[sf-lug] Creating a Linux Lab

Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
Mon Jul 2 12:00:22 PDT 2007

On Mon, 2007-07-02 at 11:18 -0700, Jeff Bragg wrote:
>         "None of the Dell Gx150 machines that were donated meet these
>         specs.
>         According to Dell documentation, they can only accommodate 512
>         MB of RAM. 
>         Ref: http://tinyurl.com/24b2sr
>         That said, I've never tried putting more in these machines, so
>         they may
>         unofficially accept more.
>         I do not know the status of other machines at the lab, but
>         Kami might. 
>         Also, please note the although there is a spare PCI slot
>         available, these
>         machines are "small form factor" and require a half-height aka
>         low-profile PCI card."
> Dells tend to be a little finicky in terms of RAM.  However, it's
> worth noting that I've worked mostly with newer models than this
> (GX2**, 5**, and 7** series).  In my experience, while they will
> probably accept and use memory upgrades (assuming they're not
> completely incompatible), they will most likely only use the amount
> and bus speed claimed as their limit.  That being said, they do seem
> forgiving about using what they can of the resources available to them
> even when those resources exceed their listed limits. 

I don't know if we want to push our luck with this one. If there's no
suitable machine we can go for the other option of individual installs.
Based on feedback from Sameer, we can always look at moving to something
like this in the future if there's a suitable machine available...

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