Is this memory stick compatible?
Posted on 2008-11-18
The other day a 256MB memory stick failed in my computer and I had to replace it with a 128MB stick that I had as a spare. That left me with 256MB total (two 128MB sticks installed). I decided it was time to buy two new 256MB sticks and upgrade the system to a full 512MB.
The system is a Dell Dimension L733r.
The memory stick that failed said, "PC100 256MB" on it. I went onto EBay and found the following ad #: 110308864535 It was advertising, "2 X 256mb - 2 Sticks - PC100 RAM MEMORY 168 pin ECC". I thought that would be a compatible replacement so I bought it.
When the new memory arrived, I plugged it in and a lot of beeping ensured that basically means, "This memory doesn't work in this system!"
The new memory (made by SimpleTech) says the following on it: "256MB SYNC 100Mhz, CL3 ECC". I am suspicious because it does not say PC100 on it and I'm wondering if I bought one thing but actually received another.
If I can get confirmation that what I received is not what I bought, then I can ask the vendor to put things right. But, of course, there's a possibility that I've simply bought the wrong memory and the problem is mine. Can someone help me resolve this?