Ram Card Advice

Gateway 500xl desktop
July 10, 2010 at 19:19:01
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60GHz, 512 MB of Ram
Ok I have a Gateway 500XL model computer with Win XP and mostly standerd stuff still besides the power, video and sound card. Now I want to get more Ram and I don't want to buy something that wont work. All I know is I want the most Ram for the lowest price and be able to plug it in and have no issues. My mother board has 4 slots I have two 256 DDR ram cards. Not sure of the GHz. Please help. Thank you.

P.S. I did buy 4 1GB, DDR, 400, CL3, ECC, Reg Ram cards and couldn't get even just one to work no matter how configured. Figured Computer just couldn't handle it. Is it possible to go higher? And if so will it help or do I need to upgrade more?

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July 10, 2010 at 19:50:38
The reason the RAM didn't work is because it's "ECC, Reg Ram". That type of RAM is generally meant for servers & is not supported by the majority of desktop systems.

If I selected the correct Gateway 500 from the list, your board supports up to 4GB of PC3200 (DDR400), 1GB per slot. From the Q & A section at the link below:

"Q: Does my computer support ECC memory?

A: No.

Your system does not support ECC. Because ECC and non-ECC modules should not be mixed within a system, install the same type of modules that are already in your system."


Don't waste too much money on that old system. Stick to 2GB RAM (2 x 1GB).

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July 11, 2010 at 05:23:32
Thank you very much. I thought it was a hell of a deal on Ebay when I got 4 sticks for $40. Hopefully I can sell them on Ebay back and make my money back since it's not likely I'll have a desttop or laptop that could use them.

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July 11, 2010 at 07:34:32
I was going to get this buy in 4 hours since it's cheep and hope for the best. Will this work? If it does work out later I'll go for 2 1gb ram cards.


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