Windows XP memory

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  1. THE GFP

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    ive got XP with all the lates updates

    i was running 4 x 1bg of 5300 non ecc dimm (rendition)

    but am having issues and now im trying to see if the memory is the problem
    my question.....

    what is the maximum memory XP can use?

    is my 4 x 1bg ddr 2 too much?

    if it was too much what would happen?

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  2. cosmicblue

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    You can never have too much memory - all you can do is waste money buying what you may not need though 4 x1Gb sticks is enough for most folks this side of a server application in the real world.

    In a 32 bit version of XP your PC will actually only be able to use about 3.5gb of the memory - that's a limitation of the 32 bit operating system, not the memory memory you have installed.

    64 bit operating systems (there is a 64bit version of XP) can address more than 4gb if installed with a compatible motherboard.

    Perhaps we should ask what kind of problems you are experiencing to prompt your post?
     
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    after the latest xp update IN EARLY DECEMBER my pc keeps freezing

    the mouse still works and the keyboard lights come on and off but none of the windows are movable, i cant go between windows, short cuts dont work and no matter what i click on they do nothing and the keyboard dont work and i have to hard reset the pc

    ive reinstalled xp and even during the updates it kept freezing

    after a 4th attempt i managed to format and re install xp and add no other progs

    it happend again after 5 mins then after 45 mins so is unpredictable

    has the latest xp updates caused any issues with this?

    also my win avi 6.3 stopped working too and kept comming up with "major dll error" and "floating point by zero" problem even after a fresh install this keeps happening

    any ideas?

    amd 64 4200, 4gb memory, 2 x 500gb sata

    this all worked 100% until the latest xp updates

    i thought it was my graphics card drivers so have removed the card and still does it

    upodated winavi to 8.0 (paid for) and still does it

    installed and uninstalled dvd shrink and still does it

    installed and uninstalled nero 6 & 8 and no joy

    after i hard reset it the pc will not boot and will stay on the xp screen with the horizontal bar moving left to right, other times it might say disc read error

    ive no removed 3 of the 1gb sticks and converted 4 episodes and its still working fine

    i also thought it was getting too hot

    i noticed the more stuff i run the wuicker it would hang

    ive had azureus, convertxtodvd & the internet all runing for 3 hours with no issues

    so could it be too much or a damaged stick?

    all help appreciated
     
  4. majorwedgy

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    I have a very similar problem to yourself and I am running an A64X2 and 2gb of ddr2 ram. I was running my system overclocked on both the memory, timings and processor. I have found that dropping the memory timings and the processor clock to its original settings. Also what cooling are you running?
     
  5. cosmicblue

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    Mmmm nasty,

    It is hard to diagnose these things remotely, that Disk error message you have got might be an indicator of an impending hard disk failure - failure to boot, hanging and all those unpredictable events do point towards something pretty terminal - you may well have a faulty hard-disk. Other nasty hard to diagnose fault arise from a PSU which is on the edge of its capability/about to fail. Did you add any new bits of hardware back in December - another hard drive or a video card perhaps?

    On an AMD64 system running under XP you do need to install the AMD processor driver too - it isn't part of XP (as in on the MS CD) http://www.amd.com/gb-uk/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_871_9706,00.html I have been caught in the past by not having the processor driver installed.
     
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    nope not over clocking at all its all as it was out of the box

    i had an amd 2600 before this and over clocked that to 3000
     
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    im using my original xp disc that i got back in 2004 so i doubt it has the AMD drivers you mention

    ive never herd of it either

    by not having it would that cause my issues

    i removed 3 of the 1gb sticks at 5pm saturday and the pc has been on constantly downloading, burning, surfing, playing and not a single twinge of an issue again!

    so it might have been a dodgy memory stick

    then again it ran for 3 days perfectly last week then went again

    ill get that driver installed now

    thatns for both your helps
     
  8. Palooka

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    For memory testing specifically (heavyweight test), see http://www.memtest.org

    For general diagnostic issues you might like to try the free version of SiSoft Sandra.

    Steve Gibson used to be the man for serious disk checking, but I haven't looked at his stuff lately, and I'm not sure what (if anything) is available for free. Google his name or Gibson Research.

    Good luck!
    Palooka
     

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