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RAM quality and compatibility

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Want to add more RAM to my PC.
1. What are most and least reliable brands?
2. Does added memory have to be the same speed as exisiting one?
3. What is the least amount of RAM that I should have for Win NT ver 4 to work normally?
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Hi

Could you mention the sort of computer and memory you have now ?
You have to buy memory with the same specs as the mem you have now
And you need at least 32 Mb RAM to run WinNT 4.0 workstation smoothly if you have the server version you need more than 32

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About a yr ago I upgraded my 486 to a Pentium 100. I have an AMD chip and 16 meg of RAM. I don't remember what RAM brand I have and what the specs are. BTW, what's going to happen if I combine RAM with different specs? And what are the RAM specs other than its speed? And again, what are good and bad brands? Finally, I've heard rumors that WIn NT does not like either non-Intel chips or non-Intel m/boards or both. Is that true?

Thanks much,
IZ

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You have to look at the speed and the type of mem you have
, like FPRAM or EDO with or without parity
You can find those specs in your motherboard documentation I guess
And a good brand is Transcend for example
And yes WinNT doesnt like all MB or chipsets, the genuine Intel processors are faster than the AMD in WinNT. But WinNT is a very critical OS and you have to be sure you have the same memory as you have now and have enough of it (32 at least)

What MB do you have ?
And what components are in your computer (videocard, etc)?

Marvin

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Coudn't find MB documentation. Well, what can you do... On the board it says "OPTi Viper 82C558M". I also have a Cirrul Logic Video card and a Gallant Sound card.

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You have to find out what memory you have, maybe you can see it in your BIOS

I am not sure if your system will run WinNT without probs but you have to find out yourself I guess
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