by   April 26 2012   
Memory Upgrade Xtreme Computer Curb-IT or Up-IT When to Curb it due to memory costs or upgrade it. My Computer shows a message that I'm low on virtual resources and memory. It's showing that I have 512Mb of memory in my computer and I'm running XP Pro

Memory Upgrade Xtreme Computer Curb-IT or Up-IT

My Computer shows a message that I'm low on virtual resources and memory. It's showing that I have 512Mb of memory in my computer and I'm running XP Pro.

NOTE: For 64Bit OS and all newer servers I'll post up information about upgrades and the dang mistakes made when reading Memory model numbers. IT will need to really remember the RDDR and Non RDDR or is that ECC DDR RDRAM and ECC DDR UDRAM or UDDR and ECC UDIM I've seen more marketing mistakes that lead to $100.00 mistakes.

Curb-IT or Upgrade it (Up-IT)?

The short version of Memory upgrades.

If you install the maximum amount of memory in your computer you can eliminate many memory related issues and really increase the worth of your older computer. Even if you have a new computer you should check to make sure you have the maximum amount of memory installed. Lack of Memory is one of the top issues related to having a slow computer. It's just behind having a computer full of viruses and malware.

We as technicians recommend installing the maximum amount of memory in all your computers. Especially now because of how low the price of new quality memory is.

Murray's Tech Tip: You might have your favorite memory manufacturer but do you know what memory chips they use? Why not Search for Memory Chip Manufacturers and you'll find the Memory I use and suggest. Crucial is all over this site, Samsung would be but very expensive for normal computers and the fact that Micron is or was born in the USA I felt years ago it was good to sponsor good old fashioned American Memory Chips. Micron aka Crucial = Murray's Suggested Chips.

A bit of news for you all, Samsung and Micron are creating a new memory module that seems to be a stacked module type. Not sure yet, but if you remember the onboard 1kb motherboards you could add another by stacking them on top but no more than 2 per stack. It's an old really old memory upgrade.

Run the Crucial Memory Test from the link below.

Need more information about memory upgrades? Read more below.

If you remember the first technical articles about Windows XP Pro stating the minimum requirements for that operating system were 64MB of RAM.

Now, we can't argue with the design engineers but as technicians we can really say that was a joke within the technical arena. Then major manufacturers thought they were doing their customers right by adding 128MB of memory. All was good according to the specification sheet. That's until you turned your computer on then everything was out of spec's.

Our recommendation to everyone that has a computer is to run the memory upgrade test and upgrade your system to the largest amount of memory your system can handle. You will see less errors and faster computing if you skip the "I'll just add xyz" and "I'm going to max this baby out!" attitude.

You can buy your memory from anyone or any place but we do want you to pay close attention to the manufacturer and if it's their main line or a value ram module. (Anything Value either means reconditioned or lower quality control.)

We have built highend database servers for years and have seen my share of memory address errors when it comes to lower quality memory. We have found Micron chips are tops then Samsung. We use nearly 100% of the time Micron chips which markets by the name of Crucial Memory. We are a vendor for them so to answer your question before you ask "Yes, we make a little profit from memory sales and promote Crucial Memory before others for most computer systems."

XP Pro requires more than 512Mb of memory if you are planning on using any other applications or software. But that's not what the manufacturer of the software posted when you started looking at the new operating system.

Microsoft's Support Site: 314865

  • Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional are:
  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
  • At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • Keyboard and a Microsoft Mouse or some other compatible pointing device
  • Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600)or higher resolution
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones

Honestly you wouldn't work with a computer configured like that for more than a minute. Windows XP Home and Pro take 45 seconds to boot to the operating system. That means from the time you see the boot screen Windows XP it should only take up to 45 seconds to be able to click on the start button.

The system described above Pentium 233 with 64Mb of RAM would take minutes to boot into Windows XP because the Operating System would be looking for virtual memory faster than every. (Virtual Memory is using a part of your hard drive as a memory cache. This allows the application to be partially loaded to physical memory and the remaining part of the application would be on virtual or your hard drive. This typically slows the computer application down and it's not recommended.

Today you might have a Windows XP computer with 1GB of memory. This is what we technicians call Minimum Recommended memory. If you have 512MB as soon as you open Firefox or Internet Explorer 8 you're going to be out of memory fast.


You might not have looked at the configuration of your computer close enough when you purchased it. XP Professional showed on the box 256Mb minimum 512mb

512Mb minimum memory 1Gb recommended

This question has been asked time and time again. Most time's it's a simple answer. Older than 12 years then Curb it.

Not so fast.

Let's look at what you might need to get another year or maybe even another 5 years out of that 10 year old system.

Yes, we said it and retailers hate the fact we know what systems are in service and might not be replaced for another 5 years. Imagine buying a computer for your Son or Daughter that will take them to the point they can hand down the computer to their kids.

Technology is always changing but the computer world hasn't made any leaps related to hardware that I would be jumping up and down about. Sure you have Cores and Cores of processors but when I think about a processor telling me it will speed up when needed I can't help but ask. "Why don't you just run full speed 100% of the time?"

Anyway, this section is about upgrading your current computer system to make it fast or faster like it should have been when you first bought it.

History: Most manufacturers only use the basic component requirements in their new computer sales. They have this marketing idea you will come back and replace it with a newer system each year or every other year. The issue is many manufacturers continue to deliver under powered or under designed systems to the general public.

Let's start off with Memory.

You all have heard about Memory; "My PC has 512Mb of RAM or Memory or DDR, etc. "

What you might not know is every computer should have different levels or amounts of memory and the computer should be able to run the most popular software.

Lesson One: Minimum Recommended Memory vs. Recommended Memory.

Next time you are in the local discount retail computer store look at some of the Microsoft Office and Microsoft Operating system software they have. Look on the box for Minimum Recommended Memory and Recommended. Write down what it says.

Now here's the story behind the Box. When Microsoft prints: Minimum 1GB of DDR or 1GB of Memory and Recommended 2GB that means in simple terms what Microsoft says will take to run your computer with nothing else open.

Let me make this very clear. Start up your computer and don't touch anything. There you have the example of Minimum Memory for your Operating System.

Next go read what Microsoft Office recommends. Now if it says 1GB of Memory minimum and 2GB of memory recommended you need to add that to your Operating System Memory.

See where this is going?

1Gb OS 1Gb Office = 2GB Minimum.

You might need to replace 2 memory modules or just add another one. Now let's jump to Memory and your system.



Memory Upgrade Xtreme Computer Curb-IT or Up-IT When to Curb it due to memory costs or upgrade it. My Computer shows a message that I'm low on virtual resources and memory. It's showing that I have 512Mb of memory in my computer and I'm running XP Pro