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If <2GB RAM on non-PAE system, can I use Standard (PAE, & new kernel) instead of Legacy (non-PAE & old kernel)?

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We have a eeePC 1000HE.  that's a Atom N280* 1.666ghz, and I'm pretty sure it's non-pae,

as it does not allow to expand beyond 2GB of RAM. 

 

Edit: I corrected this from Celeron which many sources had it as.  Asus's website lists it as an Intel Athom N280

 

PAE is for a different kind of memory addressing/mapping, allowing to go beyond 2GB,

but we'll never go beyond that in this machine, 

 

I would like to know if I can use the Standard 32bit edition instead of the Legacy non-pae version. 

For the first 2GB, will both the for-PAE and the non-PAE address it in the same manner, using the same standard? 

Or do they even address the first 2GB differently? 

 

The reason: it is my understanding that the latest Kernel patches a major vulnerability, which, I assume, would still be present in the older 3.2 kernel. 

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You can check that in terminology

cat /proc/cpuinfo

If the line with flags has a mention for pae than your processor can handle a kernel with pae enabled. The mobo might not be wired for it, but AFAIK the eeepc 1000 was OK.

 

Enjoy,

Charles

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Yes, You should be able to install the non-pae.  

No, I am asking if I can use the standard 32 bit, instead of the Legacy (non-pae),

since it will never go beyond 2gb. 

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See Charles post.  Sorry, I misunderstood. 

 

If your system supports pae then yes, you can use a pae kernel with less than 3 GB of ram on your system.

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thanks guys, that's good to know.  

when my daughter lets me approach her netbook again, I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes. 

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You know guys... 

 

I am realizing that my original question is kind of a dumb one: 

since non-pae systems stop at 2GB, all of them would be =<2GB. 

if the pae version could be used on that, 

they wouldn't have to bother making a Legacy non-pae version. 

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32bit operating systems will use multiple core if the application you are using is written to do so. 

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32bit operating systems will use multiple core if the application you are using is written to do so. 

 

Does the app not sit atop the OS, and the OS determines how it interacts with the CPU? 

 

And even for apps that may not take advantage, does an OS not allow the cores to juggle different apps' tasks concurrently, when the CPU is designed for that? 

 

And if you had an app that "could" take advantage, but it is running in an OS that does not, would that not impede this app from taking advantage of it? 

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