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Oct
27
comment Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
@phyrfox There is no way most of the manufacturers would have desire to update drivers for their years old hardware that you cannot even buy any more. So the default limitation makes sense, unless Microsoft wanted to punish some of their other customers and give an impression of instability of their OS (nope). That said, it would have been good customer service from Microsoft to allow disabling the limitation with the help of a automatically updated driver database hinting if the option is risky in the particular setting (also taking care of changed situation after hardware updates).
Oct
24
comment Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
@phyrfox - Wikipedia page you linked says: "In Microsoft's "non-server", or "client", x86 editions of Microsoft Windows... do not permit addressing of physical memory above the 4 GB address boundary. This is not an architectural limit; it is a limit imposed by Microsoft via license enforcement routines as a workaround for device driver compatibility issues that were discovered during testing." This reasoning is believable if the number of supported devices is much less in "server" versions of Windows. Windows 7 Professional 64-bit has no limitation to use memory above 4Gb.
Oct
24
comment Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
@phyrfox : Even Windows 7 Professional 32-bit version cannot use PAE. But at least there is reasonable explanation ("not implemented") instead of purposeful violent amputation by marketing segmentation reasons. I am not knowledgeable of any 32-bit CPUs/memory controllers that support dual/multi-channel memory access feature.
Oct
20
revised Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
Mention that memory modules need to be similar enough...
Oct
20
comment Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
@gronostaj - I added your comment on the answer. And personally I do not think it is in general worth the trouble opening the case and installing a new memory module for the anticipated performance boost when you are running OS amputated by evil marketing droids.
Oct
20
revised Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
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Oct
20
revised Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
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Oct
20
answered Can I add another stick of 2 GB to a 32 bit Windows Starter system?
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11
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Jun
11
comment VirtualMachines lost after VirtualBox update
I just had the same issue that I described in superuser.com/questions/80192/…
Jun
11
answered How to recover Virtual Machines in Virtualbox?
Mar
3
revised How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?
Editing the purpose and potential solutions towards to have more usable question
Mar
3
comment How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?
Assuming there is no equivalent of UNIX id command in Windows, I accept this as a correct answer. At least running at command without any arguments does not appear to have any side effects. I am going to use this method in my .bashrc file from now on! Thanks for the hack.
Mar
3
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Mar
3
accepted How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?
Dec
9
revised How to fix the COM port name for USB serial port in Windows 7?
Edited header to reflect the problem more accurately
Oct
25
asked How to fix the COM port name for USB serial port in Windows 7?
Oct
15
answered Automatically mount Truecrypt volume on login using account password
Oct
15
comment How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?
@Ramhound Weird, but charmingly so.
Oct
15
revised How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?
Quoted "run as administrator" because it is a verbatim quote from the right click context menu