My cousin’s Dell Dimension 3100 had a few issues; speed was one of it. That probably is due to the fact that it’s running on 512MB of RAM.

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Upgrading the RAM was one solution. But how much RAM can it take? and what type of RAM? are there any free slots available? To answer all this, I always go to my trusted source – Crucial.com.

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I think they have the RAM specs for every computer out there :). Seriously, I have never not found the info I’m looking for.

I usually use the ‘Memory Advisor’ to get the info – just select ‘Manufacturer’, then ‘Product Line’ followed by ‘Model’. You can also use the ‘System Scanner’ function – it will scan you computer and check how much of RAM you have and the slots available.

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It will recommend the type of RAM and the different combinations suitable for your computer. Saves you the time having to open up the machine.

With that, you can either purchase it from Crucial.com or look elsewhere with the info provided.

The Dimension 3100 could only take max 2GB RAM (1GB x 2).  So I went to a local online store  (www.ebiz2u.com.my) and bought 2 pcs of Winova 1GB DDR2 667Mhz PC5300.

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One issue solved.

I’m not sure why I bought this 6 in 1 charger. It’s not like I have to charge 6 devices at the same time. I was caught up in the hype with my friends looking at this online deal – if you bought 2, you get a discount.

Well I have it now.

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But what I really want to share is the indications on the device. If you look closely, you can see some marking on the right side of the devices – 4 is marked ‘i’ and 2 of it is marked ‘G’ .

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After some searching I found the same product on Amazon UK. Under the product description, it states the following:-

Instructions:
1. If you want to charge iPad, please connect it to the USB port of 1, 2, 3, or 4.
2. If you want to charge sumgalaxy Ipad (I think there a typo error in the ad), please connect it to the USB port of 5 or 6.

So ‘i’ is for charging iPad and ‘G’ is for charging Galaxy Tab.

The output requirements for my iPad 2 is 5.1V 2.1A. I don’t have a Galaxy Tab but from the net, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 requires 5V 2A. So there’s a slight difference there.

I found this article useful on how different devices work on different USB ports – gives you an idea of what type of charger to buy for your device.