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Onyi 01-22-2008 06:40 AM

my dell d600 keeps having memory dump
after i installed vista on my d600 dell laptop it keeps giving me a blue screen "memory dump" but wen i downgraded 2 Xp with the same memory it dosent dump amymore what might be the problem?

Wombat 01-22-2008 05:02 PM

I would hazard a good guess, that the Dell does not have enough grunt under the hood to run Vista. Keep XP on it...

lurkswithin 01-22-2008 06:17 PM

As wombat suggested....there is just not enough memory to run Vista.

Vista requires a lot more memory because of the GUI (graphic users interface) than what XP required...about 2 times more.

Another thing could be that Microsoft broke the rules in designing Vista as it was/is not backward compatable as per computer protocol. In as such the hardware in your old computer may not work properly with Vista installed....even if the correct drivers are found and installed. Sometimes the firmware itself needs to be upgraded as well as the drivers. This would also cause the memory dumps to happen!

Onyi 01-24-2008 05:29 AM

I suspected dat d config (pentium M 1GB ram 60GBhdd) of d system could not handle a vista installation but i got confused wen i dual booted a dell c400 laptop which is a p4 and 768mb of ram and it worked. well am ok with XP anyway tanks guys

lurkswithin 01-24-2008 02:18 PM

Thanks for posting back!

As I earlier suspected, it was probably a hardware (software, too) that Vista just didn't like with the computer it was installed on.

To clarify...

The "graphics user interface" (GUI) that is built into Windows Vista requires almost twice as much memory to run to Microsoft specs than what Windows XP did. This is about 768 mbs while XP only required 256 mbs. This doesn't mean that Vista or XP couldn't be installed on a system with smaller amounts of ram......only that that was the recommended specifics. Also one has to look at the hardware and software that was to be installed on the system.

XP was/is notorious for its driver issues and vista is even worse. Also one must include the fact that there are several different Vista programs and each one has more or less installed applications than the next one....all of which require applicable amounts of memory to operate on. There are some laptops that are being manufactured and sold with only 512 mbs of ram with Vista installed. But they are so slow that the people who buy them immediately do a memory upgrade.

I personally have installed xp on a system with 32 mgs of memory and have it run fairly decently...still slow but it ran!

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