I have an '08 Compaq desktop that came with 32 bit Vista and 2 gb of ram. I replaced Vista with Linux Mint 13 (not dual boot). Now, the Compaq specs say that the mobo can take up to 4 gb of ram, but that 32 bit Vista won't see all of that; how much of 4 gb would 32 bit Linux use?
Reason for asking; if it's only going to be able to use like 3 gb out of 4 gb of ram, it would be cheaper for me to buy a 1 gb stick of ram instead of 2 gb (I'd be adding whatever I buy to the 2 gb that's already in there). Thanks!
Thanks, guys. I did more research, and you are both correct; both cpu and mobo are 64 bit...so my next step is installing 4 gb of ram and also installing 64 bit Linux....since I'm going that far, I think I'm going to install it on a nice new hard drive as well.