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Posted on 2006-10-26
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I needed 2GB RAM for a Dell 3000 (uses PC2700), but mistakenly ordered (and received) Crucial PC4000.

Can I use the PC4000, or should I send it back?
Ironically it was less expensive than PC2700 from the same manufacturer.
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It looks like according to Crucial, the highest your system can take is PC3200.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension+3000
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by:JimPletcher
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I saw that!
But, it only indicates that PC 2700 (or) PC3200 will work.  It doesnt indicate ANYTHING else.
So, the q
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by:JimPletcher
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Sorry, hit the wrong key (in the dark).
My apologies!!!!!
But, the original question remains.
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you can still use the ram but it will clock the front side bus to the speed of the motherboard.
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by:bgbeer
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sorry, it will clock to the slowest stick of ram.
there should be no problems.
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by:JimPletcher
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Thank you!!!
That's what I expected, but had no experience to confirm it.
Thanks again.
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no problem.

:)
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by:achchee
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If it causes no problems then economically I would use it because it cost a little less.
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by:JimPletcher
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Unfortunately, the PC wouldn't even boot.
One good theory shot.All other conditions met, only the speed was different.
Darn!!! (or some other word capable of expressing the $220 I spent)
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Save the link I provided in first post.  It would be helpful for your future memory purchases.
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by:JimPletcher
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I KNEW what I needed.
I mistakenly (by not reading the page close enopugh) orderded the wrong part(s).

Sometimes there is no substitute for careful reading!!!!
It's not a total loss, I can use it in one of my own PCs, but I really don't need it.

I consider the thread (and issue) closed.
Thanks to everyone who tried to help!
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