Please forgive me - I'm SODIMM about RAMs... Sorry, couldn't resist.
I have a feeling my first newbie question here is about a very basic thing I ought to know already, but I've searched for and failed to find the answer anywhere and I'm runnnnning out of time - I've bought some memory and need to know by 1159 GMT tonight if it's the wrong sort so that I can send the store an Email...
I have got a bod-standard old Dell Inspiron 1100 I'm trying to upgrade for my sister to use. (Haven't even flashed the BIOS since buying it new in, about May? 2003.)
It only has 256MB RAM - a pair of 128 slices filling the 2 slots - however, it can take up to 1Gig, so that's what I attempted to order...
I found a store (No, I hadn't heard of them, but they did have a decent score on PriceGrabber.) and I chose ... 2 x 'A-Data' branded 512MB 200 pin DDR SODIMMs that were advertised as having PC2100/2700/3200 compatibility.
The package arrived on Friday... it contained 2 SODIMMs in small, plain, unsealed pink plastic sleeve type bags and there was no paperwork at all. That immediately worried me... Looking closely, the various memory chips on each board have no name etched on them and the labels stuck on them are plain white with...
DDR 200 PIN
written on them, that's it. No barcodes, no logos, no serial numbers, no nothing. I was dubious about the things, but since the bags weren't sealed, I decided to try them in the laptop anyway. Obviously they fit OK, but whichever way round I tried them I just got a dreaded 4 beep code - It went beep-beep-beep -- beep! That's a memory issue alright.
So now that's where you folks come in, I hope...
I know very little about memory issues, but I have to assume that 'PC400' must mean 400MHz speed? As far as I can work out 400MHz is usually linked to PC3200, not PC2100, which is usually 266MHz...
I see many adverts offering RAM that is offered as 'PC210/2700/3200 compatible' and that's why I'm confused... Should the SODIMMs I've been sent be 'backwards compatible' and be able to work with a PC2100 setup?
If the new SODIMMs should
work... there isn't any non standard hardware to cause a problem (mind you, it is a Dell
). So I was wondering if it might be due to never having flashed the BIOS... Do you think that might fix the problem?
If these units are not
compatible with a PC2100 setup, I need to be sure of my facts so that I can send an Email to notify the company by 1159 GMT Sunday night so they'll give me an RMA on Monday (I hope... )
Anyone able to advise me, in simple laymans' terms... Please?!?!
Thanks in advance.
Have a great 4th!