Memory Question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Tech607, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. Tech607 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2006
    I have a dell dimension 4600 that I am upgrading for my friend. It says online to install the memory in pairs. It has 4 slots and only 2 are used, what will happen if I just install 1 512mb stick. It currently has 2 128mb sticks.
  2. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    it won't work

    your computer, at a guess (hard to know without actually having the specs), has two memory "banks," and those banks require two memory cards per bank. Because the memory bank works as a unit, if you install only one memory card in a bank that needs two to function, then that bank will not work. Whether this will cause a system crash or just a slowdown...hard to say. It's possible that the machine will return an error on startup and refuse to boot.
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    #3 and find your user manual. That will have the exact answers for you.

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