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I was wondering if there is any way to put the memory over 3.25gb XP 32 bit doesn't recognize to use.
post #2 of 21
No
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Thank you for such a concise answer.
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Well, what else do you want him to say?

32-Bit Operating Systems are limited to around 3.25GB of RAM. It's a fact. There's no way around it. Vista 32-Bit will see 4GB, but it will not use it. XP will not see it, and it will not use it. It's a factor of a 32-Bit Operating System.

His "No" was a fine answer because it's a fact.
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post #5 of 21
Exactly. I think "no" encompassed all the possibilities here.
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how about

lol... no.. tried it myself. doesnt see it and doesnt recognize it, your better off just going 3gb. BUT unless you want to upgrade to 64bit in the future you can get 4gb
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I was serious, thanks for such a clear answer. There aren't very many questions where you get one of those.
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You could go to XP 64 Bit. that is what I am currently using. Its just as fast as XP32 bit and so far I have had no driver issues.
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post #9 of 21
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I have it and I tried it for a while. None of my software seemed to be compatible. Maybe when i get some newer software I'll go back.
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You sure can. You can try enabling PAE. I dont know how well it works, but here is everything you need. And to those who didnt even try to help in this thread, why did you have to be so short about a simple question? Would I use PAE, no, I would just run Vista 64, but that still doesnt mean I cant help the OP with his question.

There is a work-around for the 4Gb memory issue. Microsoft 's work-around is known as Physical Address Extension, or PAE. This is an option if your hardware supports PAE, and only works with 32 bit operating systems:
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 products.

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To boot the system and utilize PAE memory, the /PAE switch must be added to the corresponding entry in the Boot.ini file. If a problem should arise, Safe Mode may be used, which causes the system to boot using the normal kernel (support for only 4 GB of RAM) even if the /PAE switch is part of the Boot.ini file.
What PAE is:
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PAE - Physical Address Extension - is an Intel-provided memory address extension that enables processors to expand the number of bits that can be used to address physical memory from 32 bits to 36 bits, through support in the host operating system for applications using the Address Windowing Extensions (AWE) API.

Edited by ericeod - 12/16/08 at 3:44pm
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