|Thanks for providing the Service Tag number. Using that on the Dell side finds the right model for sure.|
Product Support for XPS/Dimension XPS Gen 4 - Service tag G3Z4R61
System configuration - Service tag G3Z4R61
- your system was made - Ship Date: 1/27/2005
- the mboard has the original SATA controllers - you have a SATA drive.
Max burst data transfer speed for both - 1.5 gbits/sec = 150 mbytes/sec
Not much faster than the fastest IDE drives - 133 mbytes/sec
- you have a graphics card installed in your PCI-E X16 slot - good !
Much better than the onboard graphics and your ram performs better when it isn't sharing ram with the onboard video.
(installing a PCI-E X16 video card in that slot disables the onboard video automatically and stops sharing the ram installed in the mboard with it.)
- up to 4gb of ram can be installed,
However, your mboard DOES NOT benefit from DDR2 ram that's faster than 533mhz.
Your DDR2 800mhz ram can't run any faster than 533mhz on this mboard.
You installed the max 4gb of ram. That's NOT a good idea when you're using a 32 bit operating system. Your system will probably perform a little better if you remove one 1gb module.
How do I know ? Mine runs better with 3 gb rather than 4 gb. So does a friend's.
Dell's info in your Service Manual:
"Addressing Memory With 4-GB Configurations
Your computer supports a maximum of 4 GB of memory when you use four 1-GB DIMMs. Current operating systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP, can only use a maximum of 4 GB of address space; however, the amount of memory available to the operating system is less than 4 GB. Certain components within the computer require address space in the 4-GB range. Any address space reserved for these components cannot be used by computer memory."
The 4gb virtual memory address limit for 32 bit operating systems.
An example of 3gb working better than 4gb in a 32 bit operating system.
See Response 6:
A better explanation I've seen.
If you have a 32 bit operating system and you have installed 4gb in the mboard, the amount of that ram available to Windows and the user is
4gb minus the amount of ram your devices require or have.
E.g. 4 gb
- minus the amount of ram shared with onboard video if you're using that
- and/or - minus the amount of ram your dedicated video card installed in a slot has.
If you have more than one video card installed in a slot,it would be minus the ram for all of them.
(and = Some mboard main chipsets have Hybrid video capability. If you have a PCI-E X16 video card installed in a mboard slot that is supported by that feature, it's often the default for both the onboard video and the video on the card to work at the same time, unless you change default bios Setup settings. In that case it would be minus the ram for both of them.)
- minus the amount of ram your sound adapter has, if that applies - e.g. sound cards installed in a mboard slot often have ram
- minus the amount of ram any other devices have,other than hard drives and optical drives,if that applies.
A relatively inexpensive solution...
Your mboard has four PCI slots, one PCI-E X1 slot.
If you buy yourself a SATA II or SATA III drive controller card ( $20 and up ), PCI or PCI-E X1, and install it in a slot, you can use SATA II or SATA III drives on your computer and have them be able to run at their full burst speed.
SATA II = SATA 2 - - 3.0 gbits / sec = 300 mbytes / sec
SATA III = SATA 3 - 6.0 gbits/sec = 600mbytes /sec
If you buy a PCI controller card, they're usually cheaper, but don't install it in the last PCI slot closest to the center of the mboard - usually only PCI video cards will work 100% properly in that slot.
If you want to be able to boot Windows from a SATA drive installed on the card, you MUST be able to select SCSI in the bios in your Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup, and have SCSI BEFORE hard drive in that list.
If you can't select SCSI,
- the hard drives connected to the card can only be used for data - you can't boot from a partition on a hard drive connected to the card.
- you also won't be able to boot from a bookable CD or DVD in an optical drive connected to the card.
When you want to install XP on a SATA hard drive connected to the card, you have to either
- Press F6 near the beginning of loading files from the CD, then provide the drivers for the SATA controller chip on floppy disk in a conventional (built in) floppy drive
(your case has two external 3.5" bays - I assume one of them has a floppy drive in it).
- or - make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD - a CD-R works in all optical drives - that has the drivers for your mboard's SATA controller drivers and the card's SATA controller drivers integrated into the original contents of your XP CD. If you do that, if your XP CD does not have SP3 Windows updates integrated into it, you might as well integrate those into your "slipstreamed" CD at the same time. instructions are plentiful on the wen - the freeware nLite program can do both things. You use that "slipstreamed" CD to install XP along with your original Product Key.
Most Dell computers I've come across that had XP on them originally came with a Dell labeled XP Re-installation CD or similar - if you have that, that can be used the same way as a regular CD, but probably ONLY with the computer model it came
If you don't have that,
- you could try buying a Recovery disk set from the Dell site for your model,
- or if it's no longer available, look here to see if they have that
- or you can use a regular OEM Microsoft XP CD that is for the same version - Home or Pro - as on the official Microsoft label on the outside of your computer case. - it has the Microsoft holograms, and "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it.
The XP CD must have SP1 or later updates integrated into it on order for XP to have the built in support to recgnioe hard drives larger than 137gb hard drive manufacturer's size as their full size.
If it doesn't have that,
- they'll be recognized as max 128 gb binary size by Setup on the CD.
- make yourself a "slipstreamed " CD-R that has the SP3 updates integrated into it - use that to install XP. .