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I have 8 gigs in ram xp cant recognize

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October 2, 2009 9:10:22 PM

Hi there!
I'm using a Gigabyte mother board with cuad core and 8 gigs ram but xp just recognize 4gigs, could you help me?

I'd like to work with the 8 gigs.

Thanks in advance

Vick

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October 3, 2009 2:01:05 AM

32-bit Windows XP will only recognize a maximum of 3.25GBs of RAM out of 4GBs, perhaps as much as 4GBs with 8GBs, but no more than that.

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October 3, 2009 3:05:55 AM

32bit operating systems can't support more then 4GB (its usually around 3.5 to be more exact)...you will need 64bit to support 8GB, however getting a 64 bit operating system will also require 64bit hardware.
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October 3, 2009 3:27:42 AM

You need to use a 64-bit OS (or an OS with PAT like windows server) to use all that RAM. You need to be using the X64 version of XP or 64-bit Vista. With 32-bit XP you can only use less than 4GB.
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October 3, 2009 3:44:00 AM

As said,u will need a 64bit OS to read more than 4gb of system memory.

Remember, system memory means Ram, GPU, Sound. Lan etc. They all count.

Id choose W7 as a Windoze OS. XP64 just never took off. You will find drivers impossible to find.

64bit h/ware is not an issue. If you have a Mobo that can support 8Gb, you will have 64bit compatible h.ware.

Remember, most windows software is only 32bit. So games for example wont be able to make use of any more than ~4gb anyway.
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October 3, 2009 4:00:49 AM

I was getting confused here - never really considered 64-bit hardware!
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October 3, 2009 5:06:25 AM

Mongox said:
I was getting confused here - never really considered 64-bit hardware!

You have 64bit hardware. You need 64 bit Windows.
Oopsie you arent the op ......I need to read better. :whistle: 
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October 3, 2009 12:22:45 PM

Mongox said:
32-bit Windows XP will only recognize a maximum of 3.25GBs of RAM out of 4GBs, perhaps as much as 4GBs with 8GBs, but no more than that.


3.25 is just an average number. It can be higher than that. Whatever the number is, it won't get higher just because you install more than 4GB RAM.
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October 3, 2009 1:44:00 PM

Well, can't say I've had access to a Windows XP x86 computer with 8GBs of RAM, so can't speak from personal experience!!

I think the maximum is actually 3072 + 384 or 3 & 3/8s GBs of RAM.

The discussion of 64-bit hardware rather amused me since it's not related to the issue of the Windows version really.

I get the feeling the original poster isn't gonna come back to this one...
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October 3, 2009 2:08:46 PM

Since XP/SP2 maximum is 4GB minus the area reserved for MMIO.
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October 3, 2009 3:30:34 PM

Ya know, the more I think about it, the less I'm satisfied with this idea of 32-bit Windows "using" the excess of the 4GBs for internal processes.

When I up the amount of memory my onboard video card uses, it takes it from the 3.25GBs that's delivered to Windows - so that Windows shows only 3GBs or less available. If Windows is the culprit, why does the BIOS steal from the Windows portion of the RAM?

And why doesn't Windows steal from 2GBs of RAM? You put 2GBs in, you get 2GBs.

I think Windows is just tossing this extra RAM out in the trash bin...
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