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Can I buy a new dell dimension 3200, with 1 gig, then take all the memory that the computer comes with, and put it in my old dell dimension 8200, and take the memory in the dell dimension 8200, purchased in 2002, and put it in my dimension 3200?

Is it just as simple as plug and play?

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by:Lee W, MVP
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Nope - the 8200 uses RIMMs - the 3000 series (I didn't see any "3200" series currently available from Dell) uses DDR RAM.  Indeed, I haven't seen a system sold with RIMMs in probably a year or more
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Just to be clear, it's a completely different type of memory
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For even more info, see here:
http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SDRAM.html

And note the related terms on the right side of the page.  You'll find links there to definitions of the other types of memory, RIMM, DDR, etc
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by:kamleshmistry
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yes, I meant Dell 3000...
Sorry about that...
But thanks for your answer...!

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Just because there are two types of memories, doesn't mean that the memory that Dimension 3000 come's with is not compatible with my old mother board, does it?  (and vice-versa)
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The types of memory are PHYSICALLY different chips and architectures.  It's a little like trying to run a regular unleaded car on motor oil and not gas.  They both combust, but they do things differently.
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Lee W, MVP earned 1960 total points
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My analogy is a little off - to be clear, the all DIMMs have notches on them that ensure you put them in correctly.  To ensure you don't put the wrong memory in a machine, these notches vary in location based on the memory type.  You can't stick a 3 prong plug into a 2 prong outlet without an adapter and with DIMMs, I've never seen any kind of adapter like that.  They'd almost certainly be more expensive then the memory if they did exist.  (That's a little better of an anology)
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got it!
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