How can i tell what type of memory a computer is running without actually opening the case?

mikef208

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I have someone that asked me to upgrade thier memory, but if I can avoid it I don't want to open her case twice. Once to see what type of memory and once more to install it. It is a Pentium 2 with 32MB right now. I can use PC133 even if her other stick is PC100, right? it will just down speed to the lower 100Mhz, so basically the only thing I need to make sure is that it is 168pin memory, right? Do you think it would be anything else?
 

chuckieland

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check the bios
and use benchmark software
but it's better to open the case and see what is on the sticker
 

4824guy

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SiSoft's Sandra program will give you some info on what type of ram the PC is using. But it is always better to look at a existing ram module to see what type and amount of pins it has before buying ram.
 

spamboy

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Dude, if you don't know this stuff you seriously shouldn't be doing work on other people's computers.
 

John

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P2 below 350MHz uses 66MHz bus, and 350MHz+ uses 100MHz. Some boards don't like PC133, so be careful.
 

mikef208

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Spamboy, thanks for that helpful info, but
1. I am not doing work on peoples computers, i am installing a stick of memory for a friend
2. I know this stuff, I know what type of memory it is by looking at it, i am just lazy and don't fell like opening the case twice.

Thanks for everyones help, i will just have to crack open her case.
 

Dogma

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Well, if it boots into the OS, it's memory that works. If not, it doesn't work.
 

igowerf

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Uh... I don't think he meant it like that. ;)