Dell Dimension 3000 RAM upgrade

December 16, 2009 at 21:17:25
Specs: Windows XP
I'm going to upgrade my RAM from 512MB to 2GB. I saw a video on youtube that when the computer is restarted the first screen you get says:

The amount of system memory has changed.
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.

Which key do I strike?


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#1
December 16, 2009 at 21:46:54
Hit F2, go into setup and choose to save the settings. You shouldn't need to change anything there as the ram shoiuld be auto detected.

Then exit setup and it should reboot into windows.

If instead you hit F1 it should go ahead and boot into windows but then on next bootup it may ask that question again.

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#2
December 16, 2009 at 23:29:11
that seem too much upgrade. you have to check that your pc can run with high ram or not.

good luck

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#3
December 17, 2009 at 05:09:00
I agree with pokyehyeh. I think the Dell Dimension 3000 only takes up to 1 GB maximum of RAM.

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#4
December 17, 2009 at 09:38:01
This:

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

shows it'll accomodate 2 gig. Not all 1 gig sticks may be compatible so make sure whatever you get is refundable if it doesn't work in yours. You may want to check at crucial.com and see what they show.

Edit Here's the Crucial link:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...

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#5
December 17, 2009 at 10:27:01
Four answers already! Sweet!

Thanks, DAVEINCAPS. My instincts proved wrong yet again. I was thinking F1 was the correct answer.

And thank you, pokyehyeh, kx5m2g, and DAVE (again) I used the thingamawhozit at crucial and it said I could go up to 2GB. And considering the fact my computer is now taking 18 minutes to reboot - that's right: eighteen minutes is that some kind of a record - I figured 1 GB might not be enough.

I'll performing my little bit of cyber-surgery over the weekend. If anything goes wrong I'll be back with more questions (although the videos on youtube make it look pretty easy.)

Thanks again to all of you.


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#6
December 17, 2009 at 11:57:49
I obtained the information about 1 GB max from http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/de... but that's an old link. It's good that you used crucial's cite to scan your computer. The crucial link says that the standard memory is 128, 256, or 512MB, and that there are 2 available slots, so I'm not certain that you will be able to go up to 2 GB. In any event, if your computer is now taking 18 minutes to reboot, there might be some other reasons besides not having enough RAM. Windows XP should work fairly well with 512 MB of RAM.

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#7
December 17, 2009 at 12:03:44
Yeah, an 18 minute boot up is more than just ram. Might be a hard drive that's slowing down or just too much junk software loading.

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#8
December 17, 2009 at 15:27:57
I suspect you guys are right. Currently I have 53 processes and 750MB of PF Usage (whatever that means) at start-up. Someone once told me I should have about 30 processes or so running.

I once checked every process listed at sites like liutilities, processlibrary, whatisprocess. Every process is either "vital" or the sites recommend leaving them alone unless I suspect them of causing trouble. I'll check them again this weekend before changing the RAM.

Also I have an 80GB hard drive - my computer will be 5 years old in February - with about 60GB used and about 12GB free. I read somewhere - at lifehacker, I think - that the hard drive should never be more than 75% full. So it looks like I have another chore this weekend.

I'd be grateful for any thoughts or opinions you guys have about my situation.


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#9
December 17, 2009 at 15:41:25
The recommended minimum proportion of free space is 15 % so you are near the limit. download and run CCLEANER or CCLEANER Slim as a first step to trimming your overhead.

I suggest also run a HDD diagnostic since the kind of slow load you have described can be a symptom of a failing drive. I lost a drive that way recently.

Next, backup files, documents,pictures, music etc to external media. ie burn to CD/DVD or an external harddrive.

Check your backups work then consider deleting unused items to make more room. Then defrag.

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#10
December 17, 2009 at 15:51:28
If you are running system restore, you can disable it and that will delete all of the old restore points and probably free up some space. Then you can enable it again if you want. I think you can also delete specific restore points-I don't remember since I never use sytem restore anymore.

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