x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by dcuste » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 04:18:35

This may be a simple question but it is coming from a novice.

What is the correct type of memory to buy and how much will my system support?

The Processor is an x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel -930 Mhz
Bios Version IBM BIOS Ver PIK36.0
System model 6578RAU

I purchased a new operating system upgrade and need 512 MB and currently have
128 MB. Am I going to be able to increase my memory enough?

x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by Mistoffole » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 09:41:34

The answer is usually found in the manual for the motherboard. And
as for enough memory, what operating system? For Windows XP, 512 MB
is probably an acceptable minimum for it to be really usable. As for
the type of memory, it is going to be at least PC133 due to the 133
MHz FSB speed that is needed by the 930 MHz CPU.


x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by dcuster vi » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:35:12

I do not have the manual for the motherboard. I bought the computer from
someone who rebuilds and resells from their home. How else might I find this
information? Is there usually information printed on the motherboard that
will allow me to look the information up online or through the manufacturer.

Thank you for the response, I appreciate the help


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x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by GHallec » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 15:36:49

It's an IBM machine. First hit on Google ---


You might want to shop around to Corsair, Kingston, etc., for pricing.

x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by Benjamin G » Mon, 16 Jul 2007 23:15:56

* dcuster via HWKB.com:

It's not only written on the mobo, even better, it's also written on the
computer case itself! There are three letters ("I", "B" and "M") which
designate the system manufacturer. When further looking on the case you
will find a small plate containing the model number (6578-RAU, the same
you already posted).

It should be easy to go to the manufacturers homepage now, enter the
model number in the appropriate search field, and download all the
manuals for this system. And yes, they are there.

If it's just for memory you can alternatively just go to www.crucial.com
or www.kingston.com, select your computer make and model and get memory
that is guranteed to be compatible with your system.


x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by Bill David » Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:27:59

There's a secret way to identify memory... take out the existing memory
and see what kind it is. Then get more of that general type but larger.

Hint for problem avoidance: even if you can plug in more memory in
unused slots, I suggest not mixing memory sizes. Most of the time it
works fine, but memory is cheap, time is not, and debugging intermittent
problems is frustrating at best, since you are never sure you fixed it.
And you don't want a system which "usually works."

Free advice is worth what you pay, but I have seen enough "ought to
work" mixed memory stories to suggest caution.

Bill Davidsen
He was a full-time professional cat, not some moonlighting
ferret or weasel. He knew about these things.

x86 Family 6 Model 8 memory

Post by General Sc » Tue, 17 Jul 2007 22:38:11

That's a PIII, it uses PC133 SDRAM. A 930MHz system can hold up to 1K. If
you boot the machine into the BIOS it will probably tell you if it is
using ECC RAM or not.