RAM shortage?

  bob308w 09:24 02 Jan 2006

When I bought my PC, the advertising blurb said 512mb RAM, when I look in System properties, it says memory; 348mb RAM. Have I been short-changed on memory, or is the rest of the RAM in use? Although no programmes were running at the time?

  Diemmess 09:44 02 Jan 2006

Probably you have an integrated video on the motherboard and this is 'using' the missing RAM

  bob308w 09:55 02 Jan 2006

Thank you, now RAM as I understand it, is the piece that I can increase by plugging in another alongside the existing? I assume that I have to use similiar i.e. 512MB Corsair DDR400?

  bob308w 10:13 02 Jan 2006

I have just looked on the PCWorld site, In 512 RAM they have 2 - DDR, 2 - DDR DIMM and 2 - DDR2 listed, what is the difference? or to simplify that, which one do I need? I assume Corsair to be the make of my existing, does the 400 have any signifigance?

  Diodorus Siculus 11:11 02 Jan 2006

Yes 400mhz has a significance - that is the speed of the RAM.

It is also known as PC3200 RAM

click here for 512mb at PCWorld for £25

What you need is DDR 3200 RAM.

  Diodorus Siculus 11:12 02 Jan 2006

By the way, DDR 2 will not work for you - what you need has 184pins whereas DDR2 has 240.

  bob308w 11:59 02 Jan 2006

Thanks, Diemmess and Diodorus Siclius for your assistance, RAM is on its way from PCWorld.

  Diodorus Siculus 12:04 02 Jan 2006

Have you got PCW nearby? If so, you can order on the web using Collect At Store. click here

  Diodorus Siculus 12:09 02 Jan 2006

PS If not PCW nearby, and you are making a purchase via the net, then have a look at click here

  bob308w 17:23 02 Jan 2006

Thanks Diodorus Siculus, its ordered and on its way. PCW is twenty plus miles away, It was cheaper to pay the £3.99 postage than to run my 4WD there and back.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:54 02 Jan 2006

Not to worry - Crucial is my favourite for RAM - excellent service and the RAM guaranteed to work. Generally their prices are pretty competitive too.

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