More Vista Stupidity

After a fresh reinstall, I was liking Vista a bit better. It’s still bloated and stupid, but not nearly as bad as it was before. There was a slickdeal for 4GB of RAM for like $60. I jumped at it, figuring it would help things. It does, but unfortunately the 32-bit version of Vista still has that stupid problem that XP had–it can’t see more than 3GB of RAM. There are a lot of other factors on why it can’t do this, including bios, chipset, etc. However, if you’re going to release a bloated OS with steep system requirements, you’d figure this issue would have been addressed. Sadly, it’s not. So my laptop has 4GB of zippy RAM in it, but it can only see 3GB. It runs better than ever, but this problem is still retarded.

3 thoughts on “More Vista Stupidity

  1. for reals? uh, and this OS is supposed to last how many years not seeing more than 3GB?

    does the 64-bit version? what kind of feasibility is 64-bit hardware in consumer computers right now?

  2. The 64-bit version supports way more RAM, but it also has a lot of driver compatibility issues. Eventually 32-bit Vista will support more RAM, but it’ll take OS and Bios updates. For older systems, the chipset might be the problem and they’ll never be able to use anything more than 3GB.

    Still, this shouldn’t be a problem to begin with! Vista is much more of a resource hog than XP. From my six weeks using this system, I can’t recommend anything less than 3GB. My old XP laptop was humming along just fine with 2GB.

    Sometimes techmology is stupid.

  3. since some people are seeing only 2.5GB-3.75GB of RAM depending on system configuration. example: Physical Address space allocated to RAM on Video Card, PCI, sound card ram on the X-Fi or others, etc…

    ok try this, to fix this issue for 32 bit versions, this should work to access all 3GB or more of RAM (up to 4GB of Physical Memory in 32 bit versions), In the boot.ini file (open with notepad, or my favorite, notepad++) add the switch “/PAE” (without quotes) works with windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, and Vista, but will only work if hardware supports it… so check your motherboard and cpu information. But if you have the newer Intel Mother-boards that support 8GB or more now, you’re definately ok.
    For example,

    Original Boot.ini:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=0
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT=”Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server”
    /fastdetect

    Change the Boot.ini to become:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=0
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT=”Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server”
    /fastdetect /PAE

    For Bootcfg command, use:

    bootcfg /raw “/pae” /A /ID 1

    Restart the computer after modification to make the change effective.

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