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It would be theoretically possible to design a computer to operate with very little (a few registers' worth) or no RAM (look up the definition of a Turing machine -- which can actually be constructed in a suitably large/fast implementation of Conway's Life simulation). The reason all real-world computers use RAM is, first, historical: core memory (the ...


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At some point this gets into the question of what even counts as "RAM." There are many CPUs and microcontrollers that have plenty of on-chip memory to run small operating systems with no separate RAM chips attached. In fact, this is actually relatively common in the world of embedded systems. So, if you're just referring to not having any separate RAM chips ...


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ALL modern, standard, general-purpose CPUs fundamentally work like this: CPU maintains a register that points in its address space to the next instruction CPU fetches whatever is in that address space and increments that register If instruction needs additional information, like a destination address or other operand, it is also fetched CPU executes ...


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A personal computer requires RAM to run. Every application launched from the harddisk will be copied to RAM first before it is being executed. So if you do not have any RAM in your computer, your computer will not start up, probably give you several warning beeps to let you know that there isn't any RAM installed.


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You can, because when an x86 CPU starts, L2 cache is initially a SRAM before used as cache. So you can write your own bios in order to not initialize the RAM and use only the small amount of SRAM inside the CPU as RAM rather than L2/L3 cache. Just read BIOS guidelines from CPU manufacturers.


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The computer will not run. RAM is an essential part of successful post from the motherboard. When RAM is not present or damaged, many motherboards typically give beeps codes to indicate where to look in troubleshooting.


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In google Chrome, every tab, web app and running extensions has its own process (not thread). In your screenshot you can see that this adds up to a lot of processes. Each process consumes memory and has to contend will all other processes for CPU time. If you have enough processes, you can make every computer slow. Close some tabs in Chrome and/or see if ...


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Actually you could in at least two cases run a computer without what is technically referred to as RAM The first old mechanical "computers" (Konrad Zuse's construction and Charles Babbage's computer were mechanical devices with no RAM arestill called computers) A modern computer with no RAM and only a processor (chip) with registers. In most cases you have ...


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Number of cores is not the issue in your case with your motherboard. It is the actual pin configuration of the board and the AM3+ CPU. While AM3s have 941 pins the AM3+ has 942. What seems to be the quick tell tail sign if a motherboard is AM3+ compatible is a white block vs Black block. What you really need to do is look at the red circled area for the ...


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Although this answer doesn't apply to the OP, I'll keep this answer for reference by future readers. Your hard drive may be failing Slow I/O performance can be caused by hard drive problems. If the media is degrading, the hard drive will repeatedly attempt to access the data, which can cause significant delays in accessing data. Use a program such as ...


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It just won't run. Motherboard will most probably beep in an unusual way and shut down. If you don't have enough RAM, even 128MB for Windows XP, it'll refuse to install (actually tried this with an old computer; one of the chips wasn't correctly placed). So, with the current setups is impossible. Even if you could disable motherboard checks, CPU can't read ...



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