I have recently bought the Portge R700 and am disappointed with the memory. I have a licenced edition of Windows 7 64-bit: what problems might occur if I upgrade? Once installed, I can then use 8Mb RAM.
Furthermore I found the website misleading reagrding the ability to use 8Mb RAM with the32-bit OS. I have 4Mb installed, ans see that only 2.86Mb is usable.
I receive 'low memory' messages and would like to know how to allocate more RAM to video.
Upgrading from 32 to 64 (which actually means installing fresh since there is no upgrade path from 32 to 64) will probably give no issues.
There are could be strange pitfalls - I think some special security software are not always fast enough to follow the major trends among consumers.
I.e. there are electonic ID's client software used to identify yourself in government and authorities. Those could be limited to 32 bit versions.
I think the Flash-plugin for your web browser used to be limited to 32 bit browsers only, but I am not sure if that issue still applies.
Apart from that You should consider if this unit is a company owned one and then discuss with your IT department if this is an OK move.
If this is just your private unit and you do not have issues with Flash (if this is still a limitation) I see no major problems going to 64 bit OS.
You will be able to adress and use all your memory except for the part allocated to video.
The low amount of memory You see currently is simply caused by the limits of the OS architecture (32 bit).
Low memory messages are a bit odd however since 2. something GB memory should be anough for daily use.
If You are not using memory hungry applications maybe you should check your software (viruses, software problems) and possibly recover the unit.
Tom is right. if you want to use 64bit operating system you must make clean OS installation. All drivers and Toshiba specific tools and utilities must be installed additionally one by one.
If you need some help with Win7 installation let us know.
I don’t know for which purposes do you use your notebook and which applications are important for your daily work but, generally speaking, I don’t think you will have some problems using 64bit OS. Be sure that all additional software is 64bit compatible and everything will be OK.
As far as I know notebook user doesn’t have influence to video memory usage and it works automatically. It is not known to me that you can change these settings and define how many RAM can be used for video operations.
Anyway, Portege R700 is nice notebook with enough power for every day usage and also for usage with “standard” applications. I don’t think you’ve bought this notebook for gaming.