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#1 12 years ago

First and foremost, I'm not that computer savvy. I have a computer that primarily runs Windows 2000, but I installed Windows XP Home Edition on it, which now means that it has two operating systems. I feel all of the programs downloaded carelessly when I was a kid on the Windows 2000 OS is wasting space for my Windows XP OS. I want to clear my computer entirely, even if that involves having to reinstall Windows XP. The Windows 2000 is absolutely filled with viruses, and that must be taking up space on the hard drive. I run a lot of programs, such as games, movie editing tools, etc. I opened up the computer to look for the type of RAM (I was going to upgrade it). I found two larger sticks that have "KOREA 0138 H 128 MB / 8 MR16R0828BN1-CK8DF Samsung" printed on a white sticker. There are two smaller sticks that have nothing written on them. Assuming that the two larger sticks are the RAM, I have 256 MB of RAM. I want to upgrade to 512 MB of RAM, but I have no clue what type of RAM is compatible. Problem number 3. I want to add hard drive space. I think the hard drive on my computer now has an embarassing 30 GB. I found a nice external 250 GB hard drive, so I won't have a problem installing that. However, if I put this on an old computer, will it cause it to over heat? I also want to add a new video card. I have no idea what the "limit" is. I am mostly concerned about having two OSs on the same hard drive. I'm afraid that the virus-infected 2000 is slowing down the XP. Please, help me out here. I have so much stuff I have to do, but I am unable to do it because this computer is way to slow/ineffective. I know I was a bit vague, just because I'm quite lost when it comes to computers. I thank you in advance for any help you can give me. Regards, Pizzo




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#2 12 years ago

Actually, now that I think of it, can I just remove the two sticks of 128 MB and put any type of RAM in it, like a DDR2 512 MB stick? I'm unaware on the rules of compatibility.




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#3 12 years ago

I doubt that your mobo (motherbord) will support ddr2 so I would just go with ddr. Can you tell me what year you got the computer? Also if you plan to run XP it is best to have 1gig of ram.




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#4 12 years ago

I got it in 2000 I think. It was custom built by a family friend. It started out with Windows 2000 Professional, it got loaded up with viruses, so I took a Windows XP Home Edition disk, installed it, and now I have two operating systems.




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#5 12 years ago

You should sticker of your ram to see what kind of ram it is, chances are that if it's PC100 or PC133, it's going to cost you quite some money to purchase more ram ( since they aren't made anymore, they cost more ).




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#6 12 years ago

Whatever you do, don't try to run XP on anything less than 512mb of ram. It's a system resource hog and uses at least 128mb of ram at all times.

You can download and run "cpuz" to see what ram you have now to help determine what you'll need to buy.

Download cpuz here: www.cpuid.com (DL link in upper left corner)

And look at this tab about your ram:

cpuzmh9.jpg




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#7 12 years ago

I used to have PC100 RAM. It was actually fairly cheap. Try searching on eBay or something.




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#8 12 years ago
Obliviouscpuzmh9.jpg

off topic but...your ram is 255 years and 255 weeks old? :dropsjaw:




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#9 12 years ago

PC100 RAM is actually more expensive than the other ones. You used to be able to put PC133 in a PC100 slot but they changed the specs for 133. You have to use one that says PC100/133 or PC100. I bought a 512 stick of the Kingston Value RAM about a year ago and it cost me about $90. :nodding:




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#10 12 years ago
Ultimate-Omenoff topic but...your ram is 255 years and 255 weeks old? :dropsjaw:

LOL Indeed. I noticed that too!

I've gotten alot of mileage out of my ram, eh? :p