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Bios 1.0.18 is what Im Using. If you have 4 RAM SLOTS you can do 8 Gigs.

If you have model 530a or 530c (4 Ram Slots) then you can upgrade to 8 GB of memory.  See HERE. <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

If you have model 530b or 530d (2 Ram Slots) then only 4 GB of memory. 

See HERE. <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

The model can be determined by what motherboard you have HERE. <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>

 

If it has a G33M03, Dell part number 0FM586, then yes it will support a quad. 
If it has a G33M02, Dell part number 0RY007, then no it doesn't support quads.

System Board Components

Inspiron 530

 

 

 

1

processor socket (CPU)

2

processor fan connector (CPU_FAN)

3

memory module connectors
(DIMM_1)

4

memory module connectors (DIMM_2)

5

memory module connectors (DIMM_3)

6

memory module connectors (DIMM_4)

7

main power connector (ATX_POWER)

8

Floppy Drive Connector

9

battery socket

10

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA0)

11

CMOS jumper (CLEAR CMOS)

12

password jumper (CLEAR_PW)

13

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1)

14

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA4)

15

front panel connector (F_PANEL)

16

front USB connector (F_USB1)

17

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA5)

18

front USB connector (F_USB2)

19

front FlexBay connector (F_USB3)

20

front audio (F_AUDIO)

21

PCI connector (PCI2)

22

PCI connector (PCI1)

23

PCI Express x1 connector (PCIE_X1)

24

PCI Express x16 connector (PCIE_X16)

25

audio connectors

26

2 USB and 1 LAN connector

27

2 USB connectors

28

chassis fan connector (CHASSIS_FAN)

29

video connector (VGA)

30

power for cpu (ATX_CPU)

 

Inspiron 530a

 

 

1

processor socket (CPU)

2

processor fan connector (CPU_FAN)

3

memory module connectors (DIMM_1)

4

memory module connectors (DIMM_2)

5

memory module connectors (DIMM_3)

6

memory module connectors (DIMM_4)

7

main power connector (ATX_POWER)

8

battery socket

9

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA0)

10

CMOS jumper (CLEAR CMOS)

11

password jumper (CLEAR_PW)

12

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1)

13

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA4)

14

front panel connector (F_PANEL)

15

front USB connector (F_USB1)

16

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA5)

17

front USB connector (F_USB2)

18

front FlexBay connector (F_USB3)

19

front audio (F_AUDIO)

20

PCI connector (PCI2)

21

PCI connector (PCI1)

22

PCI Express x1 connector (PCIE_X1)

23

PCI Express x16 connector (PCIE_X16)

24

audio connectors

25

2 USB and 1 LAN connector

26

2 USB connectors

27

chassis fan connector (CHASSIS_FAN)

28

video connector (VGA)

29

power for cpu (ATX_CPU)

 

 

 

Inspiron 530b

 

1

processor socket (CPU)

2

processor fan connector (CPU_FAN)

3

memory module connectors (DIMM_1)

4

memory module connectors (DIMM_2)

5

password jumper (CLEAR_PW)

6

main power connector (ATX_POWER)

7

SYS_FAN2

8

CLR_CMOS

9

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA2)

10

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1)

11

FP1

12

JSPI 1

13

front USB connector (F_USB1)

14

front USB connector (F_USB2)

15

F_AUDIO

16

CD_IN

17

PCI connector (PCI2)

18

PCI connector (PCI1)

19

PCI Express x1 connector (PCIE_x1)

20

battery socket

21

PCI Express x16 connector (PCIE_x16)

22

audio connectors

23

2 USB and 1 LAN connector

24

2 USB connectors

25

chassis fan connector (CHASSIS_FAN)

26

video connector (VGA)

27

power for cpu (ATX_CPU)

 

Inspiron 530c

 

 

1

processor socket (CPU)

2

processor fan connector (CPU_FAN)

3

memory module connectors
(DIMM_1)

4

memory module connectors (DIMM_2)

5

memory module connectors (DIMM_3)

6

memory module connectors (DIMM_4)

7

password jumper (CLR_PSWD)

8

main power connector (ATX_POWER)

9

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA0)

10

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1)

11

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA2)

12

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA3)

13

front panel connector (F_PANEL)

14

front USB connector (F_USB3)

15

front USB connector (F_USB2)

16

front USB connector (F_USB1)

17

battery socket

18

CMOS jumper (CLEAR CMOS)

19

SPDIF

20

CD_IN

21

front audio (F_AUDIO)

22

PCI connector (PCI2)

23

PCI connector (PCI1)

24

PCI Express x1 connector (PCIE_X1)

25

PCI Express x16 connector (PCIE_X16)

26

audio connectors

27

2 USB and 1 LAN connector

28

2 USB connectors

29

chassis fan connector (CHASSIS_FAN)

