thanks for your replies ... here are my comments to your suggestions/remarks
x Husse: ... all newer mboards support to up to 8GB ... for example look at P35 Neo2 from MSI http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func ... at2_no=170
x BlahBlah_X: ... I have thought about installing Ubuntu 64-bit edition but I am new at Linux so am afraid to encounter errors that will take forever to be solved ... also, I have decided to finally move to Linux because of the beauty of Mint !!! and so far there is no 64-bit version of Mint
x Fred: ... do you mean that I should recompile Mint with the option for >4gb? ... if the answer is yes, then I would not see it as an option for me ... as I said, I am completely new to Linux and would like to install Mint because it seems to simple to use compared to other Linux distro ... (greetings to Sarah !!!) ...
Basically, my question would be ... if I install Mint (without recompile it) on a desktop with 8gb of Ram, what will happen?
Will Mint see only 4 gb of Ram and ignore the other 4gb?
Would it be possible to install Ubuntu 64bit version and then transform it in Mint?
has anyone tried to recompile Mint?
Thanks in advance to everyone for helping me with this !!!