great username, kilgoretrout. i like vonnegut very much myself. i looked in the bios, but couldn't find a reference to the mhz of the memory, just that i'm using one 512mb stick in the first of three slots.
j.w., i haven't cracked the case yet and looked at the stick itself, but i've had little luck with that in the past. i've never understood why they don't print that stuff in layman's terms on the stick itself. would it kill them? anyway, i'll do as you suggest.
btw, i also ran suse's hardware profiler tool (forgot what it's actually called), and while it seems thorough and informative, it also doesn't list this exact information that i need.
thanks to the both of you for your replies.