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Dimension 4550 memory needed

Q: Dimension 4550 memory needed

I have a Dimension 4550 with 256 mb of memory. I'm ready to upgrade at this point and i know that only certain types of memory will work. Anyone have any ideas what kind i need and or links to the proper items at a reputable online store?

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system model

Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 4550
System Service Tag: CXXV421 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: CXXV421
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower


2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
code name northwood
brand id 9
package Socket 478 mPGA

main circuit board

Board: Dell Computer Corp.
Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A08 09/23/2003

memory modules

2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_A' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM_B' has 1024 MB

hard drives

240.06 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
197.87 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD1600AAJB-00WRA0 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAS26342810, rev 58.01H58, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD800JB-00JJC0 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WMAM9AWK2606, rev 05.01C05, SMART Status: Healthy

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Quote: Originally Posted by ZeroManArmy

I updated my Dell to Win7 last night and I realized that I don't have any sound drivers or cards. I have been Googling for about 3 hours now without any luck. Can any one help me?

Have you tried Dell?

If they dont have a win 7 driver an earlier one can be used if it is installed in compatibility mode.
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A:Dell Dimension 4550


did you get restore disks with the computer when you bought it?
or an xp disk with a motherboard disk
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my mate wants more ram for his dimension and I need to check exaclty what type he needs.
Could you please tel me what type of ram it needs?

A:Dell Dimension 4550 RAM

look here, use the drop down menu's to select the correct computer
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it currently has 256 MB and I would like to get it to at least 512 MB.....would I be
better to add an additional 256 (would there be room) or simply replace the 256 with
512? How hard is it to replace the memory myself??

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I am planning on upgrading my old Dell Dimension 4550 to Vista after Christmas.
I am sure when you first read this you'll think, blimey what's he doing that for, but it only came with an 18Gb hard drive and 256mb of RAM.

I am planning on replacing these components with at least a 160Gb hard drive and 1Gb or RAM

Question 1;
- What kind of hard drive does it take?
#i.e; 2" hard drive or 3" hard drive

Question 2;
- What kind of RAM does it take
#i.e; DDR etc...

Question 3;
- Is this completely insane or can it be done, and done well???

Thanks very much and have a very Merry Christmas

A:Dell Dimension 4550

I have just looked at the specs and I dont think that I would bother, IMHO it would run crap.
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A:Dell Dimension 4550 error

Does it recognize said drive in the BIOS?
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A:Dell Dimension 4550 running XP

I guess it all depends how well it performs under any of these tasks.  I use my old but well kept up to date Dimension 5000 to backup my wife's Surface Pro 4 via home network on Windows 10.
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A:Question about my Dell Dimension 4550

If you right click on my computer and go to properties does it show 2 gigs?
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A:Dell Dimension 4550 issues


I was doing a little research and found out that lsass.exe is a system process of the Microsoft Windows security mechanism. More than likely from what I read you have a virus of some type.

I would recommend you get the following scans done in safe mode:

PS: Check out this site for a lot of information about lsass.exe (I used it to help you):

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A:Will this work in my Dell Dimension 4550?

It only takes DDR 333 or 266 memory and Pentium 4 processor.
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A:Reseat heatsink dimension 4550

Please list the type of installation that you removed. Were there 2 plastic keepers put through holes in the motherboard that needed to be removed? Was it held in by tape or what?
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A:dimension 4550 bios battery help.

Hi GWB21471
Thanks for writing to us.
After changing the battery is the BIOS saving the settings?
Have you replaced it with the same part# as the original one. If yes, then possibly we are looking at the connector on the motherboard is faulty.
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name in blue and then select send a private message
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Do you have recovery disks that came from Dell?
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A:Need help finding drivers for Dimension 4550

Lets see what we can do.

First install the Chipset Driver:

Lan Driver:

I know you have downloaded it before, but please do so again. I had the same issue the other day. I ended up redownloading it and had no issues.

