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January 8, 2011 5:15:36 PM

if i have a laptop which has one stick of 4GB and 1GB each , making it 5GB, will i be able to install Win 7 64 bit on to it.?

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a b $ Windows 7
January 8, 2011 5:35:46 PM

As long as it has a 64-bit processor, yes. Whether there are Windows 7 drivers for your particular laptop is something that you will have to research.
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January 9, 2011 5:04:22 AM

Ijack said:
As long as it has a 64-bit processor, yes. Whether there are Windows 7 drivers for your particular laptop is something that you will have to research.

so memory RAM size is not an issue when installing 64 bit os?
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a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2011 7:51:55 AM

No. But it's best to have at least 2GB.
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January 9, 2011 12:04:37 PM

Ijack said:
No. But it's best to have at least 2GB.

how will a 64 bit windows os run only on 2 GB of RAM ?, :ouch: 
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a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 9, 2011 1:37:06 PM

Do you mean how will it perform? Not much different to a 32-bit install. It'll likely use a bit more memory with 32-bit apps, but if you have 64-bit versions it should use less.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2011 6:33:51 PM

does the RAM of 4+1 actually run in your unit.?
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a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2011 6:40:19 PM

I was kinda assuming that the m/b supported that combination, but it's a good question.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2011 6:43:51 PM

I run 4GB(2x2GB) in dual channel of course in my lappy..
I think that I have only a 4GB limit but even if I could run 8GB, I wouldn't have any need for that in a lappy..
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January 12, 2011 8:41:03 AM

verbalizer said:
I run 4GB(2x2GB) in dual channel of course in my lappy..
I think that I have only a 4GB limit but even if I could run 8GB, I wouldn't have any need for that in a lappy..

is it possible to have a 4GB(one sim)+1GB(second sim) RAM config in a laptop ?
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 8:45:18 AM

As long as the hardware is happy with how things are setup Windows 7 won't care how the memory is configured.
Have you checked your manual to see if that 4+1 combo is allowed?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 10:50:19 AM

capital_one said:
is it possible to have a 4GB(one sim)+1GB(second sim) RAM config in a laptop ?

if you have the RAM then try it and see...
If you unit has two RAM slots and then manual or web-site says it can handle up to 8GB then it can run the 5GB.
just 5GB is such and odd number and the way you have it 4+1 is just plain odd too..
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a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 10:53:31 AM

As long as the laptop supports the 4GB module the mixed size shouldn't be an issue.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:17:54 AM

^+1
basically what I was getting at...
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January 12, 2011 11:38:01 AM

verbalizer said:
if you have the RAM then try it and see...
If you unit has two RAM slots and then manual or web-site says it can handle up to 8GB then it can run the 5GB.
just 5GB is such and odd number and the way you have it 4+1 is just plain odd too..

the reason i am sticking to the figure of 4+1 is since that is the least figure i should have to run a 64 bit OS, least cost wise too.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:41:02 AM

no...
4GB(2x2GB) matching kit is all you need especially for starters...
the if need more (I doubt) then get an 8GB(2x4GB) kit (matching set).
that's how to do it the best way..

are both sticks the same as in specs or better even the exact same maker and specs.?
speaking of the 4+1 you posted about.
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January 12, 2011 11:46:20 AM

verbalizer said:
no...
4GB(2x2GB) matching kit is all you need especially for starters...
the if need more (I doubt) then get an 8GB(2x4GB) kit (matching set).
that's how to do it the best way..

ya same ddr3 and frequency , i need to know if 64 bit Win 7 will recognize the 4+1 combo and how much system memory will Win 7 show or report ?
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:46:38 AM

capital_one said:
4+1 is ... is the least figure i should have to run a 64 bit OS
How did you figure that out? It's just not true.
2GB will be enough for most people and 4GB is enough for even a heavy task load.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:49:25 AM

me personally wouldn't run 64-bit on 2GB of RAM..

if your RAM will work in that unit then win7 64-bit will use and show it..
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:50:24 AM

capital_one said:
i need to know if 64 bit Win 7 will recognize the 4+1 combo
Win7 doesn't care.
What matters if your laptop will handle it.
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January 12, 2011 11:50:46 AM

WR2 said:
How did you figure that out? It's just not true.
2GB will be enough for most people and 4GB is enough for even a heavy task load.

so you mean to say is that 64 bit will run even on 2 GB RAM
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:53:08 AM

yes it will install but I wouldn't say run optimally with only 2GB...

what's this units primary tasks, meaning your intended usage.?
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:53:58 AM

Absolutely.


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January 12, 2011 11:55:20 AM

^
that's the bare minimum...
and with only that it will run like an old dog's ass.. :sleep: 
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January 12, 2011 11:56:54 AM

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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:57:47 AM

do not run that unit with a minimal amount of RAM.
good-luck.
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:58:33 AM

verbalizer said:
^
that's the bare minimum...
and with only that it will run like an old dog's ass.. :sleep: 
Not true. I know that for a fact, since I'm running 64bit on 2GB right at this moment.
8GB RAM in a system with a slow CPU will lose every benchmark to a system with 2GB and a fast CPU.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 11:59:50 AM

good for you.
who said anything about a slow cpu.?
and depending on your usage 2GB might work.
for me, no way..
and I know that you can speed your unit up if needed..
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January 12, 2011 12:03:23 PM

verbalizer said:
^
that's the bare minimum...
and with only that it will run like an old dog's ass.. :sleep: 

ha ha that was funny

more so coz this one word a** gets so much used on this forum :lol: 
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 12:04:45 PM

sometimes it actually is used correctly, like in this case.... :D 
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January 12, 2011 12:08:52 PM

verbalizer said:
sometimes it actually is used correctly, like in this case.... :D 

ya rite , thanks for your input anyways :) 
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 12:10:08 PM

no problem, I stand firm on my belief about 64-bit and minimum requirements...
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 12:14:44 PM

verbalizer said:
no problem, I stand firm on my believe about 64-bit and minimum requirements...
You can easily test it out yourself. Just drop your system down to 2GB and do some benchmark testing.
You'll be surprised at the results.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 12:17:49 PM

no thanks bro....
I respect your candor in thus matter but I'm good with my 4GB in dual channel mode of course..
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a c 571 D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2011 12:29:38 PM

verbalizer said:
no thanks bro....
I respect your candor in thus matter but I'm good with my 4GB in dual channel mode of course..




If that piques your interest you can read more about what's going on 'under the hood' here.
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January 12, 2011 12:29:40 PM

Thread closed at OPs request. Ryan
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