Does it matter what memory slot I put my new RAM in?

by on May 25, 2011

Q: I have a Dell E310 Desktop computer that is about 4 years old and I wanted to increase the memory. It came installed with 512 MB of DDR2 memory.

I called Dell sales department to ask how many sticks I would need to upgrade successfully. The technician told me that it is always best to add equal amounts of memory.

Hence, I purchased one new stick of (512 MB DDR2 240 PIN DIMM 64Mx64 DDR2 PC2-5300, NON-ECC) UNBUFF memory.

I am relatively tech saavvy and I would like to install the new memory myself.

My question is: can I put the memory stick into any other memory slot or do I have to space it…? Also, will my PC automatically recognize the memory as in “Plug and Play”..?

Kindly, get back to me asap with all the information that you can provide me to complete a successful installation of my upgraded memory..!

2 Responses to “Does it matter what memory slot I put my new RAM in?”
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    According to the Dell Service manual for the E310, you only have two memory slots. Just insert the new stick in the only open slot. Make sure the slot is free of dust bunnies before you install the stick of memory.

    After the memory is installed you should be good to go, the computer should automatically detect the RAM. If you go to the system page under control panel you’ll see your 1gig of RAM listed.


    Almost forgot, here is a link to the Dell Service manual for your computer, might come in handy!