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I currently have a Compaq Presario 7588 with the original BIOS Compaq 686C3 dated 12/08/1999 and running Windows XP Home SP3. Also the orginal total ram is 512mb (2 sticks 256mb @ PC 100 SDRAM 168 pin). On the Compaq website under software and driver downloads there is a Rompaq (BIOS) update, dated 07/20/2001. Under the section labeled ENHANCEMENTS there is this sentence "Changes memory buffer strength for configurations of two double size memory modules." Would this update allow me to have a total of 1gb of ram (2 stcks 512mb @ PC 100/133 SDRAM 168 pin) instead of the original total of 512mb?

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Although bios update can be "risky" people do it all of the time. As to the ram costing you alot I do not agree. Just saw it on pricewatch for $10

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I don't think that this will work! I think 512 is the maximum for it. May be it'll just improve speed a little but it's always risky to update BIOS on older PCs. And this 512 sticks will cost you a lot. I think you better think to buy a new PC. Good Luck!

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