Computer Has Problems Starting up

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
May 3, 2011 at 04:12:15
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 / No RAM
I have two Dell computers. I'm not exactly sure how old they are but they take two different types of memory. They also don't have hard drives in them but I'll worry about that later.

With one computer it says the type of memory for the computer is RMM1 and RMM2...when I look at the memory slots there are two small protruding sections about a half an inch from the center that require there to be indention in the memory chip. (There are a total of two memory slots.)

With the other computer it says DIMM1—on the motherboard--for one of the memory slots and DIMM2 for the other. It has only one small protruding section in the center with each memory slot. (There are a total of two memory slots.)

I was working before I took the power supply out.

If I were to buy memory for any of these system what would I have to look for? (I am looking for the best/cheapest price available please.)

Thanks very much in advanced for any helpful responses.



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May 3, 2011 at 13:28:10
One of the units which you describe as using RIMM memory uses memory generally called RDRAM. RDRAM must be used in pairs and all memory slots must be filled with either RDRAM or Continuity-RIMM (CRIMM), also known as terminator or dummy modules.

That type of RAM is fairly expensive. Add the cost of a hard drive and a copy of Windows and that unit is not cost effective, IMO. If you find used RDRAM and CRIMMS then is MIGHT make sense. Se the link below for more on RDRAM.

What you evidently have are someones castoffs. As such the original owner didn't think they were worth anything and that is how you should treat them.

The Second unit is not quite as bad but still posses the same basic expenses.

Keep in mind that you don't knwo if these units will work even if you install RAM and hard drives. You will still have very old technology.

I recommend you put these on the side and wait to pick more hardware off the curb to make complete computers. Then you could install some version of Linux for free and the deal makes sense.

BTW, you still need monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.

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