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Windows 7: 2 TB of harddisk - what RAM is recommended?

14 Jul 2012   #1

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2 TB of harddisk - what RAM is recommended?

Hi -

i bought a custom made pc with intel i3 processor, 2 TB or hard disk and 2 GB or ram.

I am not sure why... but i have a felling that 2 GB of RAM is not enough.

Windows explorer crashed when i visit a specific directory of the a drive. that particular folder has around 100 Videos(Movies) in different formats (mkv, mp4, avi, wmv). The same folder can be accessed through VLC open window.

Window explorer crashed and asks to restart when opening a specific folder.

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14 Jul 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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15 Jul 2012   #3

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After you have entered your System Specs (so we can see if your integrated video is using the system RAM), try this:

Open Windows Explorer > Go to the Videos folder > Click on the View drop down in the upper Right corner of the window > and select "List" as your option.
Now see if there is a freeze opening the folder in list format. Let us know

If the List setting will not 'stick' for this test (meaning the folder keeps reverting to Large Icons) then you can do this:
Do exactly as above, but before you leave the Videos folder do this:
Click to drop down "Organize" > Select "Folder & Search Options" > Click the View Tab > then click "Apply to All Folders".
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15 Jul 2012   #4

Windows7 home premium 32-bit

2Gb RAM sounds a bit low these days, but it shouldn't stop the PC working; it's just that every demand on memory will be reduced.
I wonder why the vendor didn't encourage you to have more fitted - since at purchase your MBO was empty - suggest you go back pronto and have a complain. The most common arrangement would be 4G (2x 2Gb ), although Windows 32-bit cannot address all this, it will sort itself out. It is quite common for "budget" PC's to have integrated video (on the MBO) and this will place memory demands on the system RAM, unless there is some extra you've not said.
Surprises me that you needed to have a "below spec" PC built specially - or is there some space restriction, perhaps?

In addition to the full-spec often demanded here, I think you should tell us what you'll be using this PC for, if it's just email, wordprocessing then a low-spec should be good enough. The danger(!) is that once you get a "New PC" buyers start to want more power. For example photo editing, video editing/display, gaming are three levels up (IMHO), from basic email & wp which should be available on almost any "working" PC.

If you are into Video as yr comments suggest you should be drivng Quad-core, 4G RAM (or more, if you opt for 64-bit OS), and a minimum 500Mb video card with digital outtputs (as well as customary VGA).
- To that end IMHO, yr PC is already under-spec'd. However, if you are merely storing files and don't mind the wait, then a low-spec will do, just don't expect to view action movies.

Finally, did you see this PC running before taking it away?

FWIW I didn't understand TVeblen's suggestion: I had to "search" for Windows Explorer and when I found LIST there was nothing there - I think it needs to be aimed at a specific drive/folder.
FWIW I usually have mine set at "Large" so I can see the first frame of each photo/video - so, obviously been using WE without realising it. . . . . . . "Live and learn", eh?
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15 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Right click on the folder, go to properties, click customize, under "Optimize this folder for", change it from videos to General items, and see if that does anything for you.
you could have a corrupted thumbnail or something.
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27 Jul 2012   #6

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Right click on the folder, go to properties, click customize, under "Optimize this folder for", change it from videos to General items, and see if that does anything for you.
you could have a corrupted thumbnail or something.
HI -

even when i select the folder or even right click it... windows explorer crashes.

Here is the error debug.

Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:    APPCRASH
  Application Name:    Explorer.EXE
  Application Version:    6.1.7600.16385
  Application Timestamp:    4a5bc60d
  Fault Module Name:    DivXMFSource.dll
  Fault Module Version:
  Fault Module Timestamp:    4cffcf66
  Exception Code:    c0000005
  Exception Offset:    0009b8a1
  OS Version:    6.1.7600.
  Locale ID:    1033
  Additional Information 1:    0a9e
  Additional Information 2:    0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
  Additional Information 3:    0a9e
  Additional Information 4:    0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

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MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
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27 Jul 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


I recommend you start a fresh thread in the BSOD and Crash forum.
Here is the info they need:
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27 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chetanmadaan View Post
MY Computer Specs are:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
Wow, that's the best you can come up with....seriously?
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27 Jul 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

Looks like a corrupted MFT... or folder setting.

2 GB should be enough if you use a x86 system, otherwise you need at least 1 GB more (2 GB Reccomended) to get a fluid system. But this has nothing to do with symptoms you describe...

Was this system bought with a clean install of Windows 7? I suspect by the things you type that this was loaded with hundreds of videos and data you don't use (Maybe I'm wrong) If it is not a clean install of windows, I would reccomend to format and clean reinstal windows.
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27 Jul 2012   #10

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Hi -

Thank you everyone for replying.... My PC is now fixed.

I found the bug...

Recently, i installed DivX Plus Codec Pack to Stream mkv and flv format vidoes to my PS3 via dlink wireless.

Here is the link if anyone wants to download it.

DivX Plus Codec Pack
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