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I want some new memory for my computer and I can't find out what type of memory my computer uses and needs. When I was using Windows I used Belarc to find out what hardware was on the computer. Now that I am using ubuntu I am not sure what to use. I also used Glary utilities. Can anyone help me?

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sudo lshw -C memory reveals following information on my machine:

sudo lshw -C memory 
[sudo] password for stefan: 
       description: BIOS
       vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
       physical id: 0
       version: 0208 (01/31/2005)
       size: 64KiB
       capacity: 448KiB
       capabilities: isa pci pcmcia pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb agp ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification netboot
       description: L1 cache
       physical id: 5
       slot: L1-Cache
       size: 32KiB
       capacity: 32KiB
       capabilities: pipeline-burst internal varies data
       description: L2 cache
       physical id: 6
       slot: L2-Cache
       size: 2MiB
       capacity: 2MiB
       capabilities: pipeline-burst internal varies unified
       description: System Memory
       physical id: 1b
       slot: System board or motherboard
       size: 1GiB
       capacity: 3GiB
          description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous
          product: PartNum0
          vendor: Manufacturer0
          physical id: 0
          serial: SerNum0
          slot: DIMM0
          size: 512MiB
          width: 64 bits
          description: DIMM SDRAM Synchronous
          product: PartNum1
          vendor: Manufacturer1
          physical id: 1
          serial: SerNum1
          slot: DIMM1
          size: 512MiB
          width: 64 bits

Is that sufficient?

  • Yes that was wonderful thank you. My dad has been getting on me to find this out. – Sam Mercier Apr 23 '11 at 16:58
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    lshw is an acronym for 'list hardware'. Together with the switch -html you can produce an static html-file, and put it to your favourites in the browser. Of course, in case of defect or new hardware, you need to update the file manually. – user unknown Apr 23 '11 at 17:05

Try hardinfo Install hardinfo.

Alternatively, you can install it from a terminal using the below command:

sudo apt-get install hardinfo

It hasn't been updated recently, but it works well still (except for finding system temperature), and is graphical.


I think Sysinfo is perfect for your need

To install it, type sudo apt-get install sysinfo in a terminal and press Enter.


You can use a program called "ailurus". Much like ubuntu tweak but also shows hardware information.

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    Can you add information about How to install "ailurus"? I didn't find it in Standard repository. – Anwar Jul 27 '12 at 8:32

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