RAM Upgrade

  coolteentom 13:35 21 Nov 2004

I have got a really slow PC, which I want to speed up a bit. I am going to add some RAM Memory to it, however Belarc etc. cannot find the info for the memory. I have taken it out and have got it in front of me, but I cannot see any particular model names or anything, just a string of numbers and letters:

A big M, then

USA 9848N

87913 UD ST

  CurlyWhirly 13:56 21 Nov 2004

Try this as it should tell you what memory you have.
It gives a lot more information than Belarc. click here

  D G 14:39 21 Nov 2004

You can also try click here

  coolteentom 15:09 21 Nov 2004

Thanks for the links.

I have found out that the motherboard is an MSI MS-5182, but I can't really find anywhere to buy MS-5182 compatable memory...

  coolteentom 15:17 21 Nov 2004

On click here I have found 'The mainboard supports two 168-pin DIMM sockets.' I do not really understand this - does it help??



  SEASHANTY 15:29 21 Nov 2004

Memory for your board click here

  coolteentom 15:46 21 Nov 2004

Thanks Seashanty,

is there anywhere in the UK or europe that sells these - I have looked but only found American sites.

  SEASHANTY 16:34 21 Nov 2004

SDRAM is available from Crucial UK click here
Seems you would be better off with PC100 SDRAM because its cheaper than PC100 but it will only work in your PC at the slower speed. Your PC apparently will only support 512MB of SDRAM in two
slots which means either a max of 512 in one slot or 2 x 256MB in each slot. You haven't given the make of your PC just the motherboard. Crucial are putting up this MS-5182 memory as 184 pin DIMM so something is wrong somewhere. Check out on this website giving your PC maker for compatible memory
but I think non parity 168 pin DIMM PC133 or PC100 should be suitable.

  SEASHANTY 16:35 21 Nov 2004

.... mistake ---- should read "seems you would be better off with PC133 SDRAM rather than PC100" etc.,

  coolteentom 16:59 21 Nov 2004

Regarding the make of the computer-although I know it is a Time computer, I am not sure of the model and the motherboard has been changed since anyway, so I assume it would be different.

If I bought this memory, would I have to replace the 64MB RAM card with the new card? (ie Can I use the original 64MB in one slot, and a new 128MB in the other)

thanks again


  SEASHANTY 17:17 21 Nov 2004

Yes - you can do that. Strange tho that Crucial website on a search for MS-5182 lists the memory as 184 pin DIMM.. However, if you are convinced its 168 pin then go ahead and order. I would still check with them, however. They prob will not take it back if you order the wrong type

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