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My First RAM Upgrade-Any Tips

I am about to do my first RAM upgrade. I am definitely not a computer whiz so just recently I learnt there are at least 3 types of RAM.
My type is DDR. I have an Acer Aspire with a Celeron D Intel processor (somehow is 2.8 GHz which I have heard is good), Ati graphics but only 256MB of RAM. I bought a generic brand of RAM today (1GB) but I don't know whether it is suited totally or not. I ran the cpuz.exe program from the internet and found the RAM speed is 200MHz. The RAM I bought today was 400MHz and my friend said it would run at the lower speed of 200MHz.

When I take the cover off my computer, is there anything special I should do or avoid? The cpuz.exe program seemed to suggest the RAM was not dualchannel and that there were only 2 slots for the RAM sticks.

Hope you can help,
Thanks a lot,

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Re: My First RAM Upgrade-Any Tips

Ah you have found out one of the great things about confusing naming standards. Often times, 200Mhz memory is called 400Mhz if it is DDR because DDR stands for "Double Data Rate".

It still operates at 200Mhz speed, but since it doubles the data it is sometimes refered to (wrongly) as 400Mhz.

On the upside, all DDR-I ram is backwards compatible. So there should be no problems. However sometimes different memory sticks dont play well together.

What I would do is this:

1) Shutdown computer, UNPLUG computer - wait 5 minutes
2) Open computer
3) Remove old Ram stick and replace with the new stick
4) Replace cover, plug in and boot to windows.

If everything works fine, then do step 1-2 again, but this time add the old stick you removed before, and place it in the unused slot.

Again check that the computer functions properly. If it does not, remove the old stick.

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