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More Ram = Slower Boot/ Program Load Times?

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March 11, 2009 12:59:37 AM

Hey everyone,

I am running Win Xp Pro 32 bit on a custom machine. I pulled out my 2 1 GB of DDR2 800 Ram and added 2 2GB sticks of DDR2 800 Ram and the boot time as well as some programs seem to load slower. I have a 512mb video card and I think XP is using another .3 gb of ram because CPU-Z is showing 3.2, which was around what I expected it to show. Would putting in the Old ram help, or am I just being paranoid. Thanks and let me know if you need a DXDIAG.
March 11, 2009 8:52:59 AM

In general the more the memory per module, the more is the latency of the ram, but this will not make the system very much slow, indeed a 0.5 % slow for the programs which can also run in the previous memory configuration very fine and will be much faster for the programs which need a lot of memory which was inadequate for the previous memory configuration

I think the problem with your system is the Operating System, Windows Xp 32 bit. Windows Xp 32 bit has a problem in handling 4Gb of memory

try to shift to a 64 bit Operating System or remove a 2 GB stick and replace with a 1 GB previous stick so that, you have a 3GB of memory
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March 11, 2009 1:24:43 PM

Unless you have "Quick memory test" turned on in the BIOS or standard memory test turned OFF, boot times [/b]will[/b] be longer. But more memory should give you a more responsive system.

You can always test the memory if you suspect a problem.
March 11, 2009 1:45:02 PM

Are you sure that CPU_Z is showing 3.2 Gb of ram?
It should be exact how much you have installed ! The POST and the Task Manager must show 3.2...