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XP..Virtual Box and RAM

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tonyacardo, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. tonyacardo

    tonyacardo Thread Starter

    Oct 30, 2010
    My XP recognizes only 3 GB of RAM. I only have 3 sticks in there. I have a slot for 1 more. If I create a Virtual Box machine and I add RAM I believe I need to decide how much RAM that VM is allowed. Would XP be smart enough to allocate the 4th GB RAM to the VM?

    Maybe I am wrong. Maybe Ubuntu should be my primary OS and XP should be the VM. (I need XP to run certain programs.) Would Ubuntu allocate as much RAM as I could physically fit in there. (Maybe I could buy 2 sticks of 4 GB RAM.) Also I have XP Pro but it is 32 bit. If I went with a Linux system would it be 64 bit.

    Am I on the right track?

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    No, the virtual system would not see the 4th GB of RAM. It only sees what the host sees. You've reach the 32-bit OS limitation. If you want to use more RAM, you need to install a 64-bit OS.
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