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Memory on Windows XP

By LedDragon
Jun 22, 2008
  1. I was wondering how much RAM Windows XP home 32-bit supports?
    At the moment I've got 1 GB, but I was thinking about increasing it to 2 or 3 GB.
     
  2. Garfield

    Garfield TS Rookie Posts: 18

    the OS will keep reading the memory as you add it but the main thing you need to check is how much memory you motherboard takes and what the bios support some times you need to flash the bios but is far as i know the OS will take what ever you give it the highest i've seen is 16GB of 800 Mhz
     
  3. LedDragon

    LedDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks for the response.
     
  4. Garfield

    Garfield TS Rookie Posts: 18

    no worries mate
     
  5. LedDragon

    LedDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. Garfield

    Garfield TS Rookie Posts: 18

    well 4 gb will take care of all the games but also graphics is a factor so remember that
     
  7. LedDragon

    LedDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I want to update my memory and my graphic card :)
    Is 4GB necessary or is 3 GB enough?
    I don't want to spend to much money if it isn't necessary :)
     
  8. Garfield

    Garfield TS Rookie Posts: 18

    lol na man 3GB is enough i have 2GB and 256md graphics and half-life 2 runs like a dream
     
  9. LedDragon

    LedDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks again, you've answered all my questions for the moment ^^
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    32 bit XP won't support 4GB anyway so that point (or idea) is moot. 2GB is the sweet spot, since it's necessary to modify XP with what's called the "3 gigabyte switch", to permit it to allow programs more than 2GB memory. 2 gigs goes a long way, especially with separate graphics memory.
     
  11. LedDragon

    LedDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok,thanks!
     
  12. What's the "three gigabyte switch" pse........?
     
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

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