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By hearts1561 ·
What are the factors that determine how much memory can be installed on a computer?

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by dmiles In reply to how much memory can be in ...

The motherboard is the main factor

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See the following web site
http://www.buycomputermemory.com/how-much-ram-is-enough.html

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by valis In reply to how much memory can be in ...

chipset, make and model of the motherboard.

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by TheChas In reply to how much memory can be in ...

The design of the memory controller and the BIOS on the motherboard sets the maximum amount of RAM per socket, and the total maximum RAM.

With SDRAM, there are limits to what type of DIMMs many older motherboards will recognize.

Then, there are limitations from the operating system.
Windows 95, 98 and Me can have problems if more than 511MB of RAM is installed.

Chas

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by csmith In reply to how much memory can be in ...

Wrong Question.
The problem lies in the Memory Manager of most MS OSs.
Each OS has a "Sweet Spot" where it functions best.
The reason is that as more memory is added, the load on the Memory Manager increases, and the PC slows down.
This is offset by the increases in speed that come from having more memory available for applications, buffers, etc..
The sweet spot for Win98 is 192 or 384 Meg, depending on your swap file settings.

Have not had time, recently, to determine Win2K, WinXP, or WS2003.
They are all higher than Win98.

Regards, Chris

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