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Re: Need to buy memory
Small Outline-DIMM or SOD only really applies to laptops! your post says you are desktop troubleshooting, is this true? if you post the make, type and model of your machine i will be able to tell you what the system supports
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According to specs, your computer can use up to 4Gb of memory. You will need to open the case and see what is currently installed. You should have 4 memory slots and probably it came configured with 2 512Mb memory sticks. You could add 2 more sticks of 1Gb each bringing your total up to 3Gb, but my suggestion would be to remove the existing memory modules and install 4 matching 1Gb modules. You must use DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC) type memory and the best results will be achieved by using all matching modules.
Hi bigciss22. That means that your computer is turning on but NO booting up. Do you hear any beeps? Because depending on the number of beeps can mean either memory or video card. Open the machine and verify that the memory is tightly inserted. If you use the video card on the motherboard (most likely) I suggest you buy a new video card (you have to make sure the interface is either AGP or PCI (i dont think it's PCIe - PCI express). If you dont want to start swaping components, you will have to take it to a repair shop. I hope this helps and please dont forget to rate my answer. Thank you! :D
You need to open the case and see how many sticks of memory are in the slots. Your machine should come with 2GB. (probably 2 1-GB sticks) If you are running a 32-bit system, it's useless to increase the memory above 3 GB, as the system will not see it. For a 64 bit system, you can add a lot more.
Looks like you have a p4 478 socket with ddr memory bad luck they only make 478 boards with ddr2 memory now. And when ever the power supply is as old as the motherboard it should be replaced to. Here's the specs I found on your computer http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Gateway-830GM. You could always try your luck on ebay good luck.