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You need to find out the EXACT type of ram (memory) that your PC requires. Memory is cheaper than a processor so you really don't want to burn up that processor. What kind of PC do you have?

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Hi You may need a new processor fan this may also reduce your memory out put hope this helps Paddy

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My pc wont boot up how can i tell what core it is? its a Dell with 2.8 ghz intel

If this holds true,

,the Dell computer is a Dimension 8250.

If that holds true, then NO. The motherboard chipset does NOT support using a dual core processor, much less a quad-core.

The motherboard chipset used for the technology of your Dell motherboard, utilizes a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

Let's regress for a moment;

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

If you would take the motherboard out of the computer case, and stand it up in the same direction/position it was in the case, on a table; the motherboard can be viewed as a Map.

The Processor is due North, the Ram Memory slots are due East, the white long PCI slots are due South; and the I/O ports are due West.

The Northbridge chip is always close to the CPU. (Processor)
This is one reason it is named the Northbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip lays down near the white long PCI slots.
Yes. Due South.

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

Therefore when you want to upgrade the Processor, not only take a look at what processor socket is used on the motherboard; but also see what the Northbridge chip is.

[There is more ]

HIGH-speed graphics being AGP, and PCI Express,

a) Using a graphics card inserted into a white long PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
b) Using Integrated Graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

1) Anything connected to the IDE bus. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
2) Anything connected to the SATA bus.
3) Anything connected to the USB bus.
4) Anything connected to the Ethernet bus.
5) Audio (Sound)

An example of general location using this example,

The motherboard example is clocked 90 degrees to the Left, plus a few more degrees (22?); than how it actually is positioned in a computer case.

As you can see with this example, the Northbridge chip has an aluminum finned Heatsink on it. They run hot, and need to be cooled.
The Southbridge chip in this example does not use a Heatsink.
Most newer motherboards do.

The motherboard chipset used on the Dimension 8250 motherboard, is an Intel 850E.

One of the first Intel chipsets to start supporting Intel Pentium 4 processors.
Age, my man. This baby is O-L-D.

Dual core processors weren't even heard of then. They hadn't come out.
Much less quad-core processors.

Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E

Northbridge is Intel 82850E
Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA

Just spotted this.

Should mean you are running an Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4, that use a Socket 423.

Seriously? RDRAM?
That ram memory technology has been left way behind.
Rambus DRAM. (Dynamic Random Access Memory)

Plus the price of Ram Memory is out-freaking-rageous!
For the price of 1GB of RDRAM, you could buy 4GB of Sdram
DDR, DDR2, or DDR3.

Advise get rid of that motherboard.

Processor? Nope. Can't reuse. Why? It's a Socket 423 Intel processor. They use RDRAM ram memory.
Intel made a deal back in the day, that they would manufacturer Intel processors utilizing a Socket 423, and RAMBUS ram memory,


Feb 04, 2013 | Dell PC Desktops

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Picture about flowchart of computer

Power Supply - Small Form Factor design,

Motherboard Diagram,

CPU = Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

1) Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
(Max frequency rate = 2.5GigaHertz )

800 MegaHertz Front Side Bus
Voltage range .085 to 1.3625 Volts (DC)
Uses Up To 65 Watts of power
Again, 2.5GHz for the maximum frequency rate. ('Speed')

2) Processor socket: LGA 775

3) Motherboard Chipset:

Intel G33 Express

Scroll down to G33;
Northbridge chip: Intel 82G33
Southbridge chip: Intel 82801IB, or 82801IR, or 82801IH,

(ICH9, or ICH9R, or ICH9DH. Scroll down to the subheading -
Southbridge 9xx and 3/4 Series chipsets)

4) Ram Memory:

2 ram memory slots
Maximum for EACH ram memory slot is 1GigaByte
Maximum TOTAL is 2GB.
DDR2 Sdram at 667MegaHertz. (PC2-5300)

5) Harddrive: SATA - 500GigaByte
6) Optical Drive - SATA

7) Graphics: Integrated on the motherboard.
Intel GMA 3100,

PCI-Express x16 slot, and uses the PCI-Express 2.0 technology.

The CPU (Processor) communicates back, and forth to the Northbridge chip, (Of the motherboard chipset), through the Front Side Bus. (FSB)

The Northbridge chip communicates with the Southbridge chip, through the Internal Bus.

