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#1 rajjaak24

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

As far as I know I have a 32bit laptop in windows 7 I never got an indication that I'm on a 64bit machine. Here is a screenshot:
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Am I missing out on anything?

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:04 PM

Your processor has 64-bit support, but runs 32-bit programs and OSes perfectly.

http://ark.intel.com/products/36681/Intel-Celeron-Processor-585-1M-Cache-2_16-GHz-667-MHz-FSB

So what your seeing is perfectly normal.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

quote- Am I missing out on anything?



simple answer is no!,your missing out on more by only having 1gig of ram

Edited by caperjac, 16 November 2012 - 04:32 PM.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:35 AM

So if I wanted to install 64bit OS I'd need more ram?
Thanks for the help

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

What caperjac meant was that 32-bit is perfectly fine, but that your computer would run much better with more memory. 1GB is really low.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

You don't need a 64-bit OS unless you've installed more than 4GB of RAM (32-bit OS only sees 3.5GB). I have a Frankenputer that I've alternately swapped out hardware and upgraded the OS to evolve it from a 16MB P1 Win95 box to a 2GB Athlon Win8 machine. Win8 32-bit runs just fine on my 2GB 64-bit motherboard, AND it's compatible with ancient XP 32-bit device drivers.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:13 PM

If you have lots of free space you could increase your Virtual Memory by several Gigabytes.

Use the same number in both text areas.

See screenshot:

http://oi49.tinypic.com/ab87.jpg



I raised mine to 8GBS.

No problems.I still have 450GBS free space.

Everything works fine except uploading files to Gmail.

Maybe Google & Microsoft have bugs in their butts over money issues.?

Who knows???:blink:



As far as I know I have a 32bit laptop in windows 7 I never got an indication that I'm on a 64bit machine. Here is a screenshot:
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Am I missing out on anything?


Learn to take screenshots & add them to your posts. :thumbup2:

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:04 PM

If you have lots of free space you could increase your Virtual Memory by several Gigabytes.

Unfortunately a massive increase in virtual memory (swapfile) allocation will not achieve anything worthwhile. The default setting can already allocate any amount of swap space Windows wants. However since swapfile virtual memory is many many times slower than RAM, Windows knows vast amounts of it gives no benefit. In fact, if anything, utilizing and managing a monster swapfile would just slow things down. What is actually needed is sufficient RAM to free Windows as much as possible from needing to use the swapfile at all.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

I only have 3 gig of ram and a 320 gig hdd, and I turned mine off about a month ago ,with no ill affects ,I only use my computer for surfing and downloading a bit,not a gamer or any other high ram usage programs ,so im ok

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

Your probably not using it heavily. When memory is swapped to your hard drive using virtual memory, it brings your computer to a crawl. There really is no substitue to physical memory installed on a computer. With even the lowest speed CPUs commonly installed in computers still being very fast, memory is one of the, if not the, most important factor to computer performance.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:52 PM

What about the hard drive? or the motherboard?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:19 AM

If you are a speed freak and want to get the best possible performance, then yes, motherboard and hard drives can make a difference. To most people, though, they wont notice the difference between a performance motherboard and a standard one.

Memory is still hands down the king when it comes to better performance.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:52 PM

If you are a speed freak and want to get the best possible performance, then yes, motherboard and hard drives can make a difference. To most people, though, they wont notice the difference between a performance motherboard and a standard one.

Memory is still hands down the king when it comes to better performance.



agree 100% ,I have a, WD 80gig 10000 rpm[also have a 15000 rpm scsi running winxp in a old dell and im sure it makes some difference ,but not much for general use ] hdd loaded with win7 ,I through in this computer from time to time[take out the 320 gig 7200 ] and I don't notice any real big speed difference ,but if I take one of the 3 ,1 gig sticks of ram out I notice the difference right away ,on little tings like opening program and internet sites loading

Edited by caperjac, 27 November 2012 - 04:54 PM.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:23 AM

Yeah just add more RAM and you'll have an airplane in your hand! :)




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