30

video connector (VGA)

31

power for cpu (ATX_CPU)

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiron 530d

 

 

1

processor socket (CPU)

2

processor fan connector (CPU_FAN)

3

memory module connectors
(DIMM_1)

4

memory module connectors (DIMM_2)

5

password jumper (CLEAR_PSWD)

6

main power connector (ATX_POWER)

7

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA1)

8

serial ATA drive connectors (SATA0)

9

Front Panel

10

CMOS jumper CLR_CMOS

11

USB2

12

USB1

13

SPDIF

14

front audio (F_AUDIO)

15

CD_IN

16

PCI connector (PCI2)

17

PCI connector (PCI1)

18

battery socket

19

PCI Express x1 connector (PCIE_X1)

20

PCI Express x16 connector (PCIE_X16)

21

audio connectors

22

2 USB and 1 LAN connector

23

2 USB connectors

24

fan connector (SYS_FAN)

25

video connector (VGA)

26

power for cpu (ATX_CPU)

 

 


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@ Speedstep

Thanks for the quick answer.

If I understand correctly for a Dell Inspiron 530 with the G33M02 motherboard, then the limit of the RAM will depend on the BIOS version.  Using the latest BIOS should allow to upgrade and use (given a proper OS) the 8 GB RAM instead of the 4 that originally Dell indicated in their documentation.  Did I understood right?

And Yes,  I already had checked my system and motherboard.  My Inspiron is a 530 plain (No a/b/c/d) with the G33M02 motherboard.  It has an E2160 CPU and 2 GB RAM (DDR2 667, in 2 sticks of 1 GB each) from factory.

Thanks again for your help and sorry to be taking of your time.

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speedstep
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8 Gigs Ram

REQUIRES

1. Proper Bios.

2. Motherboard with 4 sockets for ram.

3. EMT64 aka 64 bit capable cpu.

4. 64 bit version of windows XP/VISTA/7.

You are skimming and not reading and not looking at the pictures.


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Hi SpeedStep,

I am very grateful for your help and answers.  Yet you do not need to start implying an "insult' to me.

I have read over scores of posts related to the Dell Inspiron 530 and the Official Documentation of Dell, including the whole User Manual in PDF.  I have seen the pictures very clear and that is why I could tell that my System is a Dell Inspiron 530 not a 530a not 530b not 530c nor 530d.  Dell documentation says very clear (and verified by crusial website) that a Inspiron 530 is only 4 GB RAM even if it has 4 memory slots.  Yet the 530a/c can be 8 GB RAM (with 4 memory slots).  And yes the 530b/d are also only 4 GB RAM because they have only 2 memory slots.

Reading in the forums I have seen that there are 2 motherboards used by Dell in the 530 (plain, not the a/b/c/d models) and they are the G33M02 and G33M03.  After inspecting my mobo I could clearly see it is a G33M02 Rev. 01A.  And I could read that the G33M02 was a cheaper version of the G33M03.  The G33M03 could accept 8 GB RAM and Duarl core or Core 2 Duo processors.  The G33M02 could only accept 4 GB RAM and only Dual Core processors.

Yet reading on some posts, including this post, I have read that some people say that the motherboard G33M02 with the BIOS after version .12 have a fix that allows the G33M02 to make available to the OS (presuming you are using a 64 bit OS) up to 8 GB RAM.  Yet NO one says "Yes, I have the plain 530 model with a cheap G33M02 Board and I have it with 8 GB RAM running with latest BIOS".  I see that you are one of the people that indicate that you have an Inspiron 530 with 8 GB RAM, yet you do not indicate if it is the cheap G33M02 board.

What I am asking is a simple confirmation that you; or anyone else; have a plain 530 (that means no 530a/c models) Inspiron, using the cheap G33M02 motherboard, with the BIOS version to anything about the mentioned .12 version, and that is running 8 GB RAM and the 64 bit OS seeing and using all the 8 GB of RAM.

About the OS do not worry I have Legal copies of various windows version 32 and 64 bits and other Open Source OS like LInux available for use.

Thanks very much, and hope you can answer my question.

PS.  Yes my CPU is also a 64 bit since as I mentioned before an Intel E2160 is a 64 bit processor.

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Update:

Well after reading all the information I could find (in this forum and in other forums) i decided to try the memory upgrade to 8 GB.  I bought 4 RAM sticks of 2 GB and changed the RAM.  Turned the computer on and started beeping.  Turned off and checked all RAM sticks.  They all seemed properly connected, but decided to reconnect again.  Turned on and still beeping.  Took 2 sticks off (leaving only 4 GB) making sure the remaining 2 sticks were connected, turned on and still beeping.  Changed the 8 GB RAM back to original 2 GB RAM, turned on and machine worked fine.

