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Windows 7: [Help] 32 or 64bit ?

12 May 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by usasma View Post
So it's basically a slow video card that's also preventing you from using a portion of your RAM. But, if the video card is using shared video memory (a part of your RAM), then it's possible that that part of your RAM is being used in the reserved address space for the video card. What this means is that any performance increase caused by switching to x64 could be less than expected.

Finally, if this is a laptop, then I'd wonder about the availability of larger RAM modules for it.
Interesting observation. For a laptop that is using "motherboard graphics" it's likely there is no dedicated video ram as there is in a desktop PC with a separate video card. So, using a 64 bit OS is not going to change the amount of ram available to the system. It would be necessary to also add ram, if possible.

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12 May 2009   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100

well first of all thanks for the help guys my video card is a NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300M GS which i believe is dedicated memory..

about the ram i dunno if i can upgrade it, one thing is on my laptop specs it says Memory 6GB (4GB RAM + 2GB Memory Boost) the 2Gb boost i think is by connect a usb drive pen to your system and use Ready Boost , which i started doing.. although now i can't see my WEI, i tried taking out the drive pen and run again but it does not show nothing

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12 May 2009   #13
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I'm not familiar with the specific card, but I recently purchased an Asus laptop with a discrete graphics card (and it's own memory).

What's the make and model of your laptop?

It appears that you probably have 256 mB of discrete video memory, and some that is shared (from the first screenshot). This further complicates my theory about the reserved address spaces and the shared video memory. Basically, there'll be 256 mB of the reserved address space that the discrete video memory will address - and the shared video memory would likely occupy other portions of the reserved address space (but this is just a theory on my part - and I'll have to test it with a system with an onboard video card when I get a chance).

I would suggest sticking with the 32 bit version of Windows unless you can get a deal on RAM for the laptop. If you're able to stuff more than 4 gB into it (and the laptop mobo can handle it) then you should upgrade to the 64 bit version.
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12 May 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100

hmm.. my laptop is an Insys HD 8761SU, this is the website of the brand , although it's in Portuguese :\
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12 May 2009   #15

@Home/Work: Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64

The graphics card has dedicated memory apart of the RAM. So, you have at least 4 GB. ("at least" because I don't know what's all about "memory boost" yet ). If you have more than 3 GB. of RAM, you need an x64 edition of Windows. If you intall a 32 bits edition, you will be wasting a couple of megabytes there.

See you around! ^_^
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