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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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  • Alexander Knowles Dec 20, 2007

    That doesnt answer the question. What am asking is what is the official, confirmed maximum the computer can take under PC1066 RDRAM memory......is it 1536 megabytes or 2048 megabytes?

  • Alexander Knowles Dec 20, 2007

    Thank you Melnavz

    Do you think the same PC800 modules for the Dell Dimension 8200 will work with the Dell Dimension 8250?

    If so then I can just go with the 2GB option instead of the 1.5GB.

  • ASMARA1950 Mar 18, 2009

    WHICH MEMORY CHIPS CAN I USE WITH A DELL DIMENSION 8250?

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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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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:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

Hope this answer your question.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

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    Technical Specifications
    Dell™ Dimension™ 8250 Series






    Memory








    Type



    PC800 or PC1066 RDRAM (non-ECC)





    Memory connectors



    four





    Memory capacities



    64-, 128-, 256-, and 512-MB non-ECC





    Minimum memory



    128 MB





    Maximum memory



    2 GB for PC800
    1.5 GB for PC1066




    Memory type



    PC 1066 (non-ECC) only on computers
    with a 533-MHz system clock speed
    PC 800 (non-ECC) on computers with either a 400- or a 533-MHz system clock
    speed





    Memory speed









    PC800



    40 ns or faster





    PC1066



    32 ns or faster





    BIOS address



    F8000h

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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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Jokodi Haynes,
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If this holds true,

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7577204_specifications-dell-model-dhm-computer.html

,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.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

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,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

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Yes. Due South.

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
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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,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

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,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASRock_K7VT4A_Pro_Mainboard_Labeled_English.svg

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.

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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets

Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E

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Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA

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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)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDRAM

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.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

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,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_423

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Willamette_.28180.C2.A0nm.29

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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,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8200/

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