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How much RAM for XP?

I have an older notebook with 64MB of RAM and a 700 MHZ PIII 10G HD.  It originally came with WinME but I recently installed WinXP and of course 64MB of RAM really isn't that much but the computer runs surprisely well for such little RAM.  How much RAM should I install for XP?  I believe the recommended is 256?  I believe there are only 2 RAM slots though I will have to check.

I want to run WinXP, Office 2K, VS 6.0, VS.NET, SQL Server and Vault and probably VMWare and Linux in a bit though I don't know if the HD is big enough for that.

I currently have the swap file min/max set to 96MB.

IP Address
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I wouldn't even think about VS.Net w/ 256 MB of RAM.  I've got 1 GIG and it runs comfortably.  I wouldn't go less than 512MB though.

Brian
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

350 GB

XP rocks
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I have VS.NET w/ 256MB RAM on Win2K. It's constrained (e.g. my current IDE instance is using 135 MB), but still usable ... that's without using SQL, VMWare, etc.

I'm close to having filled my 12GB disk as well.

Christopher Wells
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

1 beeeeeleeeeeeon gigabytes of RAM.

Berlin Brown
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

VS.NET + SQL Server + VMware all running at once? At least 1GB of RAM. Scratch out VMware at the same time? 512MB will be fine.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

64Kb should be enough for anybody

Tapiwa
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

or was that 640kb

Tapiwa
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

You need a bigger hard drive

Yo
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Plus you need some of that extended and/or expanded RAM stuff.

Ram4U
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

512mb without VMWare.  1gb with it.

Chip H.

Chip H.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I used a dell PIII 500MHz with XP and 256mb of RAM. It ran like a champ with SQL Server and VS.NET. It wasn't smoking, but did run better than I expected.

m
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

256 MB wil be OK if you leave out VMWare. For adding VMWare, just add the memory requirements as if you would be running on separate machines.
So e.g. if you want to run RHEL on the VM and give it 256 MB, you are looking at 256MB + 256MB = 512MB

Just me (Sir to you)
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Get a bigger HD and buy an external USB case for about $25 and use your old HD as removeable backup.

But check what the maximum memory is that can be fitted in each slot, and that it is easily available.

Stephen Jones
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

A 16K rampak should do it... (ho ho ho)

Bummers are deaf
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

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