Once you have internet access run Everest under my signature and attach the report to the thread. The report will tell me what hardware you have.
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A:Upgrading a Dell Dimension 4550, need help


as a newbie you cant post links, as for Dell PC's why bother upgrading it, just sell it and buy a new unit, easier in the long run and cheaper, from what i remember Dell use specific PSU's in some of their machines so if you wanted to swap it out it would have to be a Dell PSU.

You can pick up a good spec PC for a few quid nowadays as they are getting cheaper all the time.
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A:Dell Dimension 4550 desktop problem

Maybe it is too old to work any more
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A:No sound on my lovely Dell Dimension 4550.

Have you check the device manager on your computer, check if the sound card there are installed. You may see yellow exclamation mark on them.
Try updating the drivers from there ,intead of installing it using the setup utility of the soundmax.
BTW is this a built-in sound card?
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A:Removing Dell Dimension 4550 Motherboard

Dell 4550 Manual

I too have a Dell 4550 & I also know how hard it can be to navigate thru the Dell site But if you click on this link
& select Replacing the System Board You will see that the mobo slides out on a tray.
Look for a green tab to slide it out then once out one would remove all the screws & then give it a lil push to the left ,kinda like you would on a side cover of a tower.
Good luck I hope the link is of some help!
PS: I need a replacement board for My lil girls 4550 since a power surge fried it & it's no longer covered be Dell.
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A:Compatible Video Cards for Dimension 4550

***   ***  UPDATE  ***  ***
It would appear that forum poster, wizard2u, successfully installed an evga 6800gs in his 4500.  I can't speak for other brands, but that card worked.  So disregard information you see below except for the benchies.
I'm going to give you an update on using 6800gs cards in your 4550.  It appears that the 6800gs is too long and bumps into an ide hard drive connector on the motherboard.
This picture posted by Pro depicts the mobo of a 4500.  The case dimensions and motherboard diagrams of the 4500 and 4550 are the same.  Thus the 6800gs will not fit as Pro states.
The next links show the relative speed of the 6600GT in comparison to the  Ati offerings you mentioned.
Granted these benchies are run in computers with faster cpus, faster memory,  than a 4550, and with pci-e vid cards.  The only point is to demonstrate that the 6600GT is faster than the ATi solutions.
The only hope is that nvidia will release the 7600GT as an agp card and make it shorter than the 6800gs.
Good Luck
Dimension 4550Intel P4 2.53GHzA08 Bios768Mb DDR 333MHz RAM533Mhz fsbSapphire OEM Radeon 9800Pro w/128MbSoundBlaster LiveD-Link 524 Wireless RouterLite-on DVD-romLG-DT-ST CDRW-rom 848-1bWD 600BB 60Gb Ultra ATA 100 7200rpm HDWD 1200JB SE 120Gb ATA 100 7200rpm HDBenQ FP71G+ LCD monitorWin XP SP2 (all updates)
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CD in drive

Computer will not boot from CD

Changed boot sequence in BIOs
Still no luck

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A:Wiping a Dell Dimension 4550 Clean


Does the drive read the OS disc in the current windows.

Do not forget to either have the Dell Drivers disc handy or download the drivers from dell to a flash drive.

If you are using the Original Dell OS disc it is bootable.

If the drive is working the pressing F12 when the Dell logo appears should get you to the Boot Device Menu. At that point it couldn't hurt to run the drive diagnostics Since you mention issues with windows. (Boot Diagnostic Partition) or you can boot the Dell drivers disc for the Dell Diagnostics.

if the disc is bootable and the drive is operating properly then you should be able to boot from it in the boot device menu.

You could test the disc in another computer too.

