[dba-Tech] How RAM slots are numbered

Jim Lawrence accessd at shaw.ca
Tue Jan 3 09:03:53 CST 2012

Barring checking the motherboard there are a host of memory testing software
packages out there and some show the motherboard layout. Apps like Memtest86
and even Windows has an app that you can download, Windows Memory
Diagnostic; http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp.

They will require a boot CDROM be created. In their test process a layout
can be generated.

A rule of thumb that seems to work, is that memory sticks are lined up
towards the CPU. Number one is further away and they increment higher as
they are closer...sort of an unwritten industry standard.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Arthur Fuller
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 5:02 AM
To: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] How RAM slots are numbered

Thanks. I'll give that a try.

On Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM, Jon Tydda <jon at tydda.plus.com> wrote:

> Look up your motherboard on google, the manufacturers website will usually
> have the manuals online and you'll be a to zoom into the diagrams to see
> which slot is which.
> Jon
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