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Dell Inspiron 530 - Upgrade to 8GB ram possible?

  • Hi,

     

    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?

     

    Please advise

     

    Artmuzz 

  • 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.  

    • Dell Dimension 4600, P4 2.66 GHZ, 320GB SATA HD, Nvidia 6200, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Dell Optiplex GX280, P4 3.2 GHZ, 80GB SATA HD, Windows XP 32-bit
    • Dell Inspiron 530, Q6600 Quad, 500GB HD, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Custom Build, Q6600 Quad, (2) 500GB SATA HDs, 4GB Ram, EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SC, Corsair 650TX PSU, DVD RW, DVD Blu-ray, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit



  • Also, something to keep in mind: if you have the 32-bit Vista, it will not recognize all 4 GB.  The best you could expect would be around 3.5.
  • 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?

     

    Please advise

     

    Artmuzz 

     

    PS....I bought the Dell Inspiron 530 which had Windows Vista 32-bit included in the box. 

    Message Edited by Artmuzz on 09-17-2008 06:20 PM
  • Dell (home and home office) sells the 530 with 64-bit Vista (see here). You can even select it with 6GB. 6GB requires 2 x 2GB + 2 x 1GB, so the system accepts 2GB DIMMs, and therefor should also easily support 4 x 2GB to make 8GB.

    Member since 2003

  • You probably just want to double-check: I have an Inspiron 530 that I bought two months ago, and I have the 32-bit version of Vista (there was an option for the 64-bit, but I chose 32).
  • 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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  • 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?

     

    NO.  

     

    See Here:  http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/Help/41531554-d5ef-4f2c-8fb9-149bdc5c8a701033.mspx
    • Dell Dimension 4600, P4 2.66 GHZ, 320GB SATA HD, Nvidia 6200, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Dell Optiplex GX280, P4 3.2 GHZ, 80GB SATA HD, Windows XP 32-bit
    • Dell Inspiron 530, Q6600 Quad, 500GB HD, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Custom Build, Q6600 Quad, (2) 500GB SATA HDs, 4GB Ram, EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SC, Corsair 650TX PSU, DVD RW, DVD Blu-ray, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit



  • 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:

     

    http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=vista&thread.id=64313

     

          

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  • @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.

     

    Please advise

     

     

    Artmuzz 

    Message Edited by Artmuzz on 09-18-2008 02:20 PM
  • Updating your BIOS will not enable you to run Vista 64 and utilize more memory.  The only way is to do a clean installation and install the 64-Bit version of Vista and you need a full version of the operating system to do that.  What would be the purpose?  Why do you need 8GB of Ram?  If you happened to be within your time limit, return the 32-Bit version and get the 64-Bit version from Dell if that is what you want.
    • Dell Dimension 4600, P4 2.66 GHZ, 320GB SATA HD, Nvidia 6200, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Dell Optiplex GX280, P4 3.2 GHZ, 80GB SATA HD, Windows XP 32-bit
    • Dell Inspiron 530, Q6600 Quad, 500GB HD, Vista Home Premium 32-bit
    • Custom Build, Q6600 Quad, (2) 500GB SATA HDs, 4GB Ram, EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SC, Corsair 650TX PSU, DVD RW, DVD Blu-ray, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit



  • 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?

     

    Please advise

     

     

    Artmuzz 

    Message Edited by Artmuzz on 09-18-2008 04:43 PM
  • No bios update is needed to add support for x64.

    Member since 2003

  • So I can safely say that the Dell Inspiron 530 has support for 64bit and 8GB memory?

     

     

    Artmuzz 

  • "Can you give the specs on the RAM?  What brand, model, voltage....
    It is possible that you purchased 2.2V memory for you 1.8V machine.  If that is the case, the SPD information in the RAM might cause your computer to clock the RAM down to 667MHz due to the lack of voltage at 800MHz."
    How would I know which 800MHz I should buy? How can you find out whether or not your Dell Inspiron 530 us 2.2V or 1.8V?