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Windows 7: Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory.

24 Feb 2010   #131
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

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Also I noticed windows seven allocates normal ram to graphics usage even with a dedicated graphics card, my 8800GT has 512meg onboard memory and over 2 gig of ram allocated to shared video memory.
Do you know if this is a configuration you can turn off?
There is nothing to turn off, as there is no memory allocated to a discrete video card. What it is is virtualized memory, sort of like a pagefile for the video card and only used if it is needed.
Um..I meant can you stop it from allocating shared memory if there is a dedicated card present.


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24 Feb 2010   #132
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Um..I meant can you stop it from allocating shared memory if there is a dedicated card present.
There is nothing to turn off. Blame it on Microsoft and their bad naming schemes, as there is no memory being shared. Think of it like the old AGP Aperture setting (bios setting), it "allocated" a se5t amount of ram for if and when the video card ran and was only ever used if the video card's memory was maxed out. Till that happened nothing was used or taken away.
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24 Feb 2010   #133
tcman47

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am using Windows 7 64bit with 8gb of ddr2 ram and a q9400 quad-core cpu, haven't seen any big issues with memory yet.

Been playing Dirt2 for awhile now and no problems whatsoever, I am however still experiencing blue screen crashes every once in awhile, the error code says its a hardware issue, maybe my memory is mismatched but I don't think so.

TC
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24 Feb 2010   #134
WDAexodus

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I love blogger's with alter ego's. Let's see how long the Apple monkey's continue to try to push this story.
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24 Feb 2010   #135
Spidey1976

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

I'm running 8gb on 64-bit OS, and only use 16% of the RAM at stand still - I also run Dragon Age: Origins at the highest visual settings just fine
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24 Feb 2010   #136
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tcman47 View Post
I am using Windows 7 64bit with 8gb of ddr2 ram and a q9400 quad-core cpu, haven't seen any big issues with memory yet.

Been playing Dirt2 for awhile now and no problems whatsoever, I am however still experiencing blue screen crashes every once in awhile, the error code says its a hardware issue, maybe my memory is mismatched but I don't think so.

TC
If you mixed different brands of memory the timings could be slightly off. The options for 8gb are four 2gb matched dimms in a set or a pair of 4gb dimms(expensive as ever).

As for pc games they are written to run on systems with far less memory. The BSODs could well be the game itself.

I haven't seen one game that won't crash at some point on any version of Windows. The error codes generated can often be misleading suggesting a hardware fault when none are present.

Here when running some old games that love crashing the game is simply restarted to resume where it left off unless you end up with a Windows lockup. Once the game is restarted it will act like nothing ever happened.
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24 Feb 2010   #137
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

That explain the sound cracks.
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25 Feb 2010   #138
Nero

Windows 7 64-bit/XP
 
 

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That is something I do not understand. When I walk thru the computer stores, most Win7 systems have 4GBs and more - and they all have 64bit. No way to find a 32bit system which we were looking for because a friend needed that to run a bundle of very expensive programs for her business from 32bit Vista. My win7 systems usually run around 1GB of RAM usage. So where is the problem.
exactly...I never go over 1.5 gb memory out of 6 installed...
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25 Feb 2010   #139
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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Any examples of apps which are 32-bit that aren't running properly?
gazillionaire Deluxe (quite an old game from the 9x/ME era of computing) wont run on 64 bit, 32 bit is fine, there are a few other problem programs too cant remember them off the top of my head
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26 Feb 2010   #140
lgp

Windows 7
 
 

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I have an old PC with 1GB of RAM with XP and Win 7 both 32bit installed and Win 7 always crashes due to lack of RAM.
I have installed 7 on several PCs with 1GB of RAM with no hiccups whatsoever. True, the memory usage is usually fluctuating between 40 - 80% with this few RAM, but still no hiccups.

Must be some bloatware or malware running. If not, then there's probably a device driver issue you got.

On the topic at hand, I believe that 'study' was made on people who have lots of bloatware. I am rather inclined to think the 'study' may have been deliberately done on people who are not too technically aware just so the results may be skewed.

My own 7 setup with only 2GB of RAM never goes beyond 30% on average and the most I've seen it go is during a photoshop session where it went to around 60%.
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