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A:Dell dimension 4550 mobo e210882

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A:Installing drivers on Dell dimension 4550

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A:Audio Device Problems On Dell Dimension 4550

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got a green light,but dead to the world.
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when i work on a standard pc i use a screwdriver to touch the pins and power up a pc without a switch.
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Your Dell uses RDRAM and those must be installed in matched pairs only, as the instruction from Dell plainly states. You will not be able to use your single 512MB module unless it is RDRAM (not SDRAM) AND you can pair it up with another identical one. Ordinarily you can only buy RDRAM in pairs regardless of capacity so I suspect your 512MB module is not RDRAM and, therefore, you can't use it.
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Check here:
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A:Memory Upgrade - Dell Dimension 8100, plz help

I answered your identical post elsewhere. You shouldn't post multiple identical posts as it leads to confusion when different people answer each one.
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Im sorry to say that this board will only support up to ddr 2100. Only a newer motherboard that supports ddr 2700 can handle that kind of memory. If the motherboard did support 2700. Sure you could mix and match, but it would only run at the slowest speed. Since a 2100 cant run at 2700.

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gbsdirect said:

It was the Motherboard fan making all the noiseClick to expand...

Do you mean the CPU fan ?
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by: The best way to buy compatible memory is to use a Memory finder from one of the companies that manufacture or sell Memory sticks.
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hello & welcome to TSF

how long did you let it set when trying to go into safemode ?

some times it can seam like it is just freezing but it is really just loading the drivers

try safe mode again but let it set about 10 min before aborting the attempt

then get back to us

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A:Dimension 3000 upgrade help

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A:Dimension 2400 upgrade

can i please get someones advice?
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A:HELP!! Upgrade Dimension C521?!?!

Try and

Both have cases and both have good prices. also your local Bestbuy has computer cases. they are more expensive though.

Generally speaking, if you have a Dell case you will need (at least) a Dell motherboard to go in it. they are usually made for only one board. As for the video card there is no way that you could fit a 9800GTX in that case. There are a ton of cases to choose from on those sites. Hope this helps you out.
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They now have PROCESSOR, 524, 3.06, 1MB, PENTIUM 4 PRESCOTT DT, G1
Or what is the best I could get in these?
I've got windows 7 and hoping to be able to get on up to 10 but the 524 is not compatible.

A:Dimension 5150 cpu Upgrade

The Pentium D945 is the maximum that can be used in the Dimension 5150/E510. 
However, if you do not have the 0HJ054 motherboard installed and you upgrade the CPU on most other motherboards you will get an "incompatible CPU" at boot up and must press F1The Dimension 5150/E510 does not support any of the Pentium G20xx Series processors, these require a different motherboard and socket..The Dimension 5150/E510 motherboard has a Socket LGA 775 and does not support any Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad processors, only Socket LGA 775, P4 and Pentium D can be used.The Pentium D945 is the maximum that can be used in these models.  Prior to upgrading the processor, check that you have the latest BIOS version installed.You can find more Dimension E510/5150 upgrade info, here:
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I'm looking for the best video card upgrade for my Dell Dimension E310.


Dell Dimension E310 DV051
Motherboard- Model #0JC474, Chipset i915P/i915G
Current Card- Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Memory- 1.5 GB RAM
CPU-lntel Pentium 4
CPU Speed- 2.80 GHz
Power Supply- Dell?
Output- 230W

The main game I will be playing is World of Warcraft, and I'm currently getting from 5-15 fps, averaging at about 8, which is not very good. If there is a card I can get up to $175 (or close) that will significantly improve my fps, please let me know.

A:Dimension E310 Upgrade

Well you can get a one of these cards

But then you would have to upgrade your PSU and I have no idea where to get a power supply for a dell. So I would just get a Geforce FX 5500. It should play WOW pretty good.
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Second, there are no PCI Express slots (only AGP and PCI slots).

It is worth upgrading my current machine's motherboard and power supply?
Would it be cheaper to buy a new machine to support this new video card?

I'd like to use the machine both for games (like Crysis) and for home video editing.

A:Should I upgrade my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2?

Your computer is a proprietory manufacture make and model
Do not update the Motherboard to some new brand
The support page for your model tells you what it currently has (see here)

You are best to update the entire computer
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Here are its specs

Pentium 4 2.66gHz processor
80 GB Hard Drive
256 Ram(I am not sure if it is 2700 or 3200)
It has an intergrated graphics and sound card
If you need anything else then could you ask me for them

I would like to get these things,
1Gb additional ram
A graphics card that can run games well
Also a new power supply if needed
Would these things be enough to run games such as battlefield 2 and KOTOR well with at least decent graphics?

