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Dell Dimension 8250 Memory Question

Hi...This isnt a problem but a question. Is it true my Dell Dimension 8250 can only take 1.5 Gigs of PC 1066 rdram memory instead of 2 Gigs? That means I can only buy 2-512mb modules and 2-256mb modules as opposed to 4-512mb modules.

Please confirm the truth of this before I upgrade the memory as I really wanted the maximum of 2gigs as I intended to upgrade to Windows Vista Business or Ultimate editions in the near future.

Thanks in advance for responding.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8250. You have 4 slots for RAM. You can put 2 1GB cards in 2 slots and then get card place holders. CPH are little basicly fake cards that sit in slots to take up their place. If you have 2 slots empty ad do not use CPH then you possibly could fry your system or your system will juyst continue beeping untill you put CPH in there.

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Re: Dell Dimension 8250 Memory Question

Hello woid!

Better too late than never but better never late!

I would like to answer your question about you computer! Your computer can maximize memory upto 2 GB depending on the type of memory:
In PC800 memory(non-ECC)- can support upto 2gb

In PC1066 RDRAM (non-ECC) - can support upto 1.5GB

for more information about your computer you can see it here:

Hope this answer your question.

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I have same computer, to buy more memory it would cost me more then $500 so I decided to purchase a new computer. Will format my 8250 and give it to my son clean.

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You have to have all the sticks the same size. and kind.

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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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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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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!

Supporting Data:
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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Dimension 8250 will not turn on but on button

open cpu cabinet
Refix RAM memory then check.
Pull cmos cell for 10 minutes frommotherbord so all settings defaults.
Also clean dust from all circuit.
Reconnect ATX connector from smps supply to motherbord.
Refix processor fan and processor.

Let me know if you need more assistanse.

Aug 31, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop

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I have a dell dimension 8250. I lost my sound, but

Either your soundcard driver has gotten corrupted or your soundcard has died. You can find both the driver & info on what card you have at Click on the support link and you can either input your Dell Service Tag & get exact system info, or you can look it up using the system model #. The driver will be available for download. Try reinstalling an updated driver first. If that still doesn't work check your device manager to see if a soundcard is listed. If it is not then more than likely your card has died and will need to be replaced. Hope this helps.

Jul 11, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop

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I have a dell Dimension 8250 and replaced the memory cards with a higher memory. I got a memory error beep code so I replaced the original. I'm still getting the beep code. Any ideas? I was careful...

Please check the following link for complete information on Dimension 8250

Check the technical specification section to see if u bought the correct memory type for this computer to upgrade..if yes then proceed to the adding and replacing parts section to check for the instructions on adding memory.

Jun 27, 2009 | Dell Dimension 9150 (DIM915MIN) PC Desktop

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Possibility of using Dimension 8250 memory in a Dimension 8200

Probably not, but to confirm go to this link. When you're there plug in the info for both machines and compare the memory configurations.

May 25, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop

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"my computer will only beep no screen,it beeps


You likely have a bad memory module. First, try removing all the memory and putting it back in again. This is called reseating. If you still get the errors, then try removing one stick at a time and testing it with each stick (provided, of course, you have more than one stick installed). If you only have one stick installed, remove it and turn on the computer and it should beep at you as well. That memory stick will need to be replaced.

Thanks and please take a moment to rate this solution as fixya. Thank you.

Mar 14, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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Can i find rdram in computer stores

Yes, here is online store,

Dec 15, 2008 | Dell Dimension 8250 PC Desktop

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