2GB recognized.

    In any event, there are only two slots; so, if you wanted to try to go to 4GB, you would have to purchase two 2GB modules to replace the two 1GB that you currently have installed.

    Since it's the BIOS that recognizes RAM, I wouldn't feel comfortable telling you to try installing two 2GB modules unless you had the A09 BIOS revision. And, quite frankly, if you haven't much experience changing BIOS settings,  you might want to find someone who is knowledgeable in this respect to assist you.

  • Upgrading to 4gb RAM on the E1705 you do NOT need to update to BIOS 9 first.I upgraded to 4gb when i had BIOS A08,and it worked without a problem and i upgraded about 1 -2 years ago,and since i have updated to BIOS A09 though.

    Just install both 2gb sticks.The hardware change configuration screen appears:your memory has been changed,hit the f12 button(i can't remember which key it said hit) i believe.It will now start diagnostic scanning and placement of the upgraded memory.Once finished the system runs and boots without problems and lists 4gb (if you have Vista SP1) but only 3.25gb-3.5gb will be allocated.

     

    With Vista,in my case,it allocated 1980mb for video RAM.

    E1705 T7400 2.16Ghz / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" LG WUXGA 1920 X 1200 / 4GB 667Mhz Geil Ram w/Heatspreaders / Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM / 500GB 7200RPM My Book / Nvidia Geforce Go 7900GS 256MB / Toshiba DVD/CD+/-RW DL / Intel 4965 A/B/G/N / 355 Bluetooth 2.0+EDR / Pinnacle Pro HDTV USB Tuner / Pinnacle Ultimate HDTV USB Tuner / Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced MB / Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme Audio Notebook / Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speakers / 2-NB-MA01 Notebook Coolers / 3D Mark06 5446 / Driver v.174.31 /

    XPS M1730 Saphire Blue X9000 @ 3.2 / Vista Home Premium SP2 / 17" WUXGA 1920 x 1200 / Matshita BD\DVD Combo / 8GB 800Mhz Geil RAM / 500GB>200GB 7200RPM / 9800M GTX SLI / AGEIA PhysX Accelerator / Intel 4965 / 355 Bluetooth / 5700 Mobile Broadband / 3D Mark06 16250 /Driver 275.50 beta

    XPS Gen 4 Desktop>being rebuilt

  • BIOS A08 is the minimum, A07 did not work.

    Edit:

     

    ok, 4GB works fine with 32-bit Vista, 3300-something MB available (3.3-3.4GB), which is still better than 2GB and cost me only $60 from Kingston (well, NCIX.com but it's Kingston RAM) including shipping. $60 for an extra 1300+MB is not something I would complain about.

     

    Have yet to try using 64-bit vista, as Adobe CS3 doesn't work well with it.

     

     

  •   With that 2GB installed, the XP Pro Control Panel's System Properties window, immediately following boot, indicated, "994 MHz, 2.0 GB RAM".

     

    I'm just considering of buying the 2x2GB Kingston Ram and follow the steps to get 4GB out of my

    Dell Inspiron 9400 (MP061).

     

    What XP Pro Control Panel immediately following boot, do you mean?

     

     

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    Christoph