Lego Mindstorm NXT on Windows 7

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Lego MindStorm NXT v1.1 fails to see your RAM when installing on Windows 7.  Below is an image of the error I get on a 2.4Ghz QuadCore, 4GB RAM system with TerraBytes of hard drive space:

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“Your system does not have enough memory to run LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.  LEGO MINSTORMS NXT requires 256MB of RAM or more.

For more details see your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT documentation or visit www.MINDSTORMS.com/support

If there’s any doubt, here’s a snapshot of my System information:

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I clicked “OK” on the “NXT Install Notice!” dialog box and it installed anyway.

A second window comes up:

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“The version of Windows on your system does not meet the requirements of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT requires Windows XP with at least Service Pack 2.

For more details see your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT documentation or visit  www.MINDSTORMS.com/support

Well, I’ve got 16 times as much RAM as what it needs.  After clicking “OK”, it went through the install anyway.  I did have the Berkely BOINC software running utilizing most of my CPU and probably most of my RAM.  I snoozed it but still got the error.  Task Manager shows well over 1GB of RAM free.

It appears that it installed anyway.

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I’ll report back later by adding a link to the bottom of this story with my experience in using this cool product.  I bought this for my kids for Christmas of 2008, but have never used it.  It’s now February 2010 and I’m finally getting around to actually messing with it.  Sadly, since then, they’ve come out with Mindstorms NXT 2.0 hardware.  I do not yet have that.

So, check back for links below this paragraph for tips and stuff.

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