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  1. #1

    finding system specifications

    Dear all,

    I need to find out the RAM size as well as the graphics driver and the processor specifications of the laptop I use (currently, Linux Mint Julia is installed).

    I've tried to find the RAM size by having a look at the contents of the file


    however, I do not understand the information. The following are the contents of this file:

    HTML Code:
    MemTotal:        3987356 kB
    MemFree:         2924844 kB
    Buffers:           56592 kB
    Cached:           488824 kB
    SwapCached:            0 kB
    Active:           480024 kB
    Inactive:         393140 kB
    Active(anon):     334448 kB
    Inactive(anon):    74744 kB
    Active(file):     145576 kB
    Inactive(file):   318396 kB
    Unevictable:          16 kB
    Mlocked:              16 kB
    SwapTotal:       9936892 kB
    SwapFree:        9936892 kB
    Dirty:              8144 kB
    Writeback:           880 kB
    AnonPages:        327760 kB
    Mapped:            85804 kB
    Shmem:             81448 kB
    Slab:              45756 kB
    SReclaimable:      23256 kB
    SUnreclaim:        22500 kB
    KernelStack:        2544 kB
    PageTables:        18156 kB
    NFS_Unstable:          0 kB
    Bounce:                0 kB
    WritebackTmp:          0 kB
    CommitLimit:    11930568 kB
    Committed_AS:    1312888 kB
    VmallocTotal:   34359738367 kB
    VmallocUsed:      574736 kB
    VmallocChunk:   34359142716 kB
    HardwareCorrupted:     0 kB
    HugePages_Total:       0
    HugePages_Free:        0
    HugePages_Rsvd:        0
    HugePages_Surp:        0
    Hugepagesize:       2048 kB
    DirectMap4k:       11264 kB
    DirectMap2M:     4114432 kB
    Can you tell me from this information how big my RAM is? And how do I find out whether my processor is of 32-bit or 64 bit architecture?

    Thank you a lot,

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer docbop's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Woodshed, CA
    open a terminal and type free -h that will give the basic RAM in gigabytes and megabytes instead of kilobytes like you're getting above.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2013
    somebody is getting aquainted with linux the right way around. very good.

    the very first is your total ram:
    MemTotal: 3987356 kB

    that would be 4GB, does it jibe?

    you can try the command
    uname -m
    to get your architecture.

    is installed on most machines i think.

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  5. #4
    Linux Guru
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    Dec 2013
    Victoria, B.C. Canada
    Try 'sudo lshw' or 'sudo hwinfo'. If your system doesn't have one or the other installed you can use your package manager and install one of them. I believe, though I may be mistaken, on mint you can type 'sudo apt-get install lshw'. Wither command can tell you what you want to know.

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