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SPYDERx13
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Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

How do I figure out how much memory I am using, so I know if I need to upgrade?  I know, a dumb question from someone who doesn't know anything about computers.  Any help appreciated.  Thanks.

2002 Dell Dimemsion 4550

OS:  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Main Memory:  256 MB RAM

CPU:  Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz

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europa303
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

I can tell you right now that with only 256 MB of memory, you do not have enough to operate efficiently.  Go to www.crucial.com and run the Scan My System tab to get memory recommendations for your system.  I would recommend not less than 1 GB for an XP system. You don't necessarily need more than that unless you have many windows open at once or run intense video applications.

Thereal-dbk4297
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Hello,

I agree 100% with the first response.

To find information including how much memory is installed, you can right click on "My Computer" and then on "Properties" in the pop up that appears. You can also find a wealth of information by using the free program Belarc Advisor. You may want to read the memory pages at my web site listed below to find out the importance of only buying model specific memory for any Dell computer.

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Techgee
2 Iron

Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Note the maximum memory for your Dimension 4550 is 2GB, not 1GB as Dell's documentation states or what is listed on most memory company's websites.  See http://en.community.dell.com/wikis/desktop/dimension-4550-maximum-memory-2gb-not-1gb.aspx, which lists compatible memory part numbers for the major memory companies for the Dimension 4550.  Since your system has a 533MHz Front Side Bus (FSB), you need PC2700 memory. 

 

I would buy a 1GB memory stick so you can add it to the 256MB you already have.  (If you buy one 512MB stick you'll only have 768MB, if you buy two 512MB sticks you can't use the 256MB stick you have, since your system has 2 memory slots.) 

 

I have the same system as yours, but a 3.06GHz CPU.  I'm running with 2GB of RAM (Kingston brand).  Crucial is also good memory.

SPYDERx13
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Thanks for replies.  I did check the Crucial site and got good info there.  I do not need to up-grade right now.  I cannot remember where I looked on computer to see how much memory I was currently using and how much free memory I still have left.  That is what I would like to know.

2002 Dell Dimemsion 4550

OS:  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Main Memory:  256 MB RAM

CPU:  Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz

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Techgee
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

As europa303 has already alluded to, you're using ALL your 256MB of memory.  It's not enough for Windows XP.  Increasing your memory will make a big difference in performance.  Control-Alt-Delete (press all three buttons at the same time), Performance tab, Physical Memory is one place to see your memory usage.  Your actual usage is approxiamately "PF Usage" (also in the Performance tab) plus your physical memory (256MB in your case).

Also, Crucial's website (and most others) is wrong about the maximum memory for the Dimension 4550.   You can put two 1GB memory sticks in your machine.  I wouldn't waste money on 512MB or less memory sticks.  If you're on the cheap, I'd just get one 1GB stick for now.

Crucial 1GB memory for the Dimension 4550 is part# CT12864Z335, details at http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=6F36EBD8A5CA7304

Newegg.com has a better price - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145086&Tpk=CT12864Z335

SPYDERx13
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Thanks for the tip.  Control-Alt-Delete didn't do anything for me.  Will consider upgrading memory.  Thanks again.

I did find out how to get to the performance screen.

2002 Dell Dimemsion 4550

OS:  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Main Memory:  256 MB RAM

CPU:  Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz

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SPYDERx13
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Hello,

I agree 100% with the first response.

To find information including how much memory is installed, you can right click on "My Computer" and then on "Properties" in the pop up that appears. You can also find a wealth of information by using the free program Belarc Advisor. You may want to read the memory pages at my web site listed below to find out the importance of only buying model specific memory for any Dell computer.

 

That is  exactly the screen I was looking for.  Thank you to all for wonderful advise and info.  Problem solved!!!!!

2002 Dell Dimemsion 4550

OS:  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Main Memory:  256 MB RAM

CPU:  Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz

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Techgee
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Sorry, I forgot that Control-Alt-Delete doesn't work on all machines.  Try right-clicking on an empty area of the taskbar, and then click Task Manager.  (The taskbar is the bar on the bottom of the screen with Start at one end and usually the current time at the other.)  Then go to the Performance tab.

SPYDERx13
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Re: Dimension 4550--Memory Usage

Sorry, I forgot that Control-Alt-Delete doesn't work on all machines.  Try right-clicking on an empty area of the taskbar, and then click Task Manager.  (The taskbar is the bar on the bottom of the screen with Start at one end and usually the current time at the other.)  Then go to the Performance tab.

That is so KEWL !!!!!  Thanks !!!!!

2002 Dell Dimemsion 4550

OS:  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Main Memory:  256 MB RAM

CPU:  Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz

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