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November 28, 2008 7:46:06 PM

a while ago i got a computer from my grand parents it was a dell demension 2400 i was just wondering if there was anything to make it faster. Possibly uprgrading the ram? it only has 256 mb of ram would i see any improvement in performance. I will only be using this system flightly longer until i have enough money to build a new system

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November 28, 2008 8:07:05 PM

What is your operating system? What software do you use (+what versions?)? Any of them particularly slow? When was the last time you reinstalled your OS? Do you defrag regularly?

Memory couldn't hurt, and you could probably get 1GB for ~25$ (512MB is ~20$ so I don't see the point) but I just want to make sure you need it.
November 28, 2008 8:20:27 PM

well the system is pretty slow overall. I am using xp curently. I mostly just use it for firefox, aim, napster, and sony music studio. I used to play some games but they got to slow such as warcraft 3 it used to run but it would take a while. Warcraft 3 and sony music studio run slower than the rest but in general the system is slow. I defrag regularly however i have never reinstalled os because i dont have the disk but i wanted to do it.
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November 28, 2008 8:28:50 PM

XP use more than 256mb ram .. Zenthar is right, look in newegg for sodim memory. cheap and good !

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/e...

Maximum memory : 1 GB

Memory type : PC2100 (266-MHz) or PC2700 (333-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC)

Video controller : integrated Intel 3D Extreme Graphics

edit 1 : your best bet is to get 2x512mb

*************** edit 2 (sry bad memory post, didnt checked the amount.

1go : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

512mb : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the video, its an onboard :(  i thnik you cant change it. but some ram may help ALOT.
November 28, 2008 8:33:38 PM

ok so how much of a performance upgrade will i see

November 28, 2008 8:36:57 PM

and also in my bios it says something about like video buffer and it has 2mb and a 8mb option will i get an increased performance in games if i change it to 8mb and will it slow down rest of system
November 28, 2008 8:39:02 PM

Sable Wanderer said:
a while ago i got a computer from my grand parents it was a dell demension 2400 i was just wondering if there was anything to make it faster. Possibly uprgrading the ram? it only has 256 mb of ram would i see any improvement in performance. I will only be using this system flightly longer until i have enough money to build a new system


Here's the link to Dell's support page, technical specs, for that model...

http://support.ap.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim240...

(Funny, it took me all of half a minute to find this info.) DDR RAM is getting costly, and is of no use once you get a new PC. It will be very difficult (and probably very expensive) to upgrade that P4 / celeron. Doesn't look to me as if it even has an AGP slot, let alone a PCI-e, and the onboard graphics is pretty old and slow. But, its your money, and your trash can.
November 28, 2008 8:44:02 PM

Croc ... -1 look my post .... 14$ a 512 stick ... quite cheap for that old stuff.

and i already posted the same spec sheet ... gratz for you ...
November 28, 2008 8:46:33 PM

Sable Wanderer said:
ok so how much of a performance upgrade will i see

Rule of tumb I use, doubling your ram will give you a 20% increase in performance. So your system will be about 40% faster going to a gig.
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and also in my bios it says something about like video buffer and it has 2mb and a 8mb option will i get an increased performance in games if i change it to 8mb and will it slow down rest of system


In flash games yea, in other games not really.
November 28, 2008 9:03:52 PM

ok thanks alot guys i was also thinking about doing a clean install but is there anyway to do this without a disk. I might be able to find a disk but not sure
November 28, 2008 9:19:20 PM

Hes right, i was playing WOW on my Dell Precision M60 whit a Gforce quadro mx700 512mb and was kinda slow.

Upgraded to 1g ram and became kinda ok....

But best is still a GOOD gpu .. and in a laptop its in most cas hard to swap.
November 28, 2008 9:22:55 PM

ok well thanks for the help i will probably get 1 gig of ram and see how that is until i get a new system
November 28, 2008 9:28:23 PM

just for XP, the ram will help ALOT
November 28, 2008 10:30:09 PM

boulard83 said:
XP use more than 256mb ram .. Zenthar is right, look in newegg for sodim memory. cheap and good !

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/e...

Maximum memory : 1 GB

Memory type : PC2100 (266-MHz) or PC2700 (333-MHz) DDR SDRAM (non-ECC)

Video controller : integrated Intel 3D Extreme Graphics

edit 1 : your best bet is to get 2x512mb

*************** edit 2 (sry bad memory post, didnt checked the amount.

1go : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

512mb : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the video, its an onboard :(  i thnik you cant change it. but some ram may help ALOT.
Why SODIM memory? Maybe I didn't see clearly, but the Dimension 2400 uses "standard" DDR, not laptop (SODIM) memory... no? For standard DDR memory, I think anything in that list will do.
November 28, 2008 10:55:15 PM

boulard83 said:
Croc ... -1 look my post .... 14$ a 512 stick ... quite cheap for that old stuff.

and i already posted the same spec sheet ... gratz for you ...


You don't live in aus....

And my post was basically about the fact that it took all of 30 seconds for me to find that information. Surely the OP could have done the same, then asked more relevant questions. Spoon-feeding noobs is getting old....
November 28, 2008 11:37:13 PM

sry my mistake about the sodim, but the mem i posted are fine !
November 28, 2008 11:39:33 PM

boulard83 said:
sry my mistake about the sodim, but the mem i posted are fine !
Both links are to SO-DIMM RAM, laptop RAM. I just don't want the OP to get confused.
November 29, 2008 7:00:17 PM

croc said:
You don't live in aus....

And my post was basically about the fact that it took all of 30 seconds for me to find that information. Surely the OP could have done the same, then asked more relevant questions. Spoon-feeding noobs is getting old....


umm if you would have acctually read my post i didnt ask what type of ram my system needed all i asked is how much of a performance boost i would see and if there was anything else i could do to boost speed of system. But umm ...thanks for your input next time i will try to make myself more clear
November 29, 2008 7:38:39 PM

sry, tough it was a LAPTOP !
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