I hate to post about such old technology/hardware but if you are stuck with an old machine, will switching to 8gb from 4gb allow one to notice anything?
My computer is crashing recently and I can't figure out why (yet).
I was going to post a WTB ad for more RAM but my memory is obsolete so it will be hard to find 2 sticks that won't be drastically different speed and timings. Yeah, all DDR2 are but at least one can sometimes find Corsair, for e..g, DDR2. You can combine RAM and all the sticks will downgrade to the lowest speed and timings, right?
The only other idea I had was to post a WTB ad for 8gb and then sell what I have or keep it as a backup. I don't want to pay much though and although I'd like to say to 'leave it' and invest for a new DD3 system, I see a new computer (RAM, mobo) as over $300? It needs to be no slower than an Intel Quad Core LGA775.
Depends what you are using the machine for. Overall, is it likely that moving from 4GB to 8GB will improve your speed? For web browsing/email and that sort of thing its unlikely. Do your applications use a large amount of memory and will they benefit from more? Some games might benefit a little bit. Apps like Photoshop and such will for sure. It also depends on how many of these apps you leave open at once.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that unless your running a 64bit OS you won't see any improvement regardless of what you add.
Doubt your running a 64bit os so you would have to upgrade that. 2nd buying into ddr2 will be very expensive especially for 8gb. Third if your system is crashing figure out why.
Well, the lockups and freezing is during normal use such as web browsing but I do have a fair number of tabs open and other programs running. However, I don't recall having the problem before and I'm doing nothing differently.
I only run 64-bit so...
buy ddr2 g-skill [4-4-4-12]they are really big and black .
75.99 for 4 gbs .
Just buying parts when something is broken is a bad idea. Trouble shoot it first. Could be ram, hard drive, power supply, overheating, etc
Get a 8GB flash drive or a DVD-R blink and download Ultimate Bootdisk (thanks to whoever mentioned it before). It got all sort of tools for diagnostic so you don't have to use multi disk to load different tools. I recommend memtest86+ for memory and whatever HDD tool for your particular brand of HDD you have. If they all past then check the HDD cable. I had similar problem where the computer will lock up / non responsive but HDD operation light is lit. It would past the HDD test with no problem but once I replace the cable, the problem is solved.
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