The Southbridge communicates with the Super I/O chipset, and the BIOS chipset, through the LPC Bus. (Low Pin Count )

One at a time in the Wikipedia search box look up,
1) Bus (computing)
2) Front Side Bus
3) Northbridge (computing)
4) Southbridge (computing)
5) Internal bus
6) LPC bus
7) Super I/O
8) PCI (Local bus) [Conventional PCI ]
9) PCI Express

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

The GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, or graphics chipset; can be Integrated on the motherboard, or on a separate graphics adapter card,

The motherboard chipset for the Dell Inspiron 530s desktop computer, consists of a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

[So aptly named because if you look at a motherboard as a map, the Processor, and Northbridge chip sits due North; Ram Memory slots due East; PCI slots, and Southbridge chip due South ]

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

AGP and PCI Express is HIGH-speed graphics.
A graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, or using Integrated Graphics, is NOT high-speed graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

PCI bus. (PCI expansion slots, and Integrated Graphics)
IDE bus
SATA bus
USB bus
Ethernet bus
Audio (Sound)

The Super I/O chipset handles the I/O devices (Input/Output), such as the Keyboard, Mouse, Floppy Drive, and anything connected to a Serial port, or Parallel port.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Sep 06, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 530s Desktop Computer

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Will not boot just colured screen jumping

these might be possible cause:
1. the memory stick is loose in its slot or dirty contacts
solution- remove memory stick, clean the contacts(those shiny copper traces near the edge) with pencil eraser by gently rubbing until it is shiny again, blow/remove the eraser residue.
2. memory stick defective.
Solution: have the memory stick tested on other pc, if confirmed defective, replace
3. video card defective-
Solution: to confirm if the video card is the culprit, remove video card, use on-board VGA slot to your monitor, it should boot by now, otherwise the motherboard and the processor is the last suspect.

Feb 03, 2011 | PC Desktops

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So I have a HP Compaq d530 SFF PC Desktop problem. I checked out the HP tech specifications: Specifications - Graphics Is...

"Graphics, is there an upper limit on how much you can upgrade a video card?"

Yes, and no gammon_ben.

Your computer uses an AGP graphics card.
Uses AGP 8X graphics cards. (1.5 volt)

Goes in the brown AGP slot on the motherboard above the three white PCI slots.

The best AGP graphics cards are the AGP 8X ones.

Sky's the limit, just depends on your pocketbook.

Yes, so far.

When using Integrated Graphics, the graphics chipset on the motherboard borrows some of the System Resources.
The Processor and Ram Memory.

The Processor and Ram Memory are trying to take care of the Operating System, and the program being ran.
(Windows XP is one example of an O/S. Operating System)

Let's use an intensive graphics program for an example, a Game, and Windows XP.

The Processor and Ram Memory is supporting Windows.

They're also supporting the characters of the game, the shading of the game, and the background of the game, just to name a few characteristics.

Due to the resources needed from the system resources, (Processor and Ram Memory), from the game, the game will lag, or freeze up.

Using a graphics card frees up the system resources.
A graphics card has it's own Processor (GPU), and Ram Memory. (Graphics memory)
(GPU = Graphics Processing Unit)

However, the Processor still has to utilize the information from the graphics card. Even though it, and the Ram Memory have been freed up, there is a limit on how much information a Processor can handle at one time.

Your Processor may be an Intel Celeron, or Pentium 4.
These are single core processors, and have their limitations.

HOWEVER one more time, you are just speaking of operating a 40 inch widescreen (?) monitor with 1080p.
A really decent AGP graphics card can handle that with no sweat, and watching videos.
Some of the newer intensive games may be a problem.

Here is an example of a decent AGP 8X graphics card, that is Low Profile. (Low in height)

Nov 29, 2010 | HP Compaq d530 SFF PC Desktop

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My PC won't boot up. I turn it on, I hear the fans and hard drive going but my monitor stays entirely black. I don't even see BIOS. I confirmed the monitor works on my laptop.

Make sure motherboard is not ground with cabinet cover.
Pull cmos cell from motherboard for 10 minutes then put it into it's position.
reattach the RAM memory into slot also make sure ram is fine.
Clean dust from all parts.
Reattach processor and it's fan.
Reconnect pci card or vga card if any.Then check.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Thanks for using FixYa.

Jun 01, 2010 | HP Pavilion Elite M9250F Desktop PC

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Dell vostro 400 2 beeps in bios post test


The cause of beeping is the memory problem. maybe the memory stick is not inserted correctly. If your memory stick will not correctly inserted it will damaged the memory slot. Try to use the other slot, if the same thing happen. You memory slot will be damaged you need to bring you motherboard to the computer repair center. Ask first how you will pay, if the labor cost is high. its better to buy a brand new motherboard.


Aug 01, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Incorrect RAM reported on BIOS

4GB RAM requires a 64 bit compatible processor AND Operating System to be able to access
addresses in memory that exceed the 32 bit assress space.

I'm not familiar with the motherboard that you are using but simply expanding RAM isn't enough if your
system isn't 64 bit compliant. Assuming it is, then ensure that you are using a 64 bit version of Windows 7 opposed to a 32 bit release candidate.

May 22, 2009 | Acer PC Desktops

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My computer turn on but no video comes up


Did your hear beeping ? if not then. verify the memory reinsert it in the slot and refix some cable connection, the VGA-card if it is an add on card.

you can test also if the board and processor is working. you boot your system with out the memory the system beeps, create long beeps.

Just do the troublshooting of the system. and tell me soon after trying my soltuion. best regards, melnavz

Mar 19, 2008 | PC Desktops

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VGA doesn't work on my EMachines W2040

Take new vga graphic card which can be use in agp slot and upgrade ur system with it. ok bye bye

Sep 25, 2007 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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