I am enjoying my Dell Inspiron 530 and the speed of its Intel Core 2 Quad (Q6600) CPU.
When I opened up my Dell to install my video card, I noticed that there are 4 slots for memory. Two of those slots are already taken with the stock 2GB ram (2x1GB)
I was wondering if it would be possible to buy 4x2GB ram sticks to make my Dell run at 8GB? Or is the limit only 4GB (4x1GB sticks?
The limit on the 32-Bit system is 4GB. Therefore, if have have the 32-Bit which you most likely do, then 4 1GB sticks would be the most you could put in. Only on 64-Bit systems can you go beyond 4GB. If you're interested in upgrading your memory go here: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Inspiron%20530
An additional 2GB will be $41.99. Buy PC2-5300 or PC2-6400 depending on what you already have in your system since there are two options.
Is the Dell Inspiron 530 a 64-bit machine? As I read in forums that Dell disabled the motherboard with the Core 2 Quad CPU so that it isn't a 64-bit machine.
Is it true that if I update the BIOS on the Dell Inspiron 530, it will make my computer into a 64bit machine and I can buy and run Vista x64 on it?
PS....I bought the Dell Inspiron 530 which had Windows Vista 32-bit included in the box.
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Your better off running the crucial scanner.The reason for this, each slot can only hold a certain amount of ram. I ran the scanner for my machine and this came up,
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300,DDR2 PC2-6400 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
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If you have a duel core CPU, then you can do a clean install of Vista 64 bit. However the crucial scanner said that each of my memory slots can only hold 1GB, to a max of 4GB total on my mobo ie: 4x1 etc. Its Dell getting people confussed with it's advert saying that you can get 6 Gb on the 530 mobo. Either Dell is right and crucial is wrong, or is the the other way around. It would be great to get 6GB for Vista 64, waste of time for the 32bit, or is it to do with this:
@JMICHAEL What I meant was will updating my BIOS enable me to rum Vista x64 and run a total of 8GB memory as it will give me back 64bit support on the motherboard that Dell disabled on the Dell Inspiron 530?
I know Windows Vista 32bit will run at 32bit even though my machine has 64bit support.
So I will benefit from 8GB and 64bit on my Dell Inspiron if I do a clean install with Windows Vista x64? I am wanting the extra ram because I edit videos and do alot of music production.
It's just that I read on other forums that running Vista x64 and using 8gb memory on a Dell Inspiron 530 is a waste of time as Dell disabled 64bit support on the motherboard on the Inspiron 530.
So does Dell Inspiron 530 support 64bit for me to run 8gb memory and Vista x64 to full effect?
So I can safely say that the Dell Inspiron 530 has support for 64bit and 8GB memory?