Dell Mini 1012 Discussion forum on the new 2010 Dell Mini 1012, featuring an Intel Atom N450 CPU.

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Default 4 GB on Dell Mini 1012 (64-bit) - 11-23-2010, 05:55 AM

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I am new to this forum, and appreciate all of the contributors. I have a Dell Mini 1012 running 64-Bit Windows 7. It currently has 2 GB RAM installed. Has anyone every actually tried plugging a 4 GB RAM module into the Mini 1012? In the past I have had Inspiron computers that claim to have a maximum RAM of 2 GB. This was because they were 32-bit, and had 2 SIMM sockets. I put in 2, 2 GB SIMMs into the system and was able to get 3 GB of RAM out of the system.

I can get a single 4 GB SIMM for around $80, and I am willing to give it a try. I just don't want to go to the trouble if someone else has actually already tried it.

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Default 11-23-2010, 04:19 PM

Here's a discussion of the topic: Maximum memory size for Mini 1012. People have tried 4GB in other Dell netbooks without success, I can't recall if anyone's tried it in the 1012.

You are correct that official maximums can sometimes be exceeded, but don't get your hopes too high for 4GB in the 1012

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Cool 11-23-2010, 04:50 PM

the maximum for that processor (Atom N450) is 2gb sorry..believe me if it could be done it would have been done and posted by now......and it really makes no difference whether it is 32bit or 64bit

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that is a good thread that reflex linked you to, there are links in that thread that go to Intels site and explains the N450 processor

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Default Out of curiosity - 11-23-2010, 08:16 PM

Why the 4 gig? 2 gig I think is enough for this low power mini. I have Viso premium, Outlook2007, Chess titans open at the same time but see no problem. I-tunes 64 bit is also playing music flawlessly.


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Default 11-24-2010, 04:57 PM

What exactly is the point of the N450 being a 64-bit processor if it isn't capable of addressing 4GB+ of RAM? Yes, I know that there are some other advantages for 64-bit, but the major one is the ability to address more RAM. It seems kind of pointless for Intel to have made this chip 64-bit when it can't take advantage of the main feature of the architecture!!
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Default 11-24-2010, 06:36 PM

No, it isn't. The major difference is the ability to have more than 2GB of virtual address space, and you can do that without more than 2GB of RAM. True, performance will start to suffer if there is a lot of pagefile activity, but at least your program will run.

There are other advantages, such as more and larger registers and enforcement of newer driver models.

RAM addressability is irrelevant here - lots of 32-bit processors can access more than 2GB of RAM.

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