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Old 12-01-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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How much RAM can I have?


I have an intel celeron 433 MHz processor. How much RAM can I add to this? Will it handle 512 or 1 gigabyte without smoking into non-existance?
 
Old 12-01-2007, 07:38 PM   #2
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Check your Motherboard Manual? Google Online for your motherboard Model?
 
Old 12-01-2007, 07:40 PM   #3
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Don't know it. And don't have a manual.
 
Old 12-01-2007, 07:51 PM   #4
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I don't believe the chip will be the limiting factor.
Open the box and look at the mobo itself - should have the manufacturer and model/number on it somewhere. Might be bloody hard to find tho'.
 
Old 12-02-2007, 12:38 AM   #5
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Go to crucial.com or kingston.com You can input your computer brand/model and it will tell you how much you can upgrade and appropriate path to take. If it's an older 433mhz, I would almost bet no more than 1GB. It would likely be 768MB or 512MB.

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:51 AM   #6
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I think the most common chipset at this vintage is the Intel BX, and the limit for that is 768 M. But you might have a chipset from someone else with a different limit, so you are going to have to do some detective work.

Your options seem to be:

- Google something that you know like chipset or mobo (other search engines exist, apparently).

- Install/check with some program that gives you hardware details (say Yast in SuSE, others for other distros)

- Take the cover off and see if you can find something that you can search for, like a chipset or mobo type.
 
Old 12-02-2007, 01:00 PM   #7
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Funny but my BX handles 1gig just fine.

You might want to try HWbrowser. It gives a fair amount of information about stuff. You should also be able to see a what motherboard it is during boot up. It SHOULD tell you motherboard and bios revision.
 
Old 12-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #8
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sometimes lshw will return the maximum amount of memory you can use on the motherboard.. not all board return this information though. ymmv.

In this example you can see that there is a 1GB stick in bank:0 and nothing in bank:1. The capacity of the motherboard is listed at 2GB max..
Code:
it-etch:~# lshw -C memory

  *-memory
       description: System Memory
       physical id: 1000
       slot: System board or motherboard
       size: 1GB
       capacity: 2GB
     *-bank:0
          description: DIMM DDR Synchronous 533 MHz (1.9 ns)
          product: KHU006-QIA
          vendor: 7F98000000000000
          physical id: 0
          serial: A036F583
          slot: DIMM_1
          size: 1GB
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 533MHz (1.9ns)
     *-bank:1
          description: DIMM DDR Synchronous 533 MHz (1.9 ns) [empty]
          vendor: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
          physical id: 1
          serial: FFFFFFFF
          slot: DIMM_3
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 533MHz (1.9ns)
 
Old 12-02-2007, 08:36 PM   #9
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Turns out its on 256, but with Win98 (not my computer), it runs pretty fast. For windoze.
 
  


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