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Windows 7: How much Ram?

09 Feb 2015   #1
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
How much Ram?

I recently discovered why I kept having display driver failures. It turned out to be bad ram. I had boosted my ram a few years ago from 3GB to 8GB, maxing out my Gateway/Athlon dual core PC. I removed the replacement ram (Kingston ValuRam) and put back in the ram that came with the computer. Suddenly no more DDF's! I can play solitaire and Mahjong again.However, I now have only 3GB ram, which is not enough to run 64bit stuff. My W7 is 64 bit. It's running fine, and for what I do with this rig, it may be enough. All I use it for is internet, gaming is limited to the above-mentioned, not exactly CPU-hogging stuff.
So my question is, should I leave well-enough alone, or should I try to figure out which of the replacement ram sticks was bad, thus getting my rig back up at least to 4GB, and thus 64bit capable?

Thanks, Mike


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09 Feb 2015   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

No Mike
When you buy ram, you replace them all.
The above is fact
Now opinion
Ram is cheap enough, buy more to have your computer operate the way it should.
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09 Feb 2015   #3
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you, Rich. Are you saying I should not mix the two different rams? They are both Kingston, but may not be exactly the same. The original ram was two 1GB sticks, plus two .5GB sticks, giving me a total of 3GB. That's what I put back in now, and computer is working fine. I was thinking of replacing one of the 1GB original sticks with one of the replacement valuram 2GB sticks, and see if things were still good. then I'd have 4GB, making it 64bit capable. If that is not kosher, I was thinking of trying to buy the exact ram that the computer came with, to add that in and boost it that way to maybe 6GB. But you may be saying I should just buy all new ram?
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09 Feb 2015   #4
richc46

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It is a known fact, buy all new. There may be very minor differences in ram that are bought at different times, enough to hurt performance. You seem to know what you need, but maybe you might get other leads from this website. You can buy the ram anywhere.
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09 Feb 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

michael I presume that you don't want to buy a problem.
When you buy mismatched ram that is exactly what you are doing.

Please follow richc46 suggestion and buy all matched ram that meats the specs of your system.

It would also be helpful to know the exact motherboard you have.
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09 Feb 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With the Crucial System Scanner you can quickly determine what options you have.

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09 Feb 2015   #7
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
michael I presume that you don't want to buy a problem.
When you buy mismatched ram that is exactly what you are doing.

Please follow richc46 suggestion and buy all matched ram that meats the specs of your system.

It would also be helpful to know the exact motherboard you have.
Thanks, my motherboard is: Nvidia 6150Se

I'm just wondering if I should be increasing my ram from 3GB to 4GB or higher, since I have a 64 bit windows 7 OS.

(To recap: I started out with the ram currently in the computer, 3GB Kingston. Then, 4 years ago, I upgraded the ram to 8GB, as well as installing 64 bit windows. This was all new, matched Kingston ValuRam, I did not mix it with the original ram, also Kingston, but not ValuRam. But it caused display driver failures. So I recently took out the "new" ram and put back in what came in the computer. The display driver failures went away).
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09 Feb 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michael diemer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
michael I presume that you don't want to buy a problem.
When you buy mismatched ram that is exactly what you are doing.

Please follow richc46 suggestion and buy all matched ram that meats the specs of your system.

It would also be helpful to know the exact motherboard you have.
Thanks, my motherboard is: Nvidia 6150Se

I'm just wondering if I should be increasing my ram from 3GB to 4GB or higher, since I have a 64 bit windows 7 OS.

(To recap: I started out with the ram currently in the computer, 3GB Kingston. Then, 4 years ago, I upgraded the ram to 8GB, as well as installing 64 bit windows. This was all new, matched Kingston ValuRam, I did not mix it with the original ram, also Kingston, but not ValuRam. But it caused display driver failures. So I recently took out the "new" ram and put back in what came in the computer. The display driver failures went away).
There's no reason to add more RAM unless you have some reason to believe that you are currently using all the RAM you now have.

What are your reasons?

You said in your first post that "it's running fine".

Why in particular do you think that 3 GB of RAM isn't enough " to run 64 bit stuff", as stated in your first post? It's plenty if you aren't using all of it.

You may be using all of it and starving for more, but you haven't said why you think that is so.
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09 Feb 2015   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have run Windows 7/64 with 4 gigs of ram all the way to 32 gigs of ram and everything in between. It all depends what one uses the computer for.

A sweat post in my opinion for Windows 7/64 is 8 gigs of ram.
That being said 8 gigs of ram is more ram than most will use most of the time. The extra ram is there if for what ever reason one starts doing things on the computer that needs more ram.

I would also recommend doing this like others have suggested and let us know the results.


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When I google this I get everything but the needed information about your motherboard.
Nvidia 6150Se

Where are you getting this Nvidia 6150Se information.
Point me to a websit I can get all the specs of the motherboard.
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09 Feb 2015   #10
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Ignatz,


I thought if you had 64 bit windows, then you needed at least 4GB ram. Or something like that...I could be wrong.
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