Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vostro 220 Series CAN handle 8GB of RAM

Contrary to Dell's website, the Vostro 220 DOES support 8GB of RAM with the latest BIOS upgrade.

My wife's Dell Vostro 220 is now running Windows 7 x64 and has 8 GB of RAM. I upgraded her BIOS to 1.3.0 before swapping the memory (I read somewhere that the updated BIOS supports the full 8GB).


On a related note, you can actually get the service tag out of your Dell computer in Windows by issuing the following command.


Following WMIC command will give make and model number along with service tag (service tag is IdentifyingNumber here:

C:\>wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
IdentifyingNumber    Name                Vendor
ABCDEF1              PowerEdge 2950      Dell Inc.
 
In Linux:
 
[remote-host]# dmidecode -s system-serial-number
ABCDEF1
 
HT: http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2008/10/view-dell-service-tag-and-express-service-code-from-linux-and-windows/ 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi, thanks for the info. What RAM are you using?

baitisj said...

Any time. 2x PC6400 (800MHz) DDR2 Non-ECC 4gb modules

Anonymous said...

any particular brand?
just want to get the exact ones so my chances of it working are better you know?

baitisj said...

Ah, got it. I bought:

Patriot PSD24G8002 Signature 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory PSD24G8002

from ramexperts.com

My price was 95.98 on Oct 15 2011

Jimmy Hellas said...
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Jimmy Hellas said...

Hi there

Mine doesn't boot with 8GB RAM (2X4GB).
What am I doing wrong?
BIOS 1.3
VOSTRO 220s