gimme RAM

Dear Lazyweb, the machine running the DNA kiosks needs more RAM. (Running six copies of Firefox will do that.)

The mobo has three slots, and currently has one stick of 256MB PC-133. Yeah, that's old. That means you probably have a drawer full of this RAM lying around, because it doesn't work with your new motherboard, right? So give it to me. 3 sticks of 500MB would be nice, or bigger if you've got it.

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21 Responses:

  1. bifrosty2k says:

    I've managed to come across some 512MB PC-133 dimms, but the only problem is that a bunch of them are ECC Registered, which tends to mean they don't work in "normal" motherboards...
    I'm trying to get some out of my russki buddies, so I may have some for you.

  2. matrixhax0r says:

    I've had an old computer that I would love to stuff some more PC-133 into. However, last time I checked, that type RAM is insanely priced.

  3. blueberries says:

    PC-133 RAM is pretty expensive. You can buy it from the usual memory shops like MemoryX, or bid for it on eBay.

    I just checked on eBay and a "Buy It Now" price w/ shipping is $46.48 for a 512MB PC-133 stick. I'm sure if you look harder you can find it cheaper, maybe $25-$30.

  4. bitwise says:

    Have you checked how much RAM that motherboard supports? This is probably listed in the manual for the motherboard, or you might be able to use the listed spec for the chipset, though the two don't always agree. (Big-name PC manufacturers intentionally cripple their 'desktop' motherboards, so as to not cut into their 'server' sales.)

    • jwz says:

      I haven't. Which is why I'd rather someone just give me some junk RAM they're not using and try it, instead of going through the hassle of buying some and finding out that it doesn't actually work for some reason or another... (No, I don't know what kind of motherboard it is. It's hard to see without taking the whole damned thing apart. I'm looking for the easy path, here.)

      • bitwise says:

        I'm not sure if the limit is a hard maximum (say, 768MB) or a per-stick maximum (say, 256MB)-- if it's 256MB per stick, then a bunch of donated 512MB sticks might show up as 256MB. Or they might not work at all.

        If you post the results of /sbin/lspci, I could probably tell you what chipset you have.

        • jwz says:

          00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133] (rev 03)
          00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8363/8365 [KT133/KM133 AGP]
          00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
          00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586/B/686A/B PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
          00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 16)
          00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB (rev 16)
          00:07.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
          00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] (rev 78)
          01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage IIC AGP (rev 7a)

          • bitwise says:

            Looks like your chipset can support 1.5GB, so I think you have a good chance of 512MB sticks working.

          • kraptv says:

            At least so we get the Base Board information and the BIOS level?

            I have a bunch of RAM that I would be happy to send down.

            • jwz says:

              I don't have dmidecode.

            • jwz says:

              SMBIOS 2.2 present.
              DMI 2.2 present.
              45 structures occupying 1161 bytes.
              DMI table at 0x000F0800.
              Handle 0x0000
              DMI type 0, 19 bytes.
              BIOS Information Block
              Vendor: Award Software International, Inc.
              Version: 6.00 PG
              Release: 11/18/2000
              BIOS base: 0xE0000
              ROM size: 192K
              Capabilities:
              Flags: 0x000000007FCBDE90
              Handle 0x0001
              DMI type 1, 25 bytes.
              System Information Block
              Vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
              Product: VT8363
              Version:
              Serial Number:
              Handle 0x0002
              DMI type 2, 8 bytes.
              Board Information Block
              Vendor:
              Product: 8363-686A
              Version:
              Serial Number:
              Handle 0x0003
              DMI type 3, 13 bytes.
              Chassis Information Block
              Vendor:
              Chassis Type: Desktop
              Version:
              Serial Number:
              Asset Tag:
              Handle 0x0004
              DMI type 4, 32 bytes.
              Processor
              Socket Designation: Slot A
              Processor Type: Central Processor
              Processor Family: K5 Family
              Processor Manufacturer: AMD
              Processor Version: AMD Athlon(TM)
              Handle 0x0005
              DMI type 5, 24 bytes.
              Memory Controller
              Handle 0x0006
              DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
              Memory Bank
              Socket: BANK_0
              Banks: 0 1
              Speed: 60nS
              Type: DIMM SDRAM
              Installed Size: 256Mbyte
              Enabled Size: 256Mbyte
              Handle 0x0007
              DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
              Memory Bank
              Socket: BANK_1
              Banks: 2 3
              Speed: 60nS
              Type: UNKNOWN
              Installed Size: Not Installed
              Enabled Size: Not Installed
              Handle 0x0008
              DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
              Memory Bank
              Socket: BANK_2
              Banks: 4 5
              Speed: 60nS
              Type: UNKNOWN
              Installed Size: Not Installed
              Enabled Size: Not Installed
              Handle 0x0009
              DMI type 6, 12 bytes.
              Memory Bank
              Socket: BANK_3
              Banks: 6 7
              Speed: 60nS
              Type: UNKNOWN
              Installed Size: Not Installed
              Enabled Size: Not Installed
              Handle 0x000A
              DMI type 7, 19 bytes.
              Cache
              Socket: Internal Cache
              L1 Internal Cache: write-back
              L1 Cache Size: 32K
              L1 Cache Maximum: 32K
              L1 Cache Type: Synchronous
              Handle 0x000B
              DMI type 7, 19 bytes.
              Cache
              Socket: External Cache
              L2 External Cache: write-back
              L2 Cache Size: 2048K
              L2 Cache Maximum: 256K
              L2 Cache Type: Synchronous

              ...and a bunch of other stuff...

  5. wisedonkey says:

    I have two sticks of Kingston KVR133X64C3/512. Where shall I ship it?

  6. How well do your kiosks work with that setup?