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RDRAM Can I use ECC RDRAM as an upgrade if my PC originally had non ECC?

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If you mix ECC and Non-ECC, the system will default to treating all the .... ECC vs Non-ECC there is no harm in doing this but if there is any old ecc the system will run all as ecc

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What memory (does) it use?

Jokodi Haynes,
The Dimension 8200 memory specs are listed below.
Architecture RDRAM
Memory connectors four
Memory capacities 64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-MB non-ECC RDRAM
Minimum memory 128 MB
Maximum memory 2 GB with Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows XP; 512 MB with Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Memory type PC800 (non-ECC)
Memory speed 40 ns or faster
BIOS address F8000h
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Mar 29, 2016 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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I bought 2 x 1 GB 128M x 72 333MHz PC2700 DDR SDRAM cards to upgrade my HP Compaq dx 6100 MT Pentium 4 Desktop - Upgraded the BIOS as prescribed...BUT if i insert these memory cards in any order in the...

wrong parts, its not support by chipset
One of the following
2-GB DDR Synch Dram PC3200 (400-MHz) Non ECC (2x 1GB)
Memory Speed Supported DDR Synch DRAM PC3200 (400MHz) non-ECC
Product documentation

Dec 20, 2014 | HP PC Desktops

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Dell Precision 530 with dual Xeon CPUs. Uses Rambus memory. (4) 256mb ECC modules are installed. It should be a total of 1 gb. However, BIOS only shows 256mb total even though it shows all 4 rambus...

It sounds like like you have multiple issues. When all memory slots are filled with 256 sticks the computer boots but only sees 256 MB instead of 1 gig.
When you install the Crimms it won't boot at all.
You may have an open circuit on one of the Crimms.
As for the computer seeing only 256 MB you may have a bad memory slot on the motherboard.
Here's a link regarding Direct Rambus DRAM or DRDRAM (sometimes just called Rambus DRAM or RDRAM:

May 15, 2011 | Dell Precision 530 PC Desktop

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Dell Optiplex GX110 currently runs 128mb sdram pc125 cl3.0 . Am I correct to assume maximum upgrade would be 2 x 256mb sdram pc133 non-ecc unbuffered 3.3v ? Maximum memory per slot being 256mb ? Is my...

If I remember correctly, that Dell has two memory module slots, so 2 512 mb modules of non-ecc pc133 memory is the max that the system board will allow.
This is controlled by the system board chipset, and not by the bios.

Dec 15, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX110 PC Desktop

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I just need to upgrade the memory on a Dell Precision 530MT.. can't seem to find the exact type of memory it needs.. any ideas?


When installing memory modules in the system board sockets and not using the optional memory riser boards, observe the following guidelines:
  • Each memory socket on the system board must be occupied either by a RIMM or a CRIMM.

  • Memory sockets must be upgraded in matched pairs. In other words, two sockets in a pair must contain modules of identical capacity, number of components, and speed. See "System Board Memory Components" to identify pairs of sockets.

  • Mixed pairs of ECC and non-ECC modules all function as non-ECC.

  • Be sure to install a RIMM in socket 1 first (closest to the processor) before installing modules in the other sockets.

  • The system board supports PC600 and PC800 memory modules.

  • what memory part numbers you should buy and cost
the link below will give you what type of memory you need to isntall

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Nov 19, 2010 | Dell Precision 530MT (WHL530MTGHEI31LE) PC...

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I want to add more ram. Where do I get it? Dell

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, so don't 'Shoot the Messenger'!

The Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop PC uses RDRAM ram memory.
VERY expensive stuff!

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This is Dell Support, Manuals, and the Dimension 8200 Service Manual,

Scroll down the list to the heading - Specifications, and left-click on it.

Scroll the page down until you come to the heading - Memory
Now look at the first subheading - Architecture

You have 4 ram memory slots. (memory connectors)

EACH, ram memory slot can support up to a Maximum amount, of 512MB. (512 MegaBytes)

TOTAL Maximum Amount for your computer is 2GB. (Not shouting)

1024MB = 1GB. (1024 MegaBytes = 1 GigaByte)

The type of Rdram ram memory is PC800, and it is Non-ECC.

(Error Correcting Control, or also stated as Error Correcting Code.
Used mostly for Server computers. Your computer does not use ECC ram memory)

In My Humble Opinion, (And again, don't shoot the messenger), it would be better money spent to buy a decent affordable computer, than it would be to upgrade the ram memory in this computer.

This statement is based upon the fact that the Dell Dimension 8200 ships with 128MB's of ram memory.
(Makes it a pretty slow computer. Rdram or not)

The average cost to install, for example, 1GB of ram memory is OUTLANDISH! (Not shouting)

Example 1:

Example 2:

For about another $100 you can buy a pretty decent new desktop computer, that will run the one you have in circles.

Just my thoughts.

Dec 07, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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Looking for the manual for a Gateway 700S PC. Specifically 2 questions ... 1) how do I open the ATX tower case? and 2) what EXACT memory specs do i need to upgrade this unit from the 256MB that it came...

for the memory upgrade, your system used RDRAM RIMMS.
it supports the following memory modules (which must be installed in pairs).

and as for opening the case, you there should just be ~2 screws on the side panel away from the motherboard ports that you can remove and it will slide off, or there might be 1 or 2 thumb screws.

64MB Module 64MBx16, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-136 128MB Module 128MBx16, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-079 512 MB Kit 256MBx16, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-081 64MB ECC Module 64MBx18, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, ECC, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-134 128MB ECC Module 128MBx18, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, ECC, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-080 512 MB ECC Kit 256MBx18, 800MHz PC800, 184p RIMM, ECC, RDRAM, 45ns, 2.5v PC800-Kit-082

Jun 24, 2009 | Gateway 700 X PC Desktop

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Hi Guys I have a packard bell istart 1359, memory max is 2048mb and I currently have 512mb installed. I purchased 2 x 1gb ddr2 pc2-5300 -cl=5 -unbuffered -non ecc ddr2 - 667-1.8v -128 meg from crutial. I...

some systems require ECC it may be as simple as obtaining ECC Ram......u can try checking the memory that cam with it to see whether it is buffered and ECC if it is you will have to obtain same type of RAM

Apr 15, 2009 | Packard Bell iMedia 6826 (P481000502) PC...

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Dell Dimemsion 8200 Won't Boot - Beeping Sequence 5-2-2-1

Often simply disconnecting the power cable, holding power button for 15 seconds, release power button, plug back in will work

Otherwise remove CMOS battery and perform above operation

Hope it works

Feb 03, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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