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How to identify ddr2 or ddr3 ram on pc

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April 13, 2012 9:55:43 PM

I have AMD Sempron with 3ghz processor, 2 gb ram with windows xp os, want to increase my RAM but not able to identify if RAM is ddr2 or ddr3.
please suggest if there is any way to identify the same so that i can upgade it to 4gb or 6gb..

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April 13, 2012 10:01:54 PM

If there are no stickers or other identifying marks on the RAM sticks, then download and install CPU-Z. Then run it and go to the tab: Memory. That will display the types of RAM and its speed (multiply the number displayed x 2).
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April 13, 2012 10:58:51 PM

BTW: I don't think Windows XP can handle over 3GB of RAM anyway. You should check that first!

I just did, nor more than 3GB in Windows XP SP2, regardless of version.
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April 13, 2012 11:02:51 PM

CPU-Z should identify your ram and the motherboard.

Go to a ram web site, and access their upgrade configurator. Most vendors have them.

Enter your pc model #, or motherboard, and you should get a list of compatible upgrades.

XP 32 bit can only use about 3.4gb, regardless of how much ram is installed.

It takes a 64 bit os to access over 4gb.
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April 13, 2012 11:28:12 PM

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition can handle more than 4GB of RAM... but I doubt you have that.
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April 13, 2012 11:55:38 PM

Knowing the make/model of your motherboard will also answer the question, all you do is google the specs for your motherboard model. Takes moments.
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April 13, 2012 11:56:31 PM

BTW, as this looks like an older system, it is likely DDR2 (or even DDR).
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