installing new ram and speed

July 6, 2011 at 18:56:31
Specs: Windows XP
Hello,
It looks like my ram (DDR2-SDRAM 2-1GB pc2-3200 400MHz) is having issues and I will need to replace it. I am finding ram that has more speed (533MHz, 667MHz, 800MHz, etc.) and was wondering if it would be okay to replace the old modules with ones that have more speed or do I have to stick to the same speed that came with the computer???
Thank you for your time and help.
Maria

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#1
July 6, 2011 at 19:32:46
Sometimes it's worth upgrading the whole machine. Let's see. Can we get the machine make / model? Knowing the specs of the system helps determine recommendations. Bang for your buck is always good.

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#2
July 6, 2011 at 19:41:18
Thank you for the quick reply.
It is an Acer Aspire E650 Media Center PC w/ TV Tuner ~ Windows XP Media Center ~ Intel Pentium D Processor 930 ~ Processor Speed: 3GHz ~ Hard Drive: 300 GB

Thanks again!!


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#3
July 6, 2011 at 20:20:47
What makes you think your RAM is bad? It's very rare that working RAM just goes belly up. Did you test the RAM with memtest86+ & find it to be defective?

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#4
July 6, 2011 at 20:53:39
I have been receiving an error message when shutting down the computer and have been told that it is ram failing/damaged. Here is the link for the error message: http://www.steveslostlandoftoys.com...
I am not able to run memtest86+ because our burner is not working properly.
Thanks again,
Maria

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#5
July 6, 2011 at 21:22:38
Disagree totally: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=...

Computing is like life, head in the Clouds !


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#6
July 7, 2011 at 04:59:03
I agree with Cloudcentric. On shutdown errors usually are drivers that are not releasing memory and 'hanging', causing the error message as Windows 'faults'.

Replace the burner $20 is not to much.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Check to be sure the old drive is SATA or you will need a data cable as well. It may be a PATA or SATA drive.

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/d...


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#7
July 7, 2011 at 08:45:11
We purchased a new DVD/CD recorder in 2008 and have had nothing but problems with it. It is a Memorex MRX-530L Internal ~ Interface: E-IDE (ATAPI) UDMA 33.
The specs on Acer site state as follows: Storage CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW Combo, DVD Dual, DVD Supermulti (selected models)
Up to 400GB Hard Disk Drive SATA (selected models)
9 in 1 Mediacard Reader (selected models)
varies by using 1 IDE connector and 4 SATA connectors
So was I sold the wrong CD/DVD recorder????
Thanks again,
Marija


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#8
July 9, 2011 at 10:16:06
Not necessarily 'wrong'. I've had a Memorex recorder. It worked. There are those that are rated better by features and specifications. The Memorex was probably a retail unit. The difference is in the included parts and software. An OEM or bare drive is just the drive, nothing else.
There is a setting to change from PIO mode, which was the default install mode of many IDE burners. You want DMA mode. Here is a short tutorial
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/win...
Make sure you have the most current drivers installed for best performance.


To update from IDE:
This one is pretty popular - 1900 reviews @ 5 / 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Cable kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You may need software with this drive. There are free burning applications available. If you leave the Memorex installed, that software may work with the new drive. Sometimes the software has a test for the drive it was sold with. If it works without the Memorex drive installed, that is a bonus.
Here is Nero Free burning software:
http://www.nero.com/eng/downloads-n...


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