Arcane RAM question
October 17, 2012 3:09 AM Subscribe
Trying tp revive (as an educational exercise) a 17-year-old computer with an unusual memory structure.
posted by ackptui to computers & internet (4 answers total)
Because of a RAM shortage at the time, the mfr put 4 SIMM (72p) slots and 1 DIMM (168p) slot, so the base memory could be either 2 SIMMs (which apparently must be in pairs) or 1 DIMM, depending on which was available at the time of manufacture. Processor is a 166mhz Pentium, and max RAM is 128mb, which would be 4x32mb if the SIMM slots are used. The DIMM slot was meant for either a 16mb or 32mb DIMM, but I wonder if a computer of this era could correctly interpret a 128mb DIMM? The SIMM slots top out at 32mb capacity, but no mention is made of the DIMM. Any way of knowing this without buying the part and plugging it in? IBM Aptiva 7661-c76, 5v 60ns np edo ecc unbuff RAM.