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Old March 28, 2011, 12:31 PM
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Default Find out what type of ram a old pc has

I have this customer who wants me to upgrade his ram on his computer and all I can tell is how much he currently has in it (512mb, two 256 sticks) and cpu-z doesn't say if it's ddr 800 or pc3200 or nothing, the computer barely boots into windows without a ton of error messages saying about 40 system/32 files are missing (I think someone told him to delete system 32 and he started to) so is there any other ways of telling what type of ram is in it? I tried finding out what type of mobo it was but I can't seem to find it, just that it's an ASUS in a older alien ware. If anyone can help me out here that would be awesome.

Also tried this,
Speccy - System Information - Free Download
but it wouldn't install, cpu-z even pops up saying something like 'core components could not be loaded, some information may be missing'.
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Old March 28, 2011, 12:40 PM
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CPUZ should show it, not sure why you can't get it.

Otherwise just pull out the RAM and look at it.
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Old March 28, 2011, 01:10 PM
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If it is an OEM machine look up the model, if it is a retail board look up the model. How can you not have figured this out by now?

Do a repair install FFS! Then you can run CPUZ and stuff.

You have absolutely no excuse to come here and ask us to ident stuff now, save this file and keep it at work:

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Old March 28, 2011, 01:29 PM
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Tell him to go here and scan his system and tell you what it reports. it has been accurate when I have used it.


I also had a computer with 512MB in it and put in 2 GB (the max it could take - in 2 x 1GB sticks) and it made a world of difference in the performance. The other option is tell him to take his POS computer to goodwill and buy another one from you!

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Old March 28, 2011, 02:34 PM
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The best program to find out everything is System Information For Windows. There is a free version that doesn't require an install. At the bottom of the page is the free version.

Buy SIW Pro or Download SIW Freeware

Create something idiot proof and they will make a better idiot.

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Old March 28, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Thanks MacJunky for the link to the poster....will be printing off a couple on the colour plotter at work!
Fold for team #54196
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Old March 28, 2011, 03:18 PM
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That's an epic poster @.@
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Old March 28, 2011, 03:25 PM
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Take RAM out
See if there is a sticker with model number on it
Google it
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Old March 28, 2011, 03:56 PM
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open case an read whats on MB for model then d/l manual for it
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Old March 28, 2011, 04:50 PM
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either everest or aida,usually, gives you enough info. or the above.
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