what is DDR-1 and DDR-2 Ram..

@mrinali (392)
India
September 11, 2009 1:32pm CST
My pc is getting slow and sometimes it Hangs up. Somebody suggest me to upgrade the RAM. What is the meaning of RAM and what is the relation between RAM and DDR-xx. Anybody explain me please...
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• United Kingdom
11 Sep 09
If your pc is running slow then it's a good thing to try and increase your memory or RAM as it were. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. Your system will take a maximum amount of memory and you should find out what that is. I have two GB or Gigabytes of memory or RAM in my system but I can go up to a maximum of 4GB or Gigabytes of RAM. DDR relates to your RAM or memory, there are different types. DDR stands for Double Data Rate and it just means that your memory works twice as hard for you and this subsequently improves the speed of your system. The fact that your system hangs up, this may not relate entirely to the lack of RAM in your system. Other factors could result in this. Do you regularly maintain your pc like using the following utilities: Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmentation, cleaning your system of cookies and things. Do you know about these things? If you have never done these things, this can also slow down your system. Anyway, I hope that I have clarified the RAM element for you. All the best, Andrew
@mrinali (392)
• India
11 Sep 09
thanks for this wonderful explanation about ram. Can you please tell me how to check the amount of ram installed in my computer. ..
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@mrinali (392)
• India
12 Sep 09
Thanks for your guidance. I got it!! I have a 490MB of ram installed with 2.2Ghz of intel CPU. I have check the website. This was really good and I've bookmarked it.I have run the programs that you preferred but it stills slow and hangs occasionally. Should i have to upgrade my RAM ???? or i have to format and re-install the windows XP... What should i do?? I'm really sick of it. Please help me.
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• United Kingdom
12 Sep 09
You know you checked the website, did you run the scan on the website? Or did your computer hang half way through and you didn't get the result of the scan? You can upgrade your ram based on the result of the scan as it tells you how much you can install. A couple of other questions though. Do you have a desktop or a laptop? Also, when you upgrade your ram you don't need to reinstall windows or anything like that. You have never opened up or been inside your system have you, assuming that it's a desktop you have? If you purchase the Ram from the cruicial website after having carried out the scan then you need to open up your system and install it but you have to be very careful here as there is something called ESD or Electo Static Discharge. Whenever doing anything inside your pc you have to ground yourself as it were. ESD can damage your motherboard inside the pc, ESD is a small electric charge and destroy your computer chips. Anyway, to protect the computer whilst working inside there's something called agroupd bracelet or ESD bracelet. You wear this on your wrist and attatch the other end to the back of your pc on a metal port then you can get on with what you have to do safely. You also need to hold the RAM very carefully on the edges and not touch the chips on the side or the metal connectors on the bottom. Anyway, I know that there's a lot of information here but don't worry, take it bit by bit. I would recommend that if you are not that confident you take your pc to a local repair shop and have them install the ram for you. The first thing you should do though before anything is try and get onto the cruicial website and run the scan to full completion so that it gives you all the information you need. Let me know when you have done that then we can talk about the next part. I have another suggestion whereby I can give you one on one technical support by the means of something called remote assistance. I don't know if you have heard of this but it basically means you give me permission to have a look at your computer screen on my computer and sort out your problem, you see the mouse move, that's me moving it but you retain control and you end the session anytime you want by pressing any key. If so, let me know and I will add you as a friend and then give you my private email address via private message. It's a safe service and all operating systems have remote assistance built into them. I'm a qualified IT Technician but don't worry, no charge whatsoever, I'm just happy to assist you in anyway I can. Anyway, let me know how you get on. If the scan is a problem due to your computer running slow etc then you can try a couple of things. Go to your start menu bottom left of screen then select programs then select Accessories and finally select system tools. There should be some useful tools there like disk cleanup, run this and this will get rid of a lot of files and things you don't need. I run this on a regular basis. Anyway, that's it for now, a lot of information I know but it's always about taking it step by step. All the best. Andrew
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
Your mobo Asus P5kpl-Am/ps has two slot that uses DDR2 memory module, you cannot use DDR1 here or any other type. You currently have 512 RAM, some portion of it is used by you built-in video, it's considered small these days and the price of a 1G(or 2G) DDR2 is not much. You now identified your RAM type which is DDR2 next to now is its speed. Your mobo can support 1066, 800 or 667 MHz (1066 is the better faster choice). If your planning to buy just 512 to have 1G then determine you existing 512 speed and match with that. If you want to replace that with 1G(or 2G) then get the 1066MHz speed. Here is your mobo specs if you need it http://www.cyberindian.net/2008/11/18/asus-p5kpl-amps-motherboard/
@mrinali (392)
• India
12 Sep 09
That was a good explanation about my motherboard. Can you suggest me which one is the best motherboard for desktop PCs.. Thanks
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
I thought your problem was just the RAM. Nah your mobo is fine just wait for your RAM and you'll see some improvements. Beside if you change your mobo you'll need to change your processor and your new memory too.
@mrinali (392)
• India
12 Sep 09
Yes..you are correct..After replacing the RAM, it's working fine with a good speed.. Thanks for your valuable suggestion again..
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
11 Sep 09
RAM means Random Access Memory. This is the memory that the computer processor uses to perform all the calculations that it needs to make. Your machine is running slowly and hanging because there is not enough RAM. The mother board has (usually) two slots for RAM memory cards. Now, when you upgrade the RAM it just means putting in a higher capacity RAM card so that you, for example, increase the memory from 1 Gb to 2 Gb. However, having said that, there is a limit to how much RAM memory your motherboard can support, and if you already have the maximum RAM installed that can be supported, then you can't add more. To add more RAM you'll need to consult the motherboard handbook to see what type of memory card it needs and what the maximum amount of RAM the motherboard will support.
@mrinali (392)
• India
11 Sep 09
This was a good explanation about RAM. If you dont mind can you help me about this. I have a limited knowledge about hardware and i want to know something about my computer. Which type of RAM my motherboard supports..I have ASUS-P5KPAM/PS Motherboard and have an 18'' TFT monitor. Can you please tell me that how much ram supports into my motherboard.. Thanks for your valuable suggestion.
• India
13 Sep 09
RAM means Random Access Memory. Up gradation of your RAM depends on various factors that is does your mother board support it. Is the RAM slot correct or not. Ask your computer person who what kind of mother board is yours and does that support DDR 2 RAM. It also has frequency make sure you opt for 800MHz
@May2k8 (7938)
• Indonesia
11 Sep 09
What is RAM? You can see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random-access_memory And for memory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR_SDRAM I hope that can help you to define the what is RAM, relation between RAM and DDR-xx. type of RAM is EDO-DRAM, SDRAM, DDR, etc.