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#1 Posted on 14.6.07 1212.48
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OK, I am a spaz when it comes to this stuff. So please feel free to dumb down any/all responses.

I have a four year old HP desktop. It has 256MB of RAM. While doing a system check, I noticed that 248MB are being used, so I need to upgrade.

I found the part I need through staples, but my question is this. Can I buy another 256MB and add that to the existing 256 or do I need to get 512 and replace the original 512 altogether?

I just got Verizon FiOS for my PC and the performance is still slow.

Thanks in advance.
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#2 Posted on 14.6.07 1241.35
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If your motherboard has an empty RAM slot(s), you can just add an additional 256MB to your current 256MB (but I recommend more).

If your motherboard only has 1 slot for RAM, you'll have to replace your current 256MB stick with a bigger one.

Yeah I said it. REPLACE YOUR STICK WITH A BIGGER ONE LOL
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#3 Posted on 14.6.07 1339.17
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Go to http://crucial.com and use one of their tools to figure out what you can put in and which configurations your system supports. You might want to buy the RAM from them too - good RAM, good prices, good support.
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#4 Posted on 14.6.07 1557.31
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'Nother point to keep in mind--> Even when two sticks of RAM appear to be the same type, they may differ in density. I recently added a stick to my 5-year old computer and I had to get an older one because the newer ones were made with higher density chips. A low density stick will work in a high density slot, but not vice versa. I just googled "high density" "low density" RAM and got a bunch of differing results on how to tell which is which and whether you need one or the other, so you may need to do some investigating to verify what is compatible with your computer. Good luck.
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#5 Posted on 14.6.07 1625.55
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