Solved Will this RAM work in the computer I found?

June 20, 2020 at 21:39:27
Specs: several
I just latched onto a Dell Vostro 400 mini tower, which
has two sticks of RAM installed totalling 2 GB. According
to the info in the BIOS setup program (assuming I read it
correctly), it has a speed of 866 MHz. According to Crucial's
online memory compatibility thingy, it requires 1.8 volts.
According to both Dell and Crucial, the computer can take
up to 4 GB.total in the 4 slots.

I have two sticks of Crucial RAM left over from a computer
that I put together in 2010, still sealed in the original package.
Each stick is 2 GB, so it totals 4 GB.

I'm not sure which digits in the part number refer to the speed,
but it might be the "8500". I don't see any voltage. Part of the
labels on the sticks are covered by the label on the clear plastic
package, so I can't see everything. The voltage may be hiding
underneath. Modest thing.

The Crucial compatibility doohickey came up with 2 other RAM
sticks that do not exactly match what I have.

My impression is that the voltage needs to match pretty closely.
Maybe that is standard at 1.8 volts, and I don't have to worry
about it. The other numbers seem pretty close. If the voltage is
okay, I'll open the package and try them. Otherwise I think I'll
leave it sealed.

Here is what I can make out on the RAM labels and package:

Crucial 4GB Kit: 2 - 2GB 240-pin unbuff DIMM
256MX64DDR2 PC2 - 8500
CT2KIT25664AA1067

CT25664AA1067.16FE1

Okay, I peeled back the covering label so I can see what's under:

MT16HTF25664AY-1GAE1 200910 CBNDM3M005
2GB 2RX8 PC2-8500U-777-13-E0
2GB, DDR2, 1066, CL7

Can I use it, huh? Can I use it?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
June 21, 2020 at 08:33:56
If the board has 4 memory slots & the specs say the board can take up to 4GB total, that means 1GB per slot. However, the board is based on the G33 chipset which officially supports up to 8GB RAM. Standard voltage for DDR2 is 1.8v. Try it & see what happens. You won't damage anything, it will either boot or it won't. All these thing could be verified if you'd do a little searching.
https://www1.la.dell.com/aw/en/corp...
https://arf.berkeley.edu/files/webf...
https://www.intel.com/assets/pdf/pr...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_...

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June 22, 2020 at 23:32:37
Is it possible that installation of 64-bit Windows 7 into this
computer failed midway because it only has 2 GB RAM?

If so, I'll try replacing it with the 4 GB kit.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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June 23, 2020 at 02:38:13
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"Is it possible that installation of 64-bit Windows 7 into this computer failed midway because it only has 2 GB RAM?"

No:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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