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Old 08-14-2009, 11:44 AM   #1
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To know RAM while installing linux


while installing linux if i want to know how much is the RAM of my computer what should i do
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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In many cases, you can see that in the BIOS screens.
If there is a splash screen instead of verbose "post" screen before the actual starting of the installation or bootup is visible, most times there is a key that you can press to override the splash, so it will show the verbose post output.
(the screen that shows the harddisks, the cpu type, the memory etc.. for a few seconds.)

Also in most installers there is a mem check options you can start from the menu you are presented with.

Example:


install <linux distribution name>
check media
run memtest
change bootparams


select the memtest, and then you can see the memory inside the machine too.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:40 PM   #3
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cat /proc/meminfo or something like that

http://www.redhat.com/advice/tips/meminfo.html

well I was right =P
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:47 PM   #4
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cat /proc/meminfo or something like that

http://www.redhat.com/advice/tips/meminfo.html

well I was right =P
nope you're wrong..

The question WAS, BEFORE/DURING installation.. not once installed.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 01:05 PM   #5
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while installing linux if i want to know how much is the RAM of my computer what should i do
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While your system is in Post if the Quiet is not enabled you should see the RAM under test. Otherwise just go into your BIOS to see the installed RAM.

During most installs that are not quiet you could scroll back through the screen to see the output. Within that you could possibly see the RAM. You could do a 'Alt-Fn' to open another terminal to hopefully see the '/proc/meminfo' or even do a 'dmesg' to see the information.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 01:10 PM   #6
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Hi,



Welcome to LQ!

While your system is in Post if the Quiet is not enabled you should see the RAM under test. Otherwise just go into your BIOS to see the installed RAM.

During most installs that are not quiet you could scroll back through the screen to see the output. Within that you could possibly see the RAM. You could do a 'Alt-Fn' to open another terminal to hopefully see the '/proc/meminfo' or even do a 'dmesg' to see the information.
darn you!!! and actuall you prove a good point, some linux installs allow alt+fn to run simple commands which should have the cat /proc/meminfo, so all in all that still is the easiest =P thank you for reminding me of that.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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darn you!!! and actuall you prove a good point, some linux installs allow alt+fn to run simple commands which should have the cat /proc/meminfo, so all in all that still is the easiest =P thank you for reminding me of that.
Most installers these days use a graphical install by default, so you may have to press Ctrl+Alt+Fn to switch terminals from the graphical desktop.

Also, live CDs are increasingly common, where you can just run a GUI terminal program even before anything is installed.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 03:06 PM   #8
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Hi,

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darn you!!! and actuall you prove a good point, some linux installs allow alt+fn to run simple commands which should have the cat /proc/meminfo, so all in all that still is the easiest =P thank you for reminding me of that.
Yes, but as 'rjlee' pointed out you could possibly shell from the GUI. That can be restricted. But why? This is not M$.
 
  


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