Re: [nbos] FM and large file sizes/prints
"Mark Oliva"
Thu Oct 8th, 2009
> From:

The main reason you'd need a 64 bit after XP version of windows is if you
have more than 3 gig of ram. XP cannot use more than that, even in 64 bit.
It came out before the current huge RAM sizes were really feasible. If you
hav 8 gig like I do on my desk top, and want to use it all under windows,
you have to have either vista or 7 at 64 bit.

Exactly. I'm by no means a Vista lover, but I have to have it available for
software testing. Most of the time I use Windows XP Pro and in the coming
year I'll be slowly phasing into LINUX with a full conversion goal of
October 2011.

The point is that some "big things" in FM8 won't work with Windows XP,
because of its limited memory addressing, as explained by bedlamandmayhem.
The operation ends with an insufficient memory resources message. I've seen
it many times. My machines have 8 GB RAM. Windows XP can use only about
3.7 GB of the 8 GB total. When FM8 gives me an insufficient memory message,
I (very reluctantly) reboot into 64-bit Vista, where I have all 8 GB memory
availble and the operation that XP couldn't run performs like a snap.

It wasn't my intention to promote Vista (which I consider to be a godwaful
OS) but rather to warn Rob Graham that he might need a 64-Bit Vista or
Windows 7 OS and 8 GB RAM to do what he wants to do.

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