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Ubuntu Check RAM Memory Chip Speed and Specification From Within a Linux System

22/06/2016 Comments off

I want to add more RAM to my server running Ubuntu Linux. How do I find out my current RAM chip information such as its speed, type and manufacturer name within a Linux system without opening the case?

You need to use the dmidecode command which is a tool for dumping a computer’s DMI (some say SMBIOS) table contents in a human-readable format. This table contains a description of the system’s hardware components (such as RAM), as well as other useful pieces of information such as serial numbers and BIOS revision. Thanks to this table, you can retrieve hardware information without having to probe for the actual hardware. Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type:

$ sudo dmidecode --type memory

OR

# dmidecode --type memory | less

OR

$ sudo dmidecode --type 17

Sample outputs:

# dmidecode 2.10
SMBIOS version fixup (2.51 -> 2.6).
SMBIOS 2.6 present.
Handle 0x0011, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
Physical Memory Array
	Location: System Board Or Motherboard
	Use: System Memory
	Error Correction Type: None
	Maximum Capacity: 4 GB
	Error Information Handle: Not Provided
	Number Of Devices: 4
Handle 0x0012, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
	Array Handle: 0x0011
	Error Information Handle: No Error
	Total Width: 72 bits
	Data Width: 64 bits
	Size: 2048 MB
	Form Factor: DIMM
	Set: 1
	Locator: DIMM#1A
	Bank Locator: Bank 1
	Type: DDR2
	Type Detail: Synchronous
	Speed: 667 MHz
	Manufacturer: Not Specified
	Serial Number: Not Specified
	Asset Tag: Not Specified
	Part Number: Not Specified
Handle 0x0013, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
	Array Handle: 0x0011
	Error Information Handle: No Error
	Total Width: 72 bits
	Data Width: 64 bits
	Size: 2048 MB
	Form Factor: DIMM
	Set: 1
	Locator: DIMM#2A
	Bank Locator: Bank 2
	Type: DDR2
	Type Detail: Synchronous
	Speed: 667 MHz
	Manufacturer: Not Specified
	Serial Number: Not Specified
	Asset Tag: Not Specified
	Part Number: Not Specified
Handle 0x0014, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
	Array Handle: 0x0011
	Error Information Handle: No Error
	Total Width: 72 bits
	Data Width: 64 bits
	Size: 2048 MB
	Form Factor: DIMM
	Set: 1
	Locator: DIMM#1B
	Bank Locator: Bank 1
	Type: DDR2
	Type Detail: Synchronous
	Speed: 667 MHz
	Manufacturer: Not Specified
	Serial Number: Not Specified
	Asset Tag: Not Specified
	Part Number: Not Specified
Handle 0x0015, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
	Array Handle: 0x0011
	Error Information Handle: No Error
	Total Width: 72 bits
	Data Width: 64 bits
	Size: 2048 MB
	Form Factor: DIMM
	Set: 1
	Locator: DIMM#2B
	Bank Locator: Bank 2
	Type: DDR2
	Type Detail: Synchronous
	Speed: 667 MHz
	Manufacturer: Not Specified
	Serial Number: Not Specified
	Asset Tag: Not Specified
	Part Number: Not Specified