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Sky - I didn't mean that disks are a replacement for memory - but at some point, the swapping in the background becomes less of an annoyance, and works more smoothly and transparently. I believe that that point is between 2-3 GB of memory.
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With all these discussions of 32bit vs. 64 bit Windows, I'm curious if there is really that big of a difference for medium size Arc or Global Mapper work.

I have spent 96% of my time in OS X, but anticipate that % growing a bit to run more Arc and Global Mapper sessions.

At present I have a VMware environment with Windows 2000 Professional installed, and am trying to recover a WinXP install from VirtualPC disk format (It seems like a terrible waste to buy two copies of Win XP when I'm only going to run one virtual PC). Are there big benefits for advancing to XP32 or XP64 for Arc users? I will most likely be exporting maps from Arc or GM to Illustrator on OS X, so issues of font limitations or printing from Windows are largely irrelevant as far as I can tell.

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With all these discussions of 32bit vs. 64 bit Windows, I'm curious if there is really that big of a difference for medium size Arc or Global Mapper work.


Neither Arc nor Global Mapper have 64-bit binaries available, so going 64-bit won't make a difference at the current time.

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Neither Arc nor Global Mapper have 64-bit binaries available, so going 64-bit won't make a difference at the current time.


Not entirely true. You can actually get a larger block of contiguous memory under a 64bit OS when running a 32bit application. This can be an advantage when working on large raster files.



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Are there big benefits for advancing to XP32 or XP64 for Arc users?


Not sure about benefits but as said earlier in case you missed it Maplex doesn't work under XP64.
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I have dual boot (WinXP32&64). 64 bit WindowsXP is used primary for memory hungry apps like LIDAR (Terrasolid applications) processing software. Other software running under 32-bit Windows XP. I've multi monitor setup (2x24" + 1x21" LCDs) and I think that this is an excelent solution (well Wacom Cintiq monitor could still be significant improvement B) ). Smaller monitor shows system data (CPU&Memory load, free disk space, top CPU&RAM processes,... Samurize is my friend) and Total Commander window while 24" LCDs are used as my working space. Large LIDAR datasets demands also a large, fast and safe storage space so I've to use an Areca PCIe RAID controller that runs RAID5 on 4x500GB disks. System disk is WD 150GB Raptor and scratch disk is an "old" 250GB disk. I think that this setup should be enough for the next year. My replacement cycle (CPU, RAM and storage) is 2-3 years.

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Thank you ladies and gentlemen, I do believe I have more than enough information concerning proper hardware for intense cartographic applications. I appreciate your advice and wisdom.

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