Dell Precision Workstation M6500 CPU/Memory configuration restrictions you need to know for RAM memory upgrades
What are the Random Access Memory (RAM) upgrade configurations for the Mobile Precision Workstation M6500? My M6500 does not recognize more than 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM on Windows XP x64, Windows Vista x64, or Windows 7 x64.
NOTE: Dell does not provide support to upgrade the processor on portable systems.
The M6500 Mobile Precision Workstation can support up to 32 GB of RAM installed using 4 x 8GB DDR3-1333MHz modules, but there are restrictions. Installations of more than 4GB RAM require a 64 Bit operating system to be able to address RAM addresses above 4GB.
If the system has a dual core processor, the memory max is 8GB (2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 MHx Modules) in slots 1 and 2 (Slot on the bottom of the chassis). Dual Core Processors shipped on the M6500 are:
SUMMARY: Make sure you understand the physical limitations of the system before attempting any RAM upgrades. Systems with Dual Core processors are limited to 8GB total RAM installed in slots 1 & 2. Quad Core systems also use memory slots 3 and 4 (Located under the keyboard) and have a maximum of 32GB of RAM.