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whats goin on

is there something that can be done to make 32 bit vista more stable with 4 gigs? (other then get 64 bit)
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Service Pack 1 is now on windows update and includes all fixes for 4GB of ram.

I would cap your ram at 2GB or 3GB depending on how much can actually be accessed... Letting windows only have access to half a stick caused me stability problems in XP.
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32-Bit OS's don't even utilize all 4GB. Typically the AMD processors are the CPU's limited by how much memory is installed due to the fact that the memory controller is on the die itself. Memory controllers for Intel CPU's are located in the NB, therefore, increasing voltages to NB is a necessity when shooting for high clock speeds. Hopefully this sheds some light on your situation.
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yeah mos def, but I just want to clairify with murlock that service pack one for sure makes windows stable with 4 gigs?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
Service Pack 1 is now on windows update and includes all fixes for 4GB of ram.

I would cap your ram at 2GB or 3GB depending on how much can actually be accessed... Letting windows only have access to half a stick caused me stability problems in XP.
What you mean cap?
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post #6 of 12
Quote:
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yeah mos def, but I just want to clairify with murlock that service pack one for sure makes windows stable with 4 gigs?
Well you should have it installed even if it doesn't. But it includes update KB929777 with fixed many 4GB ram issues.

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What you mean cap?
You can use msconfig to cap your ram without actually removing it. For example, if you have 3.3GB shown in windows you should cap it to 3GB, and if you have 2.75GB shown you should cap it to 2GB.. assuming you have 1GB sticks. Reason being is that sometimes if windows can only access part of a ram stick it can cause instability. 32-bit really isnt ment to have that much ram.

I had major issues in XP with 4GB of ram until I capped it to 2GB (I had 2.25GB shown in windows before capping it)

If you have over 2GB of ram you should really think about getting 64-bit.
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btw this is before OCing...so will OCing make it even more stable? will giving more power make it more stable?
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i kno it wont run the full 4 gigs ever...but im talking about tweaks that make windows more stable. at least for now...
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post #9 of 12
Are you OCing your CPU or RAM? Increasing voltages is always going to increase stability, you just need to know how much is "Too Much"!
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everything is at a nice cool temp...

so from what i understand, increasing voltages in my NB and RAM will make 4 gigs more stable in a 32 bit system?
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