Whenever I have a tech question, I always find the wisest sages on the net here, so I hope you don't mind my asking once again.
I have decided to upgrade the memory on my mother's PC. She currently has 1 GB of RAM (2x 500 MB cards). I have purchased 2x 1 GB cards to install (and yes, it is the right kind. I checked). There are four open memory card ports. Can I just add these in and have a total of 3 GB of RAM, or do all active slots need to have the same amount of RAM in them?
The short answer is there's nothing to worry about and the long answer is commonly known as the 3GB barrier.
So there's no danger to my computer in keeping this setup? I was a bit concerned about it being an odd number when I know how important it is to keep the memory cards balanced. Granted, I suppose it's probably pulling .5 GB from each new card to get the odd number.
Assuming this is safe, I'm actually pretty excited to have hit the barrier, as it suggests that I'm running my computer at maximum capacity. Now, had I purchased 4 GB of RAM and hit the 3 GB barrier, I might be a bit more frustrated, but I can certainly live with having .07 GB of RAM unused.