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#1 kyle m

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:19 PM

i recently purchased a dell inspiron 1501 laptop. i upgraded it when i ordered it, to 1 GB of RAM and a dual core processor.

the processor is 64 bit, and i have been told that with windows xp, i can not take full advantage of that processor. is there something i can do to improve use of my processor, or is upgrading to vista my only option?

also, the process TrueVector Service is taking up a substantial amount of my physical RAM. i am pretty sure that this is a windows program, but am not sure if it is supposed to take up that much memory, or if i even need it.

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:24 PM

The TrueVector Service is part of the Zone Alarm firewall. dont get rid of it.

There is a 64 bit version of XP Pro, however that will only benefit you if you need more than 4 gig of ram. the max ram your laptop supports is 2 gig according to dell.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 07:25 PM

so basically the only thing possible is upgrading to vista?

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:02 PM

Upgrading to 32 bit vista may give you some extra bells and whistles, but it will probably slow down your machine. A 64 bit version of vista wont improve anything, either. Your machine wont hold enough ram to use 64 bit fully.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:46 PM

Really with Windows XP you wont notice much of a difference between a 64 bit processor and a regular old 32 bit one. But since it is a dual-core you will have a much faster clock speed, which will give you a bit of extra get-up and go. The only real difference in performance you will notice would be jobs involving, video editing/encoding. That is where the 64 bit processor truly shines.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:06 AM

There are 64 bit versions of XP and Vista - but the use of them will be limited by your hardware's driver support. If you don't have 64 bit drivers for all of your hardware, then you won't be able to use a 64 bit OS.

That being said, there's not a whole lot of benefit (IMO) in switching - you'll get the ability to do a bit more, but (especially with a laptop) you won't really have a need for it. I'd suggest that the most effective upgrade you could get for your laptop is another gig of RAM - but the value of this is limited because you just won't notice a great leap in performance with it either.

In the long run, the extra RAM will prevent your system from bogging down if too many processes are eating up your RAM. But there comes a point where all the extra RAM in the world doesn't do a durned thing - and this is because of other limiting factors with the resources of your PC (most commonly the resources that you'll face "limits" on is the RAM, CPU, video, hard drive, and Front Side Bus).
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