Originally Posted by chrisfish
Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 512MB per slot.*
If I'm reading that right you can use either DDR PC2700 OR
Assuming that it is 240 Pin
DDR RAM. Since you have only 256MB of RAM total again I say remove that RAM (it may be the slower PC 2700) and replace it with 512MB PC 3200 sticks.
Your PC should have four (4) memory slots, verify that by opening your PC. If that's correct I would buy four (4) 512 MB RAM PC 3200 sticks for a total of 2 Gigabyte, that's 700% more RAM. You should definitely see a speed improvement!
You can use whatever Crucial recommends, it should be inexpensive
Newegg.com offers as follows:
Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 400 (PC2 3200) System Memory Model KVR400D2N3/512 @ $11.99 each - Buy 4
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB
) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 400 (PC2 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model KVR400D2N3K2/1G @ $22.29 ea Kit - Buy 2
BTW: Do you know how to access your BIOS before Windows starts? At boot up your screen should flash some loading information including "Press DEL" or "Press F2" or some other key to enter BIOS.
What brand PC and Model number is this anyway?
PS: Even though you might boost your RAM to 2 GB do not even think about upgrading to Vista. I'm guessing your PC is several years old and your CPU may not be fast enough to run "Pista." Besides, you don't need any more headaches.