Dell mobo v Intel mobo

Hello all.

I have a Dell Dimension 4500.
On Dell's specs it says my max memory is 1GB.
Intels specs for my mobo 845EPT2 which i have in my Dell says the max is 2GB memory.
Who is correct ?
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  1. Maybe the 2GB... I have had a few boards that took more memory than the documentation stated, but it is a crap shoot. You are going to have to try it out to be sure.
  2. sadams04 said:
    Maybe the 2GB... I have had a few boards that took more memory than the documentation stated, but it is a crap shoot. You are going to have to try it out to be sure.

    Ok cheers. Also i tried crucial's memory tool to see what they recon, 2Gb !!
    thanks .
  3. If 512 per slot is the limit, no bios flash or other change will permit the board to use 1 gb per slot. One of those 1 gb sticks may work; installing both will probably cause your board to fail to post.
  4. Quote:
    double posting..?

    Yes by mistake ...sorry me first post !
  5. o1die said:
    If 512 per slot is the limit, no bios flash or other change will permit the board to use 1 gb per slot. One of those 1 gb sticks may work; installing both will probably cause your board to fail to post.

    Then why is the 2 specs different on dells and intels ?
  6. Intel specs are for Intel motherboards, not Dell. Dell has a custom simple bios that reduces the number of manual adjustments by enthusiasts. Like I said, you can try it, but it may not work.
  7. Quote:
    should i post on this one or the other..?

    Anyone..cos i dont know how to remove one of them. Cheers
  8. o1die said:
    Intel specs are for Intel motherboards, not Dell. Dell has a custom simple bios that reduces the number of manual adjustments by enthusiasts. Like I said, you can try it, but it may not work.

    Ok cheers
  9. jokerlad said:
    Hello all.

    I have a Dell Dimension 4500.
    On Dell's specs it says my max memory is 1GB.
    Intels specs for my mobo 845EPT2 which i have in my Dell says the max is 2GB memory.
    Who is correct ?



    Intel is correct.

    I have two Dell Dimesion 4550s still running fine with 2GB ram. Not sure of the difference between them and the 4500 but as I recall, they are essentially the same.

    Here's a guy who has 2GB on your 4500 machine.
    http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/new-to-community/f/3511/p/19265414/19453532.aspx#19453532

    And here's where I found I could do it on my 4550s.
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/w/desktop/dimension-4550-2gb-memory-yes.aspx

    That resondent to the 4550 question on the above forum said you had to flash the BIOS to a later version. Well, I did not, I still run A05 BIOS, and everything has been fine since I added the extra memory several years ago.

    I used Crucial memory in my boxes.

    Hope this helps.

    - "Observe and learn from the mistakes of others, so others don't get to learn from yours."
    - "Skeptics are seldom deceived."
  10. BC Milnov said:
    Intel is correct.

    I have two Dell Dimesion 4550s still running fine with 2GB ram. Not sure of the difference between them and the 4500 but as I recall, they are essentially the same.

    Here's a guy who has 2GB on your 4500 machine.
    http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/new-to-community/f/3511/p/19265414/19453532.aspx#19453532

    And here's where I found I could do it on my 4550s.
    http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/w/desktop/dimension-4550-2gb-memory-yes.aspx

    That resondent to the 4550 question on the above forum said you had to flash the BIOS to a later version. Well, I did not, I still run A05 BIOS, and everything has been fine since I added the extra memory several years ago.

    I used Crucial memory in my boxes.

    Hope this helps.

    - "Observe and learn from the mistakes of others, so others don't get to learn from yours."
    - "Skeptics are seldom deceived."

    Thank you.. I have ordered 2GB...cant wait to try it !!
  11. Quote:
    update.?

    I have got the 2GB sticks but not installed them yet cos i have brought a 3.06 cpu off ebay and im waiting for that.
    When i get it i will post my results.
  12. Quote:
    sounds good, let me know what you think when it's all done.

    Hiya ..im back with me results. 2GB memory works great and the 3.06 cpu works super..But the cpu has hyper threading and before i got it i checked Intel's specs for my mobo which is D845EPT2 and they say the mobo is HT compatible. Also they say i just got to go to my BOIS and enable it.
    Not so..it don't have a enable thing in my BOIS so i went to Dells help forums and they say that Dell have never released a BOIS update for Hyper Threading !
    Don't know if there is a way round that.
  13. Quote:
    if the documents saying the board is HT compatible then verify that the chip you have is a HT chip.
    options to enable ARE in the BIOS, you might have to look again.

    what are the exact chip specs including model/serial numbers.?

    I have checked and both are compatiable.
    The 3.06 is a northwood P4 SL6S5 and the mobo is D845EPT2.
    Intel says my mobo has HT with windows xp home.
    Dell says no.
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