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Unless only one 256-MB memory module is
installed, the modules must be installed in identical pairs. If you want
512MB total, you will need to populate by using two identical 256MB
modules or use the same technique for larger memory sticks. That model supports up to 4GB ram of the following type;
I am not sure what you mean by "slow" so I will anwer in general terms. I would recommend 1st that you make sure the PowerEdge meets the recommended hardware specs for Windows Swerver 2003. (Memory, CPU speed, Hard drive capacity, etc.) 2nd- I would run two Xeon processors instead of one and add as much memory as you can put in your system.
I run MS Server 2003 on one of my servers and here is the configuration that I am using: 2 Xeon 2.8GHz processors 6GB ECC Memory 120GB hard drive for the server operating system (Nothing else is on this drive) 750GB hard drive for all other applications External NAS storage for files, data, etc. (connected to my netword via Ethernet 5e)
With this setup, my server has been running very well for 6 years now. I do maintanance every week on it to keep it up to par. (Simple dusting, checking cables, etc.)
Besides standard beeps codes indicating Processor, CPU, Memory or Systemboard failures,
Dell PERC (PowerEdge Expandable Raid Controller) or SAS Controllers (Serial Attached SCSI) generate beeps to alert failures on the RAID sub-system.
From your description of the issues (when the beeps start), i suggest you check PERC or SAS setup. If you have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installed, you can log-in and check for more information. Additionally, on the next reboot check the PERC/SAS/CERC boot up for any messages. You may also access the PERC (Ctrl+M), SAS (Ctrl+R) CERC (Ctrl+A) Management Menu for specific failures and attempt a rebuild (assuming you have a redundant RAID Volume).
You can also speak with Dell Support and raise a warranty call if the system has warranty.
Note: PowerEdge 840 would ship with PERC or SAS Controller. PowerEdge 700 will ship with PERC or CERC.