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My Dell PC is running slow and I have been told I should increase my Dell PC's Memory RAM.
I need help on how much it should be increased and how to do it.
-Rating: 3.4 Windows Experience Index
-Processor: Intel (R) Pentium (R) D CPU 3.20GHz - 3.19GHz
-Installed memory (RAM): 1.00 GB
-System type: 32-bit Operating System
-Pen and Touch: No Pen or Touch Input is available for this Display
-Processor - Calculations per second - 4.9
-Memory (RAM) - Memory operations per second - 4.5
-Graphics - Desktop performance for Windows Aero - 3.6
-Gaming graphics - 3D business and gaming graphics performance - 3.4
-Primary hard disk - Disk data transfer rate - 5.2
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For your Dim 9150 the specs are the following
Maximum memory 4 GB
Memory capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB
Memory connectors Four
As per the Service Tag it shows that it's for UK.Kindly contact the tech support or sales department for UK & they will help you to upgrade the memory.
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While the Dimension 9150 can support 4gb of RAM, as you have a 32-bit operating system, you would better advised to install either 3.5gb, or 3gb of memory.
When you have a 32-bit system, this does not recognize 4gb of memory, 3±gb is all a 32-bit system can address.
Basically what it means is, while you can install 4gb of memory in the system, the reason it’s not recognized is mainly due to 32-bit processors and/or 32-bit applications on memory address limitations.
64-bit processors & operating systems will recognize beyond the 32-bit limitation.
A good vendor for memory, that's certified to be compatible with your 9150, providing you use their memory adviser tool, is www.crucial.com
Crucial also, sell their memory in the UK, to find the UK site, place the cursor on the US flag at the top of the page.
Thanks; for your answer..it is very helpful.
I have used Crucial memory adviser tool and scanned my PC. It does confirm what you are saying regarding the 3.5 GB memory maximum for 32 Bit.
On You Tube, I found a very good video, also promoting Crucial to scan one's PC to find out how much memory it has, how many slots and maximum memory capacity.
It also says that the speed of the added memory must much the speed of the memory already in place.
What confuses me is the memory for Dimension 9150 on Dell has a different memory speed (800) than the one suggested by Crucial (5300).
Crucial in its scan says that the speed on the memory in place is (5200); is it safe for me to open my PC, take out the memory card and check what the memory speed is? without causing any problem to my PC?
You will be fine, DDR2 memory is backwards compatible.
Yes, it's safe to open the case, to check the exsisting memory speed, but why, I never do it, as Crucial's scanners are accurate and Crucial guarantees their RAM to be compatible.
I have installed 4 x 1 GB from Crucial, as you suggested and removed the old memory, as suggested by Crucial for better performance.
Although the newly installed memory appears in my PC Properties, which shows that I have installed it properly, the computer speed has improved but not as much I expected.
Through Dell website I did a System Mechanic scan. 9 problem types were found.
One of them says:
Your memory level appears low (1.40 GB physical RAM available)
My PC Properties says Installed Memory (RAM): 4 GB (3.50 GB usable)??
Should I get System Mechanic, recommended by Dell, to fix all 9 problem types?
I have been using this PC for 6 years and it is definitely not running properly.
If you wish to run System Mechanic, do it, but back up all your files and folders, you deem important prior to using it, personally I don't trust these 'fix-all' utilities.
First try downloading and using the free versions of CCleaner and Defraggler, to defarg the hardrive and clean out any old/useless files, I've been using both of these utilities for several years and found them to be excellent.
The following will be worth a read about speeding up a system, as always remember to backup the files and folders.
First, I want to thank you for continuing to help me with my PC issues.
With your help, I am making huge progress..
I had already saved all the important Data before installing the new Crucial Memory (RAM).
So I was able to download http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER, did a scan and fix it. It made a huge difference in my PC. It released 20 GB of storage space, and the speed of my PC is greatly enhanced.
I am not able to download http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/99-ways-to-make-your-computer-blazingly-fast/; it keeps asking me "Choose the program you want to use to open this file"; which ever one I choose, Adobe Reader/ Internet Explorer .. it is not opening.
Another thing I have noticed, is that my Windows7 Disk Defragmenter is not functionning (not starting).
Thanks again for your valuable help,
Wow, 20gb, you must be really loaded with unwanted trash.
Did you run Ccleaner's registry option?
Remember to create a backup when requested, just in case.
Never use the default Win 7 Disk defrag, I've always used Piriform's Defraggler, download the free version from Piriform's site and try using it.
Click 'defrag' and use the 'Quick Defrag' option.
Also, download Malwarebytes free version and try using, it's an excellent utility.
What Anti virus program are you running, I've been using Microsoft free Sercurity Essentials?