What would you suggest doing?

If at all possible could you keep it under $300 but it is alright to go aboce that
If I need a new MoBo then I found this one
would this work in the Dimension Case?

A:Dimension 2400 Upgrade

The motherboard you list will fit in your dell case, but won't work with your current processor.

Here's a board that should work with your current processor and also still fit in your case.

Here's a pretty good power supply for the price.

A gig of ram, hyper x

And a midrange video card, x1600pro

I believe that will be about $50 overbudget w/ shipping.

Should be pretty good for the price.
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A:Solved: Dell Dimension E520 Memory

boo5790 said:

I have a Dell Dimension E520 and the crucial scan says that I have 2-256 DDR2- pc2 4300 sticks in the computer. When I run the memoryx scan it shows that the sticks I can put in are pc2-4200 sticks. Is there a difference and can I put the pc2-4200 in?Click to expand...

I wouldn't necessarily trust scan results, if it's done by someone ready to sell you stuff. Maybe go to the manufacturer's support page and check with what's compatible...

Looks like yours will take:
533-MHz = pc4200
667-MHz = pc5300
800-MHz = pc6400

dual DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
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this is the memory I think crucial points me to:

would be about £27 with P&P

A:Upgrading memory on Dell dimension 3100

To go to windows 7 make sure there is even drivers for it and will it even support an upgrade to that.If not it will just be a lesson in futility finding drivers and it wont run right.If its that old just bump it to 1g of ram and stay with windows xp.
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I would like to max out this computer using cheap upgrades parts I can buy on eBay. On my friend's 5150, I bought an upgrade CPU for $5 shipped and a thermal paste from ebay for 80 cents. I wouldn't mind buying a cheap video card and a CPU to upgrade this old workhorse

A:Upgrading old Dell Dimension 2400 CPU, GPU, Memory, etc.

 The Dimension 2400 can use either 400MHz or 533MHz, Socket 478, P-4 Northwood, or Celeron processors with a 512k or smaller cache.
You cannot use any Prescott processors [1mb cache].
The maximum supported processor is the P-4 Northwood, 533MHz, Socket 478, 3.06 GHz.
Prior to upgrading the processor, check that you have the latest BIOS version installed.
Regards to the video card, only PCI cards are supported, no PCI Express cards are supported.
The Dimension 2400 supports a maximum of 2GB [2x1gb Modules] of DDR memory.
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thansk in advance

A:Ref Memory for Dell Dimension 4400 for gaming

Yes, that is the max. 4400 Series
Build a new PC from scratch if you want to get better performance. That old Dell is not worth upgrading.
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A:Dell Dimension 8200 Memory Problem

To be honest I was expecting a real problem. These numbers are really nothing something to concern yourself over.
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1GB DDR 184Pin
1x 1GB
400 Mhz
1024MB x 1
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A:dell dimension 3000 memory issue

Hi crymz and welcome to Techspot

Dells (like most brand-named Pc's) often use cheap motherboards which are very picky about RAM. I ran into the same issue when trying to upgrade my mother's Dell Demension 2300.

your computer beeps when you have your new RAM stick installed, is that stick combined with another (older) RAM stick or is it installed by itself? if it's by itself and you get error beeps when booting then that RAM stick will never work with that board, but if it only beeps when installed next to another (older) RAM stick then they may be imcompatible. try the new RAM stick by itself and see what happens...

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A:Dell Dimension 8200 Memory Problem

Welcome to Seven Forums
First off could I get you to enter your system information here

So all members have to do is clcik on My system specs in the lower left hand corner of any of your posts insted of having to go to this post.

Next coudl you download cpu-z and post a snip of what speed your memory is running at?
cpu-z CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting
Thanks. Fabe