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one of my computers has 8gb RAM with winXP 32bit & all seems well.

mobo manual (asus crosshair 4 f) sez 3gb RAM max w/32bit OS.

leave it @ 8...or remove some?
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Get a new OS.
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Hey beers leave some answers for us others
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Yeah get a new OS, 32bit XP only supports up to 3GB of RAM, the motherboard supports more.
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post #5 of 16
Yep, you won't see more than 3GB available under any 32 bit OS. It's the limit to it. Either sell half your memory, or get a 64 bit OS.
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4GB is the limit for system ram on a 32bit os. Though VRAM takes up part of that.

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post #7 of 16
In my experience, it's generally ~3.25GB that will often be usable (the rest is lost due to addressing reservation space and perhaps other stuff), but it can vary up or down some depending on the configuration. Windows should tell you how much it is "detecting" in the System Properties.

I'd honestly get a new OS. Windows XP and 32-bit are time to be retired on newer setups. If it's got 8GB RAM, it either has no business having a 32-bit OS, or it has no business having as much RAM. So, if you won't be doing that, drop down to 4GB RAM and do whatever with the rest. It's being wasted sitting there doing nothing. You're already going to lose some with 4GB as it is, but as I imagine these are four 2GB modules, there's no harm in having 4GB.
post #8 of 16
Is there any possibility of you getting a 64 bit OS? That is the only thing preventing you from being able to use all 8gb.
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ok, so i'll remove some.
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Yep, you won't see more than 3GB available under any 32 bit OS. It's the limit to it. Either sell half your memory, or get a 64 bit OS.
Not true at all. You can see around 3.4-3.5GB on XP 32-bit depending on the hardware.

On 32-bit OS that support PAE, you can see 64GB (i.e. Windows Server 2003 32-bit).
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...(v=vs.85).aspx

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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
4GB is the limit for system ram on a 32bit os. Though VRAM takes up part of that.

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VRAM does not directly take up the system memory addresses. I/O mapping for devices does though.
Edited by DuckieHo - 11/4/11 at 2:11pm
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