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I am getting ready to intall additional Rambus memory to my Dell Dimension 8200 and need walked through it... Any help?

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    joecoolvette May 11, 2010

    With all due respect, at the cost of adding 2GB of Rambus ram, you could buy a better computer. Example:http://www.memorystock.com/DellDimension...

  • Sean Steiner May 11, 2010

    Sure,.. are you able to get the case open and see the RAM Sockets?

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One thing to be aware of with the Dimension 8200 is that you need to install memory in pairs. It uses RDRam (Rambus) PC800 memory in a non-ecc state. Also, just in case you ever have trouble, hold onto the blanks you'll find in the empty slots. Should you ever have to remove any of the memory you'll want to reinsert the blanks again.

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For the Dell™ Dimension™ 8200: Before you begin,.. please go to these links and print the pertinent sections of the documents. Opening the Computer Cover, Adding Memory, Closing the Computer Cover. these links include detailed instructions and diagrams for your computer. This should get you on your way to adding/swapping out ram for your Dell.

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Hello d_silverthor,

Here's a video link shoing how to install memory in a Dell Computer:
http://www.memorystock.com/memory/viewvideo.asp?systemtype=Dell+Desktop&Class=Desktop

If this solution is helpful please click a thumbs-up rating below.

Have a great day,
martyshaw152

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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What memory (does) it use?


Jokodi Haynes,
The Dimension 8200 memory specs are listed below.
Memory
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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http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-memory/Dimension+%2F+Dimension+XPS/Dimension+8200+Series+%28400MHz+FSB%29-upgrades.html

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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,

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

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
RDRAM

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:

http://www.4allmemory.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.memorySearch&model_id=24927

Example 2:

http://www.pcmemorystore.com/Dell-Dimension-8200-ram.htm

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.

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/memory_config.asp?ClsId=100

Enter the following information in the blank
and you should come up with which ram is compatible with your computer

then refer to this link on how to install the ram into your computer
http://static.tigerdirect.com/html/guide_installing_desktop_memory.html

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On a Dell Dimension 8200 there were 2 available bus speeds, 400mhz and 533mhz. The bus speed determines the required RAM speed. Most common 8200's have a 400mhz fsb and require a RAM speed of 45ns or faster (Lower number = faster). Some 8200's have a 533mhz fsb and require a RAM speed of 40ns or faster. The RAM modules must be installed in matched pairs, but the 2 pairs do not have to be equal to each other. (I have 8200 with 2x512mb and 2x64mb - you can also mix ECC and NON-ECC pairs but it will disable ECC) Check the last 2 numbers on your original RAM that works in your system, they will be either 40 or 45. If they are 40 - and 45's won't work, you have a 533mhz fsb. If this is the case, buying the same RAM in a 40ns speed will solve your problem...... Hate to be the one to break it to you, but if you do need 40ns (Rambus) RAM, it is very expensive - about 4 times the price and 1/10th as common as 45ns RAM. Some good deals can be found on ebay - search: rambus 40ns.

Hope this helped, and good luck :)

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Keep in mind that new computers use a SATA drive, your old Dell '8200 has an IDE drive. Also keep in mind that your Dimension 8200 drivers won't work on the new computer.

You might be able to install your Dell drive as a slave if you have an open IDE channel available.

Good news is, your old Dell uses RAMBUS memory, which is worth a lot. It's a good parts computer, and most people who look for computer parts know of the bad capacitor issue on Intel made Dell motherboards from that era.

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