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I'm going to update the memory on my Linux box. It is dragging and very slow, being an old machine and not a lot of memory in it. Does Linux, I'm using Fedora 9, tell you that memory has been added? How do I find out if it has been added?
You might just run "lshw" as su to see how much it sees, that is a lot. It should show your processor right on top.
Where I live, it is easy to find 128MB PC2100 RAM sticks, but more difficult to find, or find cheaply, 256MB, with 512MB more difficult still. Few mother boards from the era have more than two, or at most, three RAM slots, and many have but one. I believe that you can use faster RAM with the same standard, such as PC2700, if you can find it.