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add memory to a AM5640-E5408A desktop

baccachunbaccachun Posts: 6Member New User
edited February 18 in Aspire Desktops
I would like to add memory to my desktop.  It currently has 3GB of memory with 2 slots.  I believe that I can go to 4 GB's but read somewhere that if I am running Windows 10 that I may be able to add more.  Does anyone have any experience with this desktop or can point me in the right direction?  Many thanks in advance!

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  • billseybillsey Posts: 4,003ACE Pathfinder
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    I believe the maximum supported on that chipset is 4GB, using 2 2GB sticks. You would replace the 1GB you have now with a 2GB. If you're running the 32bit version of Windows it'll only access a bit less than the full 4GB (hence the reason it shipped with 3GB), if you're running the 64bit version it'll use the full 4GB. Swapping OS versions can be a real pain, you can't just upgrade from 32 to 64, you have to wipe and start from scratch. Once on the 64bit version you'll have to reinstall all your programs. Be sure you start the process with a full backup of your data! Windows 7 or 10 doesn't make any difference, only 32 and 64.
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  • SharanjiSharanji Posts: 1,799ACE Pathfinder
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    Hi @baccachun ;

    This model has two slots and uses support single channel 64 bit mode with maximum memory size up to 4GB
    Supported memory type: DDR2 533/667/800 un-buffered DIMM (MCP73S), memory voltage 1.8V 
    Supported capacity: Up to 2GB per DIMM with maximum memory size up to 4GB


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  • billseybillsey Posts: 4,003ACE Pathfinder
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    Before ordering memory, verify what is already in there. It has to have the same speed in both slots!
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  • billseybillsey Posts: 4,003ACE Pathfinder
    Accepted Answer
    I believe the maximum supported on that chipset is 4GB, using 2 2GB sticks. You would replace the 1GB you have now with a 2GB. If you're running the 32bit version of Windows it'll only access a bit less than the full 4GB (hence the reason it shipped with 3GB), if you're running the 64bit version it'll use the full 4GB. Swapping OS versions can be a real pain, you can't just upgrade from 32 to 64, you have to wipe and start from scratch. Once on the 64bit version you'll have to reinstall all your programs. Be sure you start the process with a full backup of your data! Windows 7 or 10 doesn't make any difference, only 32 and 64.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • SharanjiSharanji Posts: 1,799ACE Pathfinder
    Accepted Answer
    Hi @baccachun ;

    This model has two slots and uses support single channel 64 bit mode with maximum memory size up to 4GB
    Supported memory type: DDR2 533/667/800 un-buffered DIMM (MCP73S), memory voltage 1.8V 
    Supported capacity: Up to 2GB per DIMM with maximum memory size up to 4GB


    Hit 'Like' if you find the answer helpful!   
    Click on 'Yes' if the comment answers your question!
    Hit 'Like' if you find the answer helpful!   
    Click on 'Yes' if the comment answers your question!
  • billseybillsey Posts: 4,003ACE Pathfinder
    Accepted Answer
    Before ordering memory, verify what is already in there. It has to have the same speed in both slots!
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • baccachunbaccachun Posts: 6Member New User
    Thanks everyone for your replies!!  I appreciate your input!!
  • baccachunbaccachun Posts: 6Member New User
    Sharanji said:
    Hi @baccachun ;

    This model has two slots and uses support single channel 64 bit mode with maximum memory size up to 4GB
    Supported memory type: DDR2 533/667/800 un-buffered DIMM (MCP73S), memory voltage 1.8V 
    Supported capacity: Up to 2GB per DIMM with maximum memory size up to 4GB


    Hit 'Like' if you find the answer helpful!   
    Click on 'Yes' if the comment answers your question!
    Thanks very much for your reply!
  • baccachunbaccachun Posts: 6Member New User
    billsey said:
    I believe the maximum supported on that chipset is 4GB, using 2 2GB sticks. You would replace the 1GB you have now with a 2GB. If you're running the 32bit version of Windows it'll only access a bit less than the full 4GB (hence the reason it shipped with 3GB), if you're running the 64bit version it'll use the full 4GB. Swapping OS versions can be a real pain, you can't just upgrade from 32 to 64, you have to wipe and start from scratch. Once on the 64bit version you'll have to reinstall all your programs. Be sure you start the process with a full backup of your data! Windows 7 or 10 doesn't make any difference, only 32 and 64.
    Thanks very much for your reply!  I have the 64 bit version of Windows 10 so I'm good there.  Do you think that the addition of 1 GB will make a difference in performance?  
  • billseybillsey Posts: 4,003ACE Pathfinder
    baccachun said:
    Thanks very much for your reply!  I have the 64 bit version of Windows 10 so I'm good there.  Do you think that the addition of 1 GB will make a difference in performance?  
    It depends on your usage. If you are getting into the swap space due to memory usage it'll be a huge difference. If you're not using all the memory available now, it probably won't be big. Fire up Task Manager and look to see if your memory is getting close to max.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
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