I am greatly confused with this old dell i recently took out the closet. i want to get it going for word/light internet reading for my mom. It is a dell dimension 8250. i need to know what ram it takes so i can start searching. here are the specs:
Cpu-pentium 4/ bus 533 mhz/ 2.66ghz/512kb
mobo-dell rev a00
HD-wd 120 gb
ram?- 2 x 128mb non-ecc
Gpu-Nvidia p73-64 mb ddr nvidia mx420
I know this computer is old. it was boughten in 2002 from dell. it may not be worth adding more ram too but thats why im researching. other questions:
What hd would i need? im thinking this 1 is either dying or dead. write times are pretty horrible?
would buying a usb stick and setting it so its used as ram be worth it?
thanks for your help
Ohhh, you mean that kind of different sizes, thats just different sets of ram having different cooling methods on them.
Where have you looked? newegg? naturally thats gonna be high for legacy prices, look at something like newegg, if you cant find the seperate parts, try and find a working computer with a P4 and the same RDRAM in it which you can salvage from.
That is if you really need the extra ram
ebay has 2x512mb for around $60. but seeing as rdram is so old ill probably get ripped with useless ram. this computer was once faster. and i think ifigured out why. the video card is not being reconized. it says code 10...cant figure out what that means. ive tried every install update. unistalling. etc using the original cd and nothing works. went into bios and set the agp to auto and vice versa. nothing seems to do the trick. anyone have this problem?
Will a usb make a noticeable difference? and are you sure...
If you have something like the OCZ enyo (that portable usb like ssd thing), THAT would make a difference. However if youre just using your generic 4GB flash drive you picked up for 10$ from your nearest bestbuy or whatever (not american you see) then personally i believe that wont make a difference. Im not sure about read speeds for RDRAM, but your run of the mill flash drive will only get you 20MB/s. I have w7, never tried readyboost.
BTW, does the computer has usb2.0? If it does, then just use a spare drive and see if it does anything noticeable. If its 1.0 or 1.1 i wouldnt even bother trying