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Do i nedd 64 bit xp to run 4gb of ram ? ?


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rxkevco

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Hi all,
My cousin has just got a new quad core monster and has given me his old Dell Dimension for me to use as a DAW (digital audio workstation.

Its got a P4 3GHZ cpu and has 2 gig of ram in it, (4 x 512 ).
Apparently the MB will support up to 4gb of ram but my cousin told me i would have to run the pc with a 64 bit operating system for it to be recongnised in XP.

Dells website says that it will support 4gb and doesnt mention 64 bit OS at all, , but does have to say

" Your computer supports a maximum of 4 GB of memory when you use four 1-GB DIMMs. Current operating systems, such as Microsoft® Windows® XP, can only use a maximum of 4 GB of address space; however, the amount of memory available to the operating system is less than 4 GB. Certain components within the computer require address space in the 4-GB range. Any address space reserved for these components cannot be used by computer memory. "

Could someone please enlighten me a little please ? ?

Many thanks, kev
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You can use any amount of RAM in a 32 bit OS that your board will support, however the max that Windows will read (and use) is ~3.25 GB. If you want to utilize more after that you need to go to a 64 bit OS.
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So good old XP will run 3gb without anu problems, if mb supports, , , fantastic a 3ghz cpu and 3gig of ram will be more than enough for my humble recording needs.

Thankyou for your advice jt.
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No prob :)
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