Hey guys, im a newbie so pardon if this is a dumb question...after doing research on the net ive found a few different answers..
I just purchased all the parts to put together a new desktop setup, which im pretty damn excited about even though its nothing too special..
I plan on installing XP 32 bit and previously read that windows XP 32 bit can recognize up to 4 GB of ram. So I purchased a new motherboard and 2 X 2GB sticks of ram. Now im crusing around again tonight and read somewhere that win XP 32 bit cannot recognize that much ram. Whats going on here? Did i get too much ram?
I'm getting ready to upgrade as well and got xp32 was going to use 2x2gb also I don't care about the loss of memory till I go to windows7. My worry is OS not operating right as in sticking something in missing address space and not being able to retrieve it. Do I have to worry or will I be only missing some of my memory without having to worry about the OS not operating right?
Heck, even with 3+GB of RAM, XP has WAAAAAAY more than it needs...you should get great performance with little to no paging. If I were you, I'd set my page file to 512MB or 1GB min/max (so that its not being resized) and enjoy your speed.
Thanks for the replies wasn't to sure how that worked, I don't mind loosing a little at least that way I'll have max memory for my OS. They make such big deal out of it I guess you wouldn't want to go over 4GB of ram for sure, but at least at 4 your getting max ram thats cool in my book.
For those of you guys actually getting 6+ MB of ram, is it actually noticeable? Ive had 1GB max my whole life and thought that was pretty quick. 2, I would imagine, would be mindblowing fast. I feel like the higher you go up it would be harder to notice? Then again, im pretty computer illiterate.