What is the maximum amount of memory (RAM) I can put in my HP Pavilion Slimline s3200t?
January 25, 2010 5:02 PM   Subscribe

What is the maximum amount of memory (RAM) I can put in my HP Pavilion Slimline s3200t?

Back when this computer was made, perhaps the biggest memory stick that was around was 1GB. I have two slots on this computer. They each have 1GB sticks in them. Crucial.com and everything else I've found says that 2GB is the maximum for this computer. But everything I've been reading were reviews back when this machine was first being pushed.

However I want more memory. I'd like to put two 2GB sticks in it for a total of 4GB of memory. Will the computer recognize and use the 4GB? Perhaps there is a BIOS update that will help?

Thanks for any help!
posted by Jackie_Treehorn to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
the spec sheet:

Dual channel memory architecture (1 DIMM per channel)
Two 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
Supported DIMM types:
PC2-4200 (533 MHz)
PC2-5300 (667 MHz)
Single or double-sided DIMMs
Non-ECC memory only
Supports 1 GB DDR2 DIMMs
Supports up to 2 GB

There it is. That they invented better memory since then won't add more address lines to the mobo.
posted by GuyZero at 5:11 PM on January 25, 2010

I had a laptop once that claimed to only take 1GB DIMMs, but I tried 2GB and it worked fine.

Here's a post from someone who claims to have used 4GB in a Slimline s3200t.

Keep in mind that 32-bit Windows XP will only be able to use 3GB, even if you put 4GB in the machine.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 6:05 PM on January 25, 2010

Here's a site that will tell you, and you don't have to buy from them (although they're pretty good): http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx
posted by Mr. Gunn at 6:29 PM on January 25, 2010

Not so fast. The 945G chipset does support 4G according to Intel. But yes, it would be silly to do this if you're using a 32 bit operating system.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:14 AM on January 26, 2010

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