March 27th, 2005, 05:49 AM
Hi Undies, I have actually used the technique to violate a large corporate's BIOS/CMOS custom security
When playing with Old MoBo.. a **** load of mixed ram modules helps in fault finding..( but be careful if mixxing in a machine)
It would not let me replace a hardware device so I gave it a bit of a "shock" and it re-assessed itself, adding the new device...........yes...........I got it to accept a thumb drive as well
Errrr................nothing illegal, my mate's wife had got the machine from work when they were doing a hardware upgrade...........it just had custom BIOS that prevented new devices being added...........all I had to do was provoke it into looking at what was actually attached?
March 27th, 2005, 02:54 PM
Thanks guys. This has proven to be one of the more educational threads for me as of late.
I was expecting Redhat to at least run somewhat ok on 128mb because my impression thus had been that Linux was always an overall faster running OS, partly due to the fact that Linux folks are so sick of XP using up so much memory for nother reason than looking flashy. So that's why I was a little surprised when this box was still creeping. Anyway, I guess I should've expected as much since Redhat is one of the more "windowsish" distros (from what I understand anyway).
I eventually will be heeding gore's suggesting and rigging Slackware on one of these boxes...
So I hadn't thought of the differences between memory sticks, and I should have. For one thing, I have no way of telling bus speeds or even memory size on these older sticks because they're not marked, so I'm just kinda having to throw them in there and see what happens. So there is a way to mix unlike memory and get away with it eh?
Anyway, the input's been very helpful. I think I'm going to pull another 128mb out of a Win98 machine I have running over here and move it over to this Redhat one. That should help speed things up to an at least useable speed!
March 27th, 2005, 08:18 PM
It's running great now! I put in that other 128mb stick so I now have 256mb, and it's running nice and smooth. VICTORY!!!!
March 27th, 2005, 09:01 PM
The rules I give are general rules.. more as a fault finding guideline
Rule: Rules are made to be broken
Glad to hear things are working better
"Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr
March 27th, 2005, 11:27 PM
Yeh, motherboards have pretty strict rules that apply to the types of RAM that they can handle. Like for example, alot of mobo's that I'm seeing nowadays can take 2100, 2700, and 3200 Ram sticks, and have a max of 3 or 4 gigs, But have a maximum of 1 2700 or 3200 ram stick up to a gig. Weird stuff like that, and when your dealing with an older motherboard, your really kind of shooting in the dark...
March 28th, 2005, 03:48 PM
So is there anyway to figure out what such stats are on a memory stick if it isn't marked with a label giving the info?
March 28th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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