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    non-ECC memory

    We're considering adding memory to my wife's old (2000) computer. The invoice (from Dell) says that it has "128 MB non-ECC memory." Is this enough info for my local computer store to advise as to the availability of suitable memory, or do I need to translate "non-ECC" into SIMM or DIMM or something?

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    Re: non-ECC memory

    Unless you motherboard supports ECC memory and you are willing to replace all you RAM get non-ECC memory. BTW, you will pay a premium for ECC memory.

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    Re: non-ECC memory

    Thanks. The memoryx site said that I have 3 slots (128 Mb, empty, empty) and recommended 4 compatible SDRAM DIMM memory chips (64,64,128, or 256 MB; the 256 MB is nonECC).

    Can I assume that the first three are ECC? How do I find out whether my motherboard (SE440BX-3) can support non-ECC memory? And how can I find out the maximum memory that it will accept?

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    Re: non-ECC memory

    No, all the slots will be the same. You need to know the motherboard configuration to know if ECC is supported. To find the maximum memory that will be accepted you need to check with the PC vendor. A vendor can restrict the amount of supported memory even thought the motherboard may be physically capable of handling more. To identify your hardware components either consult the original documentation with the PC or use a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> tool such as SIW - System Information for Windows.

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    Re: non-ECC memory

    Oops. Sorry, I overlooked your motherboard name. At the Intel site SE440BX-2 is the last identified motherboard of the se440bx line.See <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/se440bx2/sb/cs-013631.htm#4">Intel
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    Re: non-ECC memory

    Talk about a blast from the past - I have, er had, this exact same MB. Everything you mention in your post is spot on - just ONE recommendation.

    When adding memory to this MB, use the SAME speed non-ECC memory. 100MHz is prefered, but if you use 66MHz, then use ALL 66 MHz. The reality of the MB was when I mixed the frequency, the MB is supposed to automatically adjust to the lower speed. BIOS allowed fro manual tweaks, but I received an unstable condition when I mixed the frequency of the memory. Took 4-6 weeks to figure out through trial and erro. The only reason I actually know it was fixed, I replaced all the memory with Crucial 256M, 100 MHz, non-ECC memory and had no problems for 3 months.
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    Re: non-ECC memory

    Nowadays, I don't even bother to look. I just go to http://crucial.com and use whatever they recomend. Whether I buy it from there or not.

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