How to get the SPD infomation in freebsd ?
C. P. Ghost
cpghost at cordula.ws
Tue Jun 29 16:00:49 UTC 2010
On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 7:51 AM, Matthew Seaman
<m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:
> On 29/06/2010 03:29:04, zaxis wrote:
>> In windows, the `CPU-Z` utility can be used to get the SPD(Serial Presence
>> Detect) information. How about freebsd ? I want to get those information
>> especially frequency to add more memory. And i donot want to touch the
> Try dmidecode(8) -- it's in ports. This will tell you quite a bit of
> information about what type of RAM you have installed, but it may be
> more productive to look up the Motherboard model numbers it returns, and
> find compatible RAM that way.
dmidecode(8) is better than nothing, but it doesn't return SPD data for me:
Handle 0x002B, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Array Handle: 0x0029
Error Information Handle: Not Provided
Total Width: 64 bits
Data Width: 72 bits
Size: 2048 MB
Form Factor: DIMM
Bank Locator: BANK0
Type Detail: Synchronous
Speed: 400 MHz
Serial Number: SerNum0
Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
Part Number: PartNum0
(Maybe those DIMMS aren't SPD capable? I don't know).
dmidecode(8) reads only BIOS data, but not the eeprom from
the DRAM modules themselves. The same page also points
OpenBSD's spdmem(4) driver could be interesting to port to FreeBSD:
as it allegedly reads the eeprom data directly off the DIMM modules.
> Even so, for best results it helps if you install a uniform set of RAM
> modules, and I don't think there's any option other than popping the
> case and pulling a RAM stick for a visual inspection if you want a 100%
> certain match.
I've already seen mislabled DIMMS in the past, and usually, the
information stored in SPD was more reliable than the one on the
stickers (but not always).
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