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#1 repairman

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 06:16 PM

I have an emachine etower 500is, which has the 256 mb memory max.. I need to know if I can take another hard drive and use it for memory, like virtual memory.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:25 PM

Are you getting an error stating you are out of virtual memory? Is your hard drive full already? Lastly what operating system are you using?

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:41 PM

No I'm just trying to get some more memory where I don't have to get another motherboard. I'm thinking about upgrading to windows vista and it says that I need 512 mb of memory. I'm also on a fixed income.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:43 PM

Having more virtual memory wont help. Windows vista will kill that computer. ( Not literaly but it wont run well at all) What is your reason for upgrading your operating system?

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:59 PM

I figured that microsoft is not going to support xp anymore so why not change.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:09 PM

They will continue to support XP for awhile you shouldn't need to worry for atleast a year or two. This article says you have untill after 2009 or so. Vista is still new and buggy they won't obsolete XP for awhile. They didn't end support for windows 98 untill 2006 and thats after ME, and 2000 were released.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:17 PM

The bottom line here is that your need more RAM, virtual memory is a back up to the RAM when it gets drawn thin by demanding applications and this comes from the hdd. Because of the lack of speed of the hdd comparatively, it will slow down at these times. XP doesn't really begin to work right until you add at least 512MB of RAM, most people think that 1GB of RAM is needed. Microsoft is suggesting that you have at least 1GB of RAM to run Vista, but these are the same people that told us that XP would run on 256MB of RAM. The general consensus at the moment is to go with 2GB of RAM for Vista.

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Posted 17 May 2008 - 08:26 PM

Great I can breath a little easier at least for awhile. Thanks a Lot.




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