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post #1 of 51
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I remember hearing that the main reason for getting a 64-bit operating system is for larger ram quantities. I am curious as to if 4gb will not be utilized properly by 32-bit Windows Vista.

Any insight?
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post #2 of 51
Inproperly isn't the right word. The OS will only read around 3.25GB but it will utilize that memory properly, the remaining ~0.75GB will simply not be used.
    
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post #3 of 51
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Hmm, well that's no fun. I suppose I could move up to 64-bit; I get 'em for free from my tech school anyway.

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post #4 of 51
i thought it could read up to a total of 4gb of memory but that includes video. So if you have a 512meg card the os will only use 3.5gb of system ram.
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post #5 of 51
You'ld be only utilizing ~3.5GB with Windows 32-Bit.. not bad, huh?
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I was really surprised when I plugged in my 4 - 1GB sticks and this was what I ended up with.

Attachment 68040

Edit.....it definitely is not worth the trouble and the hype just doesn't live up to it. I will probably put it back to 2x1024 and save the other 2 sticks for another computer.
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post #7 of 51
why does mine say it's only reading 2.5gb of ram ? when i have 4gb
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post #8 of 51
@ jph1589 & carl25: Check BIOS settings.
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post #9 of 51
Because you have 32 bit windows
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post #10 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by SZayat View Post
@ jph1589 & carl25: Check BIOS settings.
Check them for what?
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