I would like to increase my RAM

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February 7, 2009 at 13:11:54
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 860 MHz / 119 MB
My computer's original os was windows 98 but about a year or two ago I changed it to windows xp. My computer though, remains a bit on the slow side of performance as it still hails from the era of win. 98'. I'm assuming that 119 mb of RAM isn't a lot these days and I would like to increase it somehow. I would like to know ways I can do this, and the pros and cons of these methods. Also.. is there any software that can help with this?

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February 7, 2009 at 13:35:20
Your computer is probably to old to just upgrade the ram the reason being your motherboard will not support any ram you can buy now days and if you get a new motherboard that will support newer ram you will have to get a processor that the new board will support and maybe a power supply depending on just how old yours is.

Hope my input helps.

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February 7, 2009 at 13:53:13
Your best choice would be to get a secondhand computer that's faster and with more ram. Try a local small computer shop that builds and repairs them.
I don't know where you live, so can't tell you where.
I'm in Australia and here is an example from my local shop:
"PENTIUM 4 - 2.66G Box -------$80
• Pentium 4 -2.66G CPU • 512DDR RAM • 40GB HDD • CDROM • Sound • Lan • USB • ATX slim case • Keyboard • Mouse • WindowsXP Pro installed with License"
On current exchange rates, that's less then $60 US.

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February 7, 2009 at 13:57:24
"I'm assuming that 119 mb of RAM isn't a lot these days and I would like to increase it somehow"

These days? It wasn't a lot 10 yrs ago...lol. And it doesn't even meet the minimum requirements for XP so I'm sure your system is painfully slow. You're gonna have to find out how much RAM your motherboard supports, then see what you can dig up. If you know the make/model of your board, you can check the manufacturer's website, or you can go to a site such as crucial.com & either use their online scanner or manually enter your board info.

I'm fairly sure you need PC133. Here's 256MB sticks for $9:


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February 7, 2009 at 15:53:38
The minimum for XP is 64mb's of RAM.

Going to need to know at the very least what motherboard you have.

Are you using a retail computer? IE. dell, compaq, etc? If so, whats the model number?

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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February 7, 2009 at 17:09:18
"The minimum for XP is 64mb's of RAM"

M$ says 128MB is recommended minimum then throws in statement about 64MB being supported, but it will perform poorly & not all features will function. I've always considered 128MB to be minimum because IMO, all features should function.

Regardless, I think we can agree that XP with 119MB is not gonna perform well.

EDIT: here's how it's stated: "128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)"


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February 7, 2009 at 22:35:11
It's going to depend on the exact motherboard--the VT8601 looks to be the chipset. But it may be able to handle up to 512 meg sticks of RAM:


If you know the model number you can go to a place like crucial.com to find exactly what is compatible and then check ebay or as jam suggests, the geeks.com site.

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February 8, 2009 at 05:54:37
Don't need to know the model of the board or computer. Go to crucial.com and use their online scanner to find out what type and how much RAM you can have.

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February 8, 2009 at 17:21:48
Thanks a lot for the advice so far guys, appreciate it. jam... my computer's speed is decent... the graphics for large games just look a little choppy sometimes... OK so it's not great, but it's satisfactory. (I think?)Right now my hard drive has about 7/39 gb's left (It's gotten below 3 before, almost making it unbearable to go into normal mode, so I had to delete files. Even now I occasionally boot up in safe mode for the benefit of the speed) and loading up a profile DOES take a long time. Actually, because of viruses, it was DEBUGGING mode lol. I was only hoping something like this advice help me improve the speed. So... no software that can improve performance? Or is it possible to partition the hard drive, as one of my friends told me, to gain more ram?

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February 8, 2009 at 18:25:02
RAM and storage are not the same thing although both are measured in MBs.

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February 8, 2009 at 18:42:51
partitioning the drive won't increase your ram.
I would say your drive is to full to play around with partitioning at this point, you would probably blow away your windows install.
maybe have a look at msconfig?
Use jams link, its a good deal.


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