How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.)
I am a computer tech. I volunteer in our community particularly for schools whenever I can. Often, as every computer tech knows, computers inevitably come into play.
Furthermore, at my business, I train high school students the way of the computer. Students apprentice with us at learning computers as a trade.
Eventually, between the one and the other, I learned of a problem with the PCs at our high school. That is, they are nearly unusable. I contacted the principal about helping with this—an idea she loved—and she directed me to the school's technician who confirmed the problem.
These are 150 PCs which are HP DC5100 SFF
machines. These all have 1gb of DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM. There are four ram slots. Most have two 512mb chips.
In order to bring these machines up to functional, it is going to require an upgrade to 3gb of RAM.
Naturally, with the economy as it is, there is no budget for this. Our school system, like most others in the US, is running bare bones. Pricing the sticks individually, it would cost $3k for that RAM.
I am open to creative solutions to solve this. Is there some place that sells "bulk" RAM? Could I locate some other school or business which has retired the same machines or same RAM? Is there some group that recycles or donates RAM for projects such as this?