There are many hardware components that determine the performance of your computer, and the amount of RAM your computer has is among them. The good news is that upgrading RAM is easy — you just need to know your computer’s maximum RAM capacity, and this article is here to help.
What Is RAM & Why Is It Important?
Random-access memory, or RAM for short, is the short-term memory of your computer. It’s used to temporarily store important data from the hard disk so that it can be quickly retrieved and processed.
Most computers today come with 8 GB to 32 GB of RAM, but adding more RAM is as simple as inserting an extra RAM stick into the corresponding slot on the motherboard.
Why would you want to do that? Because not having a sufficient amount of RAM can slow down your computer to a crawl, making applications painfully slow or even impossible to open.
But before you purchase more RAM, you should find your computer’s maximum RAM capacity, which is determined by three factors: the operating system, the motherboard, and the processor.
Find Maximum RAM Capacity On Windows
Determining the maximum RAM capacity on Windows is easy since all you need to do is run a single command in the Command Prompt:
- Open the Start menu, type “CMD”, to launch the Command Prompt.
- Enter the following command and press enter:
wmic memphysical get MaxCapacity, MemoryDevices
This was our output:
MaxCapacity is the maximum RAM capacity (in kilobytes) installable for your computer. Since 1 KB is equal to 0.000001 GB, we can see that the maximum computer RAM is 32 Gigabytes (GB).
MemoryDevices is the number of memory slots our motherboard is equipped with. Because we have four slots, we can install four 8 GB RAM sticks.
Find Maximum RAM Capacity On Mac
All newer Macs with Intel chipsets can theoretically address 256 terabytes of memory, but they don’t always make it possible for users to install additional memory sticks. Here’s how you can identify how many memory slots your Mac is equipped with and whether the slots are utilized:
- Click the Apple menu icon in the top-left corner and select “About This Mac”.
- Switch to the “Memory” tab for information about your RAM.
You should see an easy-to-understand visual representation of your memory slots and the memory modules installed in them.
If you have a Mac with Mac OS X Lion or older, you won’t see this visual representation, but you can still determine how many memory slots your Mac contains using System Profiler (/Applications/Utilities).
Find Maximum RAM Capacity On Linux
You can find the maximum RAM capacity in any Linux distribution using a tool called dmidecode. This tool allows you to dump your computer’s DMI table contents in a human-readable format. Since the DMI table contains information about the system’s hardware components, it can tell us everything we need to know about RAM capacity.
- Install “dmidecode” on your Linux distribution.
- Enter the following command to find out the maximum RAM capacity supported by your computer:
sudo dmidecode -t 16
This was our output:
As you can see, our system supports up to 129 GB of RAM and has 64 RAM slots (that’s because it’s a virtual machine).
It doesn’t take much effort to determine the maximum RAM capacity of a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, and you can use this information to plan your next hardware upgrade. With enough RAM, you won’t be experiencing annoying slowdowns, long boot times, and many other performance issues.
How To Make Your Twitter Account And Tweets Private
How to make your entire Twitter account private to the public and choose which of your followers can view your tweets.
Although influencers, celebrities, and businesses use their Twitter profiles to promote products, services, or even themselves, the popular social media platform is still built around a base of everyday users sharing the news and opinions they care about most.
If you’ve built a Twitter account with a follower list of close friends and family, you may be happy simply interacting with people you know, and uncomfortable with the idea of strangers being able to see your Tweets. In that case, you’re in luck, because it’s relatively simple to make your Twitter account completely private so that only your list of followers will be able to see what you’ve posted and who you’ve interacted with.
In addition to making your account private to non-followers, you’ll gain an extra layer of security, as you’ll also be able to manually approve which followers can see your posts. Here’s how to change the settings to make your Twitter account private:
- Go to the Twitter website.
- In the left tab, click More, then Settings and Privacy in the pop-up menu.
- Click the Privacy and Safety tab, followed by Audience and Tagging.
- Check the box next to Protect your Tweets.
- Click Protect to confirm your selection.
In the Privacy and Safety tab, you can find additional settings such as Discoverability, as well as manage who can send you direct messages, and more.
- Open the Twitter app.
- Tap the Settings menu in the top-right corner (gearwheel icon).
- Tap the back arrow to see the full settings menu.
- Tap Privacy and Safety and next, Audience and Tagging.
- Tap the slider to the right of Protect your Tweets, which will turn green.
- Finally, tap Done.
It’s worth pointing out that you may have to toggle a different tab in order to view the settings icon in the top right of the screen.
Also Read: How To Lock Your Facebook Profile
How To Approve New Twitter Followers
- On the left menu tab, click More, then click Follower Requests in the pop-up menu.
- Click Accept or Decline for each request.
- Tap your profile photo in the top-right corner, then tap Follower Requests.
- Tap the green tick or red cross for each request.
So there you have it, your Twitter profile is now private and only the followers that you choose can see your posting activity.