A way to manually control memory allocation, Vista 64

Jettatore

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I'm wondering if there is a setting or utility that will allow me to manually limit the allocation of memory to a specific program.

The situation. Vista 64 is running perfectly, and so are all my applications save for one. Maya 8.5, 64Bit edition, which runs fine using 6GB of memory installed, doesn't function when I install the fourth stick, @8GB.

I have ruled out bad hardware. I have tested each stick of ram, and each dimm slot on the motherboard thoroughly. I have also tested out different RAM settings in the BIOS, which is the most up to date bios, Rev 2004. My only option as it stands is to remove a stick of memory for the time being and hope for better software compatibility with the next release. Unless they're happens to be a way to manually limit the ammount of Memory Maya has access to, which would allow me to keep my system in tact.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated -Derek

Vista 64 Premium
Asus P5W DH Deluxe
8GB GSKill DDR2 PQ series (4 sticks @2GB each)
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950XT 512MB
Corsair HX 620W PSU
3x Seagate Baracuta SATA 3.0GBS @320GB
 
I'm wondering if there is a setting or utility that will allow me to manually limit the allocation of memory to a specific program.

The situation. Vista 64 is running perfectly, and so are all my applications save for one. Maya 8.5, 64Bit edition, which runs fine using 6GB of memory installed, doesn't function when I install the fourth stick, @8GB.

I have ruled out bad hardware. I have tested each stick of ram, and each dimm slot on the motherboard thoroughly. I have also tested out different RAM settings in the BIOS, which is the most up to date bios, Rev 2004. My only option as it stands is to remove a stick of memory for the time being and hope for better software compatibility with the next release. Unless they're happens to be a way to manually limit the ammount of Memory Maya has access to, which would allow me to keep my system in tact.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated -Derek

Vista 64 Premium
Asus P5W DH Deluxe
8GB GSKill DDR2 PQ series (4 sticks @2GB each)
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1950XT 512MB
Corsair HX 620W PSU
3x Seagate Baracuta SATA 3.0GBS @320GB

Here is a useful, informative article on Superfetch and how memory performs and it's usage in Vista:

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2917&p=4
 

Mondoman

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I have ruled out bad hardware. I have tested each stick of ram, and each dimm slot on the motherboard thoroughly. ...
Did this include testing all 4 installed at once with something like memtest86+?

Also, what exactly do you mean by Maya 8.5 "doesn't function"?
 

Jettatore

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I did run a memory diagnostics tool with all 4 sticks installed. Passed.

Specifically, Maya opens, yet as soon as you do something, like go to edit a vertice on a model, it crashes to "Fatal Error".
 

Mondoman

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If you're pretty confident in your memory diagnostic (e.g. it's not Windows based, so it can examine all the RAM, and does pretty extensive testing with different bit patterns designed to maximize error detection), then I would contact your software manufacturer's tech support. They might have seen this problem already and have a workaround.
 

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Ok, will do. And I take it, that there is no way I can manually limit the memory that gets distributed to Maya? I'm just wondering if there is a way to trick Maya into thinking I have less memory.