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can I expand my windows vista 32 bit PC beyond 4GB memory?


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#1 greatdeals_007

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:54 AM

I have an HP a6109n PC that is currently running Vista 32-bit 4GB of memory now.  I heard there is a 4GB limit and wondering

if it would help to expand the memory, how to do it with Vista 32-bit and if i will see any noticeable difference?

 

HP a6109n specs

Maximum allowed       8 GB (4 x 2 GB) (64-bit OS)
                                  4 GB* (4 x 1 GB) (32-bit OS)

 

Speed supported PC2-5300 MB/sec Type 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM

 

 

 



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

Well...you can install more RAM if that makes your day...but the 4GB limit is the max ANY 32-bit Windows version will recognize/employ.

 

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 12:23 PM

A 32-bit Windows operating system has a Address Space which is 4GB in size.  This space has other memory allocations other than RAM.  Other critical functions include the system BIOS, motherboard resources, and memory mapped for I/O, PCI, PCI-E, and other PCI devices (cards).  Because of this a 32-bit operating system typically will only recognize between 3.3GB and 3.5GB of RAM.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

so if it's a OS limitation then what if I dual boot to say windows 7, 8 or vista 64 bit?  would I be able to realize the benefits of 8GB+ then?



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:55 PM

Yes.

 

As one who has 8GB installed...I really fail to see the benefits of 8 versus 4 for what I do.  Statistically, the system may run a bit better but not to the extent that I can detect it.

 

I suggest that you do some research on RAM utilization before making a decision that increased RAM will be a benefit to you.

 

As a start...Who Needs 8GB? .

 

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Edited by hamluis, 09 February 2014 - 04:59 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:38 PM

What are you using it for? If you do a lot of RAM intensive things then that MIGHT be the way to go. Gaming you need better graphics card. Videos you need better CPU (And will Windows 7/8 64-bit even run on a 32-bit CPU?). Consider this before doing anything.


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