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January 7, 2012 11:47:48 PM

I have Dell Inspirion 530 computer. It currently has 4x1GB cards (4GB total). When looking on line, mostly google, I get differing opinions on wether I can upgrade. Some sources claim 4GB is the maximum. At least one site says 8 GB (4x2gb cards) will work with Vista Home Premium (which I have). I am an idiot relative to computer configuration. I would love to here from people who know what can be done before making the spend. Is the upgrade to 8gb possible and worthwhile.

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a c 455 V Motherboard
January 8, 2012 12:09:34 AM

It would depend on which motherboard/chipset Dell put in that Inspiron 530. If you can find a name/model no. of the board, we may be able to help. But keep in mind, if you have Vista 32 bit, you won't be able to make use of more than 4GB anyway. It takes a 64 bit O.S. to make use of 8GB.
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January 8, 2012 11:42:01 AM

Thanks for the reply. I have 64 bit Operating system. Below are the details for my computer:

System
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Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model Inspiron 530
Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 4

Storage
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Total size of hard disk(s) 931 GB
Disk partition (C:)  345 GB Free (451 GB Total)
Disk partition (D:)  7 GB Free (15 GB Total)
Media drive (E:)  CD/DVD
Disk partition (J:)  438 GB Free (466 GB Total)

Graphics
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Display adapter type Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Total available graphics memory 286 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 0 MB
Dedicated system memory 128 MB
Shared system memory 158 MB
Display adapter driver version 7.14.10.1437
Primary monitor resolution 1280x1024
DirectX version DirectX 9.0 or better

Network
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Network Adapter Intel(R) 82562V 10/100 Network Connection
Network Adapter Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter

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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 8, 2012 11:59:02 AM

U need this spec ... @ http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/Inspiron+Des...
Memory:
DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400
Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 4GB
Slots: 4
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 PC2-6400 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
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January 8, 2012 1:20:34 PM

Thanks Nikorr, based on your first reply, I am screwed -already have 1GB per slot. I was unable to go to the first site, only limited info came up with link. I think I may have veiwed the site already though, as it looked familar, as does the response regarding what the computer can hold. I also downloaded the free version of speccy. I have clicked on the run icon several times, but nothing has popped up to indicate that it is working. I am starting to think it is time for a new computer after only 3 years :( .
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 8, 2012 1:32:07 PM

Pea brain said:
Thanks Nikorr, based on your first reply, I am screwed -already have 1GB per slot. I was unable to go to the first site, only limited info came up with link. I think I may have veiwed the site already though, as it looked familar, as does the response regarding what the computer can hold. I also downloaded the free version of speccy. I have clicked on the run icon several times, but nothing has popped up to indicate that it is working. I am starting to think it is time for a new computer after only 3 years :( .

I just build mine and it is a rocket, compare to my 3 yo : )

That info is I think correct, builders like Dell, they often don't offer room for upgrades.

But u can build one by yourself for a half price that they are selling them for.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 8, 2012 1:33:03 PM

Can u run Belarc? It is similar to the Specy and maybe as clutchc pointed out, they put in different motherboard/chipset. Who knows. They do that sometimes.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
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January 8, 2012 1:57:52 PM

I got Speccy to run, but it only indicated software update recomendations - which I took.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
January 8, 2012 1:59:36 PM

Let it generate report and the mobo should be listed...
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