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RAM, ROM, Removable Storage "drives" me to Rum...

by jco / February 26, 2006 11:08 PM PST

Hello to all.

I have a Dell Dimension 8200, 80 Gig physical memory, 512 Mb RAM, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2000 Mhz, 1702 Flat Panel, Brother MFC-420cn. I'm running Windows XP SP2, AVG Pro, Spybot, MS Antispyware, and everything is patched and updated.

I'm in the dark, re: removable storage, so I'm copying the following from an AIDA report:
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive MAXTOR 6L080J4 (80 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
Optical Drive _NEC NR - 7900A (24x/0x/40x CD-RW)
Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616T (16x/48x DVD-ROM)

Please note: altho four drives are noted on the AIDA report, I have
only three. All three work wonderfully well, but, to me, they're simply
A, D and E. (Hard drive is C, of course)

I'm hoping someone can direct me to a site where I can learn how RAM and ROM work (dah -- I know what the acronyms mean, but their workings are a mystery to me.)

This need to know has come up due to the possibility that I might want to load a program that takes 600 - 700 Mb of "memory." (that's all I know so far).

My system has 512 Mb RAM, the 80 Gig total, and my computer info says I have 56 Gig free space. Seems like plenty of memory left -- but I don't understand how the 512 Mb RAM is affected.

Let's face it: My understanding, in total, is severely limited. In particular, I'm wondering if I have enough "memory" to load a 600 - 700 Mb program, but I also need to learn more about this for future reference.

Thank-you megaloads. I think 90% of what I've learned has come to me via forums, and I do love this forum in particular.

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by Ray Harinec / February 26, 2006 11:46 PM PST

Your "This need to know has come up due to the possibility that I might want to load a program that takes 600 - 700 Mb of "memory." (that's all I know so far)." Simply means that the program requires that amount of space on your hard drive.

Also to me drives A, C, D, and E add up to four. Please explain your comment re three.

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I pulled up Calc in windows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2006 11:49 PM PST
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Clicked View Scientific, then Hex and ...

A + C + D + E = 31

I bet the number 3 was about hard disks only but I could be wrong.


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Ooops, continued, aka RAM, ROM, rum anyone?
by jco / February 27, 2006 12:56 AM PST

Cool! And 3+1=4. And A=1, C=3, D=4, and E=5, so that adds up to 13, and 1+3=4.

No doubt about it, all drives are counted four and accounted for. (Good thing I'm not really hitting the rum, or I'd have to capitalize the "dah" in my middle name.)

Thanks much for helping me again!

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by jco / February 27, 2006 12:40 AM PST
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Somehow, I thought the four drives listed on the AIDA report were all removable storage, but that's not the case. I see now that "Disk Drive" refers to "C." Thanks so much for your response.

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