It won't work, and 4 gb ddr2 sticks are expensive. 4 gb total system ram is plenty, even for windows 7 64. The 32 bit windows only recognizes 3.25 gb of ram, if that is your operating system. Most g41 other boards only work with 4 gb.
I've been building my own systems for twenty years, and have worked at dell austin assemblying boards several times. Besides, as I pointed out originally, 4 gb ddr2 sticks are very expensive even if your board worked with them. It's much cheaper to change to a ddr3 board than use 8 gb of ddr2.
thanks so much xor2g for doing the research, i looked so much for the answer to this question and was only able to find people assuming you couldnt or telling me its not worth it. Upgrading my dell is turning out to be tricky
I have a Dell Vostro Slim 220s with 4gb of DDR2 ram.
Suddenly my dell support center says that it can support 8gb of ram (the manual says 4gb).
When googling this I find some sites that say 8gb, most 4gb.
It has the G41 chipset, so in theory 8GB should work.
However, before I shell out, could somebody shed some light on this ?
Thank you !!
Yes it will work with 8GB DDR2. You need the latest BIOS flash though. I have a Vostro 200 setup to be a HTPC for my TV and I wanted 8GB ram, with the original BIOS or one that is not the latest it will not recognize it.
IMO, 4GB is the max it would take. Updating your BIOS may add the 8GB support, TBH i don't think so that with the latest update that you will be able to handle 8GB. It is not only the chipset, the motherboard but it also depends on the processor. So instead of try different things for this Old PC, let it be as it is. Instead save your budget for a new system.
I would get 4GB ones with good return policy, or even better, check your local electronic stores for this and try and return - in any case please post results back - it will help others. I would recommend using Crucial, Corsair, G.Skill and Kingston - those brands reported to work in Dells well.
I have one of these computers too. It is running currently on only one 2gb stick of RAM.
I'll look at buying some 4 gb DDR2 sticks now to upgrade. However, I will have to read up on the necessary BIOS upgrade. I don't know anything about that.
Can someone forward me a link to this information please?