Quote: Originally Posted by hitaru
also my resource monitor says that i have alittle over 2g of hardware reserved. not sure if that is normal or not
Actually, what you're seeing is normal for a 32-bit operating system. When I was (a long time ago) still using 32-bit Windows, it showed 3.5GB usable of 4GB installed.
But in your case, 1.87GB usable is the worst I've seen. Most of the "hardware reserved" is being taken up by your graphics card, which accounts for 1GB. The rest of it is other hardware, such as usb devices, disk controllers, timers, etc.
This happens on 32-bit machines because 32-bit is limited to 4GB. The math is as follows:
2^32 = 4294967296 bytes
4294967296 = 4194304KB
4194304KB = 4096MB
4096MB = 4GB
The only way for you to resolve this issue is to remove or disable some uneeded hardware to see if your usable memory is increased.
Or better yet, switch to Windows 64 bit...