Updating an old rdram dell
February 19, 2010After the generally positive experience of building my new gaming rig in December 2009 I convinced my wonderful wife that she really needed a new computer (well I doubt I actually convinced her but she was nice enough to play along).After trying to put together an economy system using all new parts we switched direction and decided to see what it would take to update my old Dell Dimension 8200 which she had been using. Back in the day this was a great gaming machine but I had bought a Dell Dimension 9100 to replace it in 2004.When she came back in 2006 she dropped off the PC and got herself a laptop, claiming the 8200 was "junk".I'm trying to get a couple more years out of it so my wife will stop fighting me over keyboard time. When you start the program it asks for a floppy disk.I have a five year old Dell Dimension 8200 with a Pentium 4 CPU running at 1.8 ghz. In a recent attempt to upgrade the memory I purchased a 512 mg memory with the following specs: SAMSUNG 512MB 800MHZ s51rnc NON-ECC 184PIN RAMBUS KIT(TWO 256MB NON-ECC MODULES) All my attempts to get this to work have been fruitless.I have installed the new memory in the RIMM1 and 2, and the RIMM3 and 4 slots, both with and without the existing 128 meg units.You insert a good floppy that has already been formatted. The following changes have been made to the A08 BIOS to create A09:1.
The Dell Support website reflects only one newer version of its BIOS for the 8200 Series, that being A09, released 10/29/2002, about a month after my PC was built.If you are asked to allow pop-ups, you may have to rerun the scan.Welcome to Extreme Tech’s comprehensive RAM guide, in which we’ll answer a broad range of questions related to how much system RAM you need these days, whether or not it’s worth it to upgrade older systems, and whether DDR3 or DDR4 (the new main types of system RAM) is a better investment option.I have a 2002 Dell Dimension 8200 running a Pentium 4, 2.4GHz CPU w/ 256MB of RDRAM and an Intel 850E chipset; the BIOS is Dell Version A07.I'm going to upgrade the memory to 2GB and the CPU to 3.06GHz.