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mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 05:40 PM
You know, in life, when you have a sort of awakening? I mean, it's a good thing-- which is precisely why I hate it too-- meaning, I have an epiphany and think "yay!" but also think "the wasted years!" In this context, I am waking up to some exciting computing. I have been one of those slobbering-along stuck in a rut computer jockeys. I have always been interested in computer tech but my life, for crazy reasons too intricate to get into here, has always taken me away. Most recently, I kind of resigned myself to simply being a computer jockey-- a dude who just rides the computer and doesn't do any tinkering, any improving of the experience. Thus, we've been suffering along with a slow computer with me assuming that it would be too complicated and too expensive to do anything to improve my lot.

But man, as I type, a scanner from crucial.com is running and is apparently going to advise me on cheap memory. I had always assumed it would be very expensive to buy more memory, until you dudes here enlightened me.

...Hey. Where'd the scanner go?...Oh. There it is.

So thanks for the info! It's a whole new world!

DrMelon
June 5th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Glad you're enjoying your stay here! :KS

mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Scanner reports (for my Dell 2400, 2.66ghz, 256RAM, 40G HD):

$15 -- adding another 256 RAM would give me a bit of improvement.
$43 -- 1GB, significant improvement
$80-something...not an option!

Thoughts? I hear I can get used cheap, though I would kind of like to support crucial.com at least this once, since their free scan is clearly helping me. But then I'm currently unemployed. I can do 15.... 43, yeah, but probably shouldn't (unless I can REALLY justify it).

What does the Peanut Gallery have to say? :p

LewRockwell
June 5th, 2009, 05:47 PM
you don't need no stinkin' scanner, just pop the cover and check out what you currently have installed.

then take that information and confirm the max ram your unit will allow and go from there on scrounging up some local ram on the free or cheap.

and if you really want to see what *nix can do, try out Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux on your machine.

you may be surprised at what those little live-runners will do straight-up off the boot.

hey, never give up and never surrender(shameless plagiarism from GalaxyQuest)

mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Galaxy Quest: One of my top three favorite comedies ever.

LewRockwell
June 5th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Scanner reports (for my Dell 2400, 2.66ghz, 256RAM, 40G HD):

$15 -- adding another 256 RAM would give me a bit of improvement.
$43 -- 1GB, significant improvement
$80-something...not an option!

Thoughts? I hear I can get used cheap, though I would kind of like to support crucial.com at least this once, since their free scan is clearly helping me. But then I'm currently unemployed. I can do 15.... 43, yeah, but probably shouldn't (unless I can REALLY justify it).

What does the Peanut Gallery have to say? :p

hold on...{{opens new browser window, enters "Dell 2400 ram" in mysterious white space with blinking line, depresses enter button and magically the frankenbox scans the interwebs at the speed of light}}

and once again Dr. Who steps out of the TARDIS with that smirky time-lord grin...

Dell 2400 has two memory slots and will accept a maximum of 2GB(1GB per slot)
Proper ram looks to be 184-pin DDR333(PC2700) SDRAM DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC
Looks like one such part number might be "KTD4550/1G"

also, PC3200 ram (400mhz) will work but mainboard might not run them at their full speed(400mhz)

http://burlington.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=ddr%20ram

http://nh.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=ddr%20ram

as always, your mileage may vary

Therion
June 5th, 2009, 05:53 PM
What does the Peanut Gallery have to say? :p
This peanut sez $43 for 1GB of RAM seems a little steep. And don't get me wrong, I've used a LOT of Crucial dot com memory. Lets see if we can't do better though...

To said effect, this peanut sez, check this link for the NewEgg memory configurator and see if you can't get the price down a bit. IMO, a total of 2GB of system memory is about the sweet-spot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductConfigurator.aspx?category=17&name=Memory-Configurator

Voila! 2GB of compatible RAM, $65 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609058

Or 1GB of the same for $34 with free shipping : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609049

mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 05:53 PM
Well, yeah, Lew...but remember, I'm really writing in the Completely !@#$% Clueless forum. And the cover has been open for days now, actually. It just looks so ... interesting.. this way. Added bonus: The Girl-- teenage puter hog-- said to me: "So can I use the computer yet?" So she was staying off it thinking it was not ready yet. Hmm... But I opened my fat mouth and said "sure."

But OK, I'll take a look at cheap stuff.

(No, Mr Google, I do not want to buy a new Dodge Ram pickup truck... Sheesh.)

oldsoundguy
June 5th, 2009, 05:59 PM
IF I have time, the way I buy memory is buy Kingston from eBay .. an "as is" auction (not tested) .. you pay about 25 cents on the dollar that way.
When I get it, toss it in and run a memory test. If it passes, I am ahead .. if not, call Kingston's 800 number and get an RMA.
Send it in and get a NEW STICK sent back at only the cost of my outgoing postage.

mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Lew (and the rest of ya), what do you think of this (I just did a quick amazon search - note free shipping too):
Crucial 2GB Set(2x1GB) 200-Pin PC2 5300 667Mhz SODIMM DDR2 RAM (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/dp/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1) by Crucial
Buy new (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/dp/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1): --$44.99-- $27.85 [This is the price]
24 Used & new (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1) from $27.85
Get it by Monday, Jun 8 if you order in the next 5 hours and choose one-day shipping.
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/ratings/stars-4-5._V25749327_.gif (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/product-reviews/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_img?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1) (127 (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/product-reviews/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1))



BUT what I need help with is knowing all the techie stuff: How do I know what will be compatible in my machine?

Therion
June 5th, 2009, 06:04 PM
How do I know what will be compatible in my machine?
Those are SODIMMS. That memory is for notebook computers and is not compatible with your Dell 2400.

LewRockwell
June 5th, 2009, 06:08 PM
Lew (and the rest of ya), what do you think of this (I just did a quick amazon search - note free shipping too):
Crucial 2GB Set(2x1GB) 200-Pin PC2 5300 667Mhz SODIMM DDR2 RAM (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/dp/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1) by Crucial
Buy new (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/dp/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1): --$44.99-- $27.85 [This is the price]
24 Used & new (http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_olp_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244220979&sr=8-1) from $27.85
Get it by Monday, Jun 8 if you order in the next 5 hours and choose one-day shipping.
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/x-locale/common/customer-reviews/ratings/stars-4-5._V25749327_.gif (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/product-reviews/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_img?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1) (127 (http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2x1GB-200-Pin-667Mhz-SODIMM/product-reviews/B000FQ2JLW/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1))



BUT what I need help with is knowing all the techie stuff: How do I know what will be compatible in my machine?

no dice, that's DDR2...(200-pin) NOT DDR 184-pin like you need

edit: AND they are SODIMMs...definitely not for your box

Therion
June 5th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Still your best deal at $32 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609049

mpennell
June 5th, 2009, 06:18 PM
Yea-- the newegg one. THink I'll do that except I'm gonna check w/ a new friend who's in IT. His wife was over t'other day and she was joking about computer parts lying all around the house. Brain flash: maybe there's RAM lying around the house?

Thanks for the input! Very much appreciate it. Sure, I could look it all up the hard way, learning slowly, but I have jobs to apply for to...Gotta get busy!

Therion
June 5th, 2009, 06:19 PM
... maybe there's RAM lying around the house?
Very possible. And there's no RAM like free RAM!