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Memory upgrade on old dell laptop

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April 22, 2012 5:18:17 AM

I have an old Dell Inspiron 6000, which I have found has 2 memory slots, a capacity of 2gb of memory, and uses 200 pin DDR2 RAM, 533 MHz. If I were to use memory that is a HIGHER MHz rating, such as 667 MHz or 800 MHz? There is almost no inventory of 533 MHz but lots of 667 and 800. Also, is there any benefit to using one 2gb stick vs two 1gb sticks?
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April 22, 2012 10:09:42 AM

Here's what the Dell Inspiron 6000 manual says about ram:
Memory module connector two user-accessible SODIMM connectors
Memory module capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB
Memory type 1.8-V SODIMM DDR-2
Minimum memory 256 MB
Maximum memory 2 GB

The advantage of using 2x1GB is that your motherboard will support it
The disadvantage of using a single 2GB stick is your motherboard will not support it
No specifications on ram speed so you should be okay with the 667 or 800 I would think
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April 24, 2012 3:48:26 PM

when you say "the motherboard will not support it" what does this mean? will it not work? work, but not work properly?
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April 24, 2012 3:58:51 PM

That's always unclear... likely it will not work at all. At best I would expect very strange things to happen, most ideally it would work just fine.
I wouldn't try it personally, after all what would you do with those ram modules if it doesn't work...
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