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    Smile Computer Stats

    Sorry about what is probably a simple question........ In Windows (boo, hiss) you can right click on "Computer" or something and get your computer's vital statistics - not 36,24,36 guys. no, the amount of RAM installed, speed of CPU etc. I'm sure there must be a way to find this out in Ubuntu - how? (I could do to know as this PC is painfully slow at times and I have suspicion it's a bit low on the hardware front).

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    Re: Computer Stats

    Not sure about latest versions of pure Ubuntu but in Mint with the Mate desktop you can get this information under System Administration>>System Information.

    What's with the "Boo, Hiss"? Are you unsure about your selection of Linux and somehow feel a need to justify? Lots of us are quite comfortable about using both.

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    Re: Computer Stats

    If you are using 12.04 with the Unity desktop, go to the Dash and search for System Monitor. Should give you what you are looking for.

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    Re: Computer Stats

    +1 for system monitor.
    I also install system profile and benchmark, so as to see a more enriched outlook of the system as a whole.
    You can also install conky.
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    Re: Computer Stats

    And if you want every last detail of the hardware, use the terminal command
    Code:
    sudo lshw -html > hw.html
    and then open that hw.html file in your web browser, eg firefox.
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    Re: Computer Stats

    Beware as you're looking at stats, not all GB's are created equal.

    For example, when I pull up my system specs in Ubuntu, I see that my machine has 5.7 GiB of RAM. My machine was marketed as having 6 GB. My initial reaction was that part of my memory was defective (on a brand new machine) or Ubuntu wasn't using all of my RAM.

    That little i in the middle is important. A kB sometimes means 1000 Bytes and sometimes means 1024 Bytes. In larger units, things become more ambiguous. MB could mean 1024 kB or 1000 kB (1,048,576 or 1,024,000 or 1,000 Bytes). GB could mean 1024 MB or 1000MB (1,073,741,824 or 1,048,576,000 or 1,024,000,000 or 1,000,000,000 Bytes). Whenever the abbreviation has the i, then it's a power of 1024. 1 GiB = 1024 MiB = 1,048,576 kiB = 1,073,741,824 Bytes.

    So, whenever Ubuntu gives your specs in GiB, it's just being more precise (and probably more honest) about your hardware.
    Last edited by newb85; November 12th, 2012 at 04:17 AM.
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    Re: Computer Stats

    Thanks for all your help - sorted! As for Windows....I just get a bit tired of Microsoft's continued efforts to get everyone to use their products. I guess it is in their commercial interests to do so but it still doesn't stop me getting hacked off. And as Linux is "open" and there are sites like this I've always found it a damn sight easier to get assistance with Linux than Windows - and it's FREE !

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    Re: Computer Stats

    very detailed info can be found out from cat'ing proc. so example would be

    cat /proc/meminfo

    or

    cat /proc/cpuinfo

    gives a lot of info

    top is a really good command as well.
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    Re: Computer Stats

    On my system (Ubuntu 12.04), those files do not exist. However, I can get good information from

    Code:
    cat /proc/meminfo
    and
    Code:
    cat /proc/cpuinfo
    (sudo isn't really necessary to read from files in the /proc directory.)
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    Re: Computer Stats

    I know this is marked as solved, but here is a bit of info that is good for reassurance about Linux RAM usage.

    http://www.linuxatemyram.com/
    Michael

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