Here decided to test the sticks individually.  Took out again the original 2 GB RAM sticks and put only one 2 GB RAM stick.  Turned on and machine worked and I could get into BIOS (and see there the 2 GB RAM).  Took that stick and put another 2 GB RAM stick and again successful.  Continued that process with all the 2 GB RAM sticks and all worked fine.

Decided then to try this.  Put one 2 GB RAM and turned on PC.  Turned it on and it worked (as expected from previous test).  Then added a second 2 GB RAM stick and turned on.  All worked well, machine turned on, and I could see in the BIOS the full 4 GB RAM installed.  Turned off again, added a third 2 GB RAM stick and turned on again.  Again successful, I could again see all installed ram (6 GB) in the BIOS.  Turned off and added the last 2 GB RAM stick and turned on again.  Again, I could see successfully all installed RAM (8 GB RAM) in the machine.

Have tested turning on and off in several occasions, and so far all test the machine keep turning on fine and showing the 8 GB RAM installed on the machine.

So far I can say from my tests that a Dell Inspiron 530 (the plain model, not a 530a/b/c/d model), with a G33M02 motherboard, and the latest BIOS installed (1.0.18) can be upgraded to 8 GB RAM with 4 sticks of 2 GB RAM.  Memory I used was Corsair DDR2-667 (VS2GB667D2 G).

Now I will test the installation and running of the 64 bit OS.  I will post results after that test, but I do expect that I will run fine if the BIOS is reading correctly the 8 GB RAM installed.

Thanks to all that have helped either directly or indirectly.

fadiaz-pr
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Update:

As expected, installing and running the 64 bit OS worked perfectly on the machine.  The OS could see and use all 8 GB RAM without any problems.

We can safely say that a Dell Inspiron 530 (Plain Model), with the G33M02 motherboard and using the latest BIOS can be upgraded to 8 GB RAM and that Dell official documentation for that machine is outdated.

If someone do have some doubt of how to know if one has the 530 plain (not a 530a/b/c/d), the images given before by SpeedStep in this post (images also available in the 530 user manual) help.  The 530 plain is the only motherboard with the floppy connector (located near the 4 ram slots to the right side of the motherboard).  As as an additional note the models 530b/d are the ones that only 2 memory slots.  And the 530a/c are the ones that have 4 memory slots, but no floppy connector.

The latest BIOS is the version 1.0.18.  That BIOS is dated 3/11/2009.

The motherboard G33M02 is the cheaper motherboard that do not accept quad cores.  It is marked in the motherboard in white letters.  You could also use some tool like Everest, PC Wizard or CPU-ID to find the motherboard model, but a visual inspection of the motherboard will tell you.

Again thanks to all that helped either directly or indirectly.

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akin67
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I also have an Inspiron 530 with the Q6600 Quad Core processor running 32 bit version of Vista.  Currently I have 3GB of RAM.  I just upgraded the bios to the most current version and I am about to order a 64bit version of Windows 7 Professional.  I have 4 DIMMs for memory on this unit.  I just checked my system is capable of running a 64 bit operating system.  Has anyone successfully migrated this system to be able to use 8GB of RAM?

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akin67

The discussion HERE may help.

Bev.

 


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I can also confirm that the Inspiron 530 with the Quad processor can accomodate more than the 4GB limit Dell states for this PC.  To start with I had 3 GB of RAM (2X512MB and 2X1GB) and Visto Home Premium Edition.  I installed the 64bit version of Windows 7.  I removed the two 512MB chips and replaced them with two 2GB chips from Crucial (Model #: CT2KIT25664AA800).  For those who need this info the chip specs are:

Module Size: 4GB kit (2GBx2)
Package: 240-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR2 PC2-6400
Specs: DDR2 PC2-6400
CL=6
Unbuffered
NON-ECC
DDR2-800
1.8V
256Meg x 64

I opened up the machine, removed the power plug, touched a piece of metal to get rid of any static and installed both 2GB chips at the same time .  While the PC was still open, I plugged it back in and powered up.  It recognized all 6GB the first try.

Prior to ordering the chips entered the model number of my PC on the Crucial site.  It indicated that my PC's RAM limit was 4GB.  I downloaded and ran the Crucial software to if it would indicate anything different.  That too indicate dthat I had a 4GB RAM limit.  Crucial has a generous return policy.  If for whatever reason the chips did not work, I could return them for a refund.  However, as I indicated above this model can handle more than 4GB of RAM and both the DELL specs and the Memory manufacturers have are outdated.  I believe everyone is going off the Model number and DELLs initial (and erroneous) RAM limitations. 

Thanks to everyone on this board I took a chance and was able to add the additional RAM and extend the  useful life of this PC.

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akin67

Please to hear the RAM upgrade was sucessful.

Bev.

 


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