Linux allows this mobo 2x RAM XP shows; can I VM XP and split it?
August 1, 2008 11:15 AM Subscribe
Would this OS/RAM/VM trick work, you think? Linux seems to allow this PC mobo double the RAM XP shows as possible; can I VM XP on a Linux host and split the RAM between the two?
posted by penciltopper to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
When under Windows, a RAM compatibility scan says the max installable is 2gb. Run the same scan (the Crucial Memory scanner) under Ubuntu, max comes out as 4gb instead. Makes me believe there's a difference between the mobo and XP's capabilities.
I'd like to have a 2gb RAM Ubuntu system and a 2gb RAM XP system to switch back and forth between, while they're running simultaneously (so dual-boot is out). 2 separate boxes with a KVM switch would be awkward due to space constraints, etc.
So if I installed Ubuntu as the OS, put in 4gb RAM, then set up an XP virtual machine running in VMware, can I assign the XP VM 2gb and leave 2gb for Ubuntu? Anything tricky about that, or that I should watch out for?
A little new for me to mix the 3 things, I also haven't done any complex memory assigning before. I've got little enough hair left that I'd prefer not to pull any more out trying to get this to work, so I figured I'd ask the smartest people I know before I get into it. Thanks, MeFites!