Dell Dimension 3100-DV051 -BIOS A03 - Maximum Memory Issue
I just picked up this computer used and it only had 512MB ram. I got a good deal on 4GB (2-2GB sticks) at MicroCenter, who looked it up and said it was compatible. I installed the memory and BIOS shows me having 4 GB avail, and Windows XP Professional 32 bit shows 3 GB. I have read only that the 3 GB issue results from Limitation of Windows, but my biggestest concern is I looked up the specs for this computer here at dell.com and it says maximum memory is 2 GB.
The computer seems to work fine so far, but here are my concerns:
Could my system really be using on 2GB ram. If I exchange this memory I would save $20.00
Could I find out somewhere down the line that a program or situation that would cause the computer to fail because of having too much memory installed.
Any information or opinions on this situation would be appreciated.