Re: Memory Info Utility

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Subject: Re: Memory Info Utility
Name: ludicrous
Date: 6/26/2001 1:50:14 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Memory Info Utility posted by joeyconcrete

the one limitation to utilities is that many of them have to be updated by the author in order to properly identify newer products.

If you can't get a utility to work for you, at the very least, you *should* be able to identify the speed grade by looking at the chips themselves. Generally there will be text printed on each chip in white. Look for a number ending in -10, -8, -75, or -6 (I think?).

If memory serves (and that is a BIG if, maybe MS or someone can correct me), -10 is PC66 CAS 2 or 3, -8 is PC-100 CAS 2 or 3, -75 is PC-133 CAS 3, and -6 is PC-133 CAS2.

In many BIOS setup screens, you can allow a memory "auto configuration" or "auto detect by SPD" option that will then read the DIMM(s) SPD chip(s) and automatically set up the timings according to the slowest part detected. If you do your DIMMs one-by-one, then see what settings were assigned, you can often simply read back the rated parameters.

It's a longer way but between the BIOS and the numbers on the chips you can usually figure out what you have with little difficulty if a utility is out of date or something.

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