I'm trying to help a friend upgrade her HP's RAM, and hopefully speedup the computer somewhat. I researched the motherboard using Belarc Advisor to get the spec's, and find this:
480 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'A0' has 256 MB
Slot 'A1' has 256 MB
The machine only has two memory card slots. I used 4AllMemory.com's tool to find out what memory to order, and planned on ordering a 512mb card for the machine.
Now here's my question. Why does the machine show only 480mb of memory installed, when it has 2x256mb cards installed? Per H-P's website, researching the MS-6367 motherboard (Board: MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6367 from Belarc), the motherboard should have two slots, and a max capability of 1gb of RAM.
Is it possible that 'part' of one of the current memory cards (32mb worth) is bad, and it's only reading part of it? Or is perhaps one card really only 224mb rather than the stated size? I'm hesitant to order a 512mb card, unless there is a 99.999% chance that it will successfully read it, and give her the intended 768mb, which I'm hoping will boost the computer's performance. I have seen in the past where the actual read value of ram is more/less than the stated size, but it was usually a whole lot closer than this.
I've already taken the computer home for 2 days and uninstalled several junk programs, ran scan disk twice, defragged, ran SFC, windows update, installed a few anti-spyware and anti-adware applications (ie Ad-Aware, Spyware Blaster, etc) and scanned and removed a lot of junk, etc, in an attempt to speed this ponderous beast up a bit.
Here is the link to the HP website addressing this motherboard (specifications):
Another discrepancy I noticed was that the HP spec page says:
Proc. Front Side Bus Freq. 266/200MHz,
while the Belarc Advisor states:
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz.
Are these actually two different ratings, or could the machine be under clocked?
I've only fooled around with this type of stuff a bit, so I basically know enough to be dangerous. Hoping someone here can help find a resolution to this problem. Thanks in advance, and if there is any further info I can post to help just let me know.