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We have a computer from the early '90s that needs upgrading but we don't know the type of RAM to install. The computer is an IBM and is running Suse Linux Professional 9.1. Any ideas on how to find the info? Do you have to check the previously installed RAM sticks themselves, or is there a way to find out without operating on the computer itself?
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Please set a system restore point before you install anything

Download Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then summary

Look on right for memory type

For more details, click DMI then memory controller

Click + next to motherboard then SPD
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Keith's post is impractical because Everest doesn't work outside of Windows :tazz:

You'll have to open the case of the system with Linux on the system. Take a photograph and attach it to your next post in here.

With an early 90's model you'll most likely be looking at something incredibly oscure that would be virtually impossible to find anymore OR SIMM memory which needs to be installed in pairs.

If you can find the model number of the PC, see if Crucial.com has it listed and there's a list of memory modules they sell that your board will like.
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:tazz:

Via the /proc filesystem

/proc/cpuinfo

/proc/meminfo

/proc/pci

/proc/isapnp

/proc/bus/*
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If you just Google the model number +memory you'll find plenty of listings for the type of memory you need. And many computer recycling places will have some.
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