arcticsid, on 08 August 2013 - 09:45 AM, said:
Flashorn, on 08 August 2013 - 08:06 AM, said:
Hey Sid !
If my memory serves me right, you only have 1.75 Gigs of RAM serving that PC.
This might be a problem if you're to move to W7. IF you could install say 3 Gigs
of RAM, that would alleviate any undo weight on the RAM system to provide
enough working memory to all processes.
Another possibilty would be to use ReadyBoost :
This should help with the low RAM problem.
Don't forget that the OS will report and use only 3.25 Gigs of RAM in a 32 bit OS which
is XP and Vista and 7. This will include any RAM that is either dedicated to or shared
by the on-board video card.
I know for a fact this MB will handle 4 G so to upgrade that won't be an issue, might do it before the upgrade, I enjoy going to Facebook sometimes to keep in touch with my siblings "outside", (lower 48) and sometimes FB is to slow to catch up.
Do you know off hand the minimum RAM required, not recommended, for 7?
So anyway, the RAM thing wont be an issue, got lots of hard drive space, so thats not going to be ani ussue, not sure the processor speed off hand, but for the most part seems to cruise along pretty well for a machine of this age.
Hey Sid !
The recommended RAM for W7 is two (2) Gigs.
This is from MS :
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
If you are running an AMD processor then, you don't have to worry about 64 bit because they have been
running a 64 bit proc for at lest 6 years now. Intel was a bit slower to catch up but I would think that if your
PC is four years and younger, you can run the 64 bit OS.
My new notebook has Lots of memory (16 Gigs) but, it only uses :
This is with Task Manager opened, Firefox, Steam and Windows Media Player plus the background processes.
My Asus G73 has 8 Gigs of RAM with W7 64 bit and uses about the same amount.
My Daughter's Asus U36JC notebook has 4 Gigs of RAM with W7 and uses a little over 2 Gigs to function properly
so, I think installing 4 Gigs with W7 64 bit will give you all the memory you need.
Windows 7 has all the drivers you need to operate the hardware. IF by chance it is missing one then, simply go to
the builder's site and download and install that particular driver.
I have a HP printer that is 5 years old and when I plugged it in , W7 recognized it and installed the proper driver.
It's been running properly ever since.
There's not much to get used to in W7 after using XP. If anything , I found it easier to navigate and find folders .
Give it a shot and work with it a bit on your own. If you can't find a folder, just ask.
When you get set up, come back and we will give you the info you need to set it up properly.