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Windows 7: VGA card holding 3GB system memory - no option in bios to disable

02 Jun 2015   #1
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
VGA card holding 3GB system memory - no option in bios to disable

I have googled this to no end, so now I post...

I have 6gb system memory. 3gb is available to windows.
My GTX750 is holding this extra memory- this was confirmed by checking graphics memory in DXDIAG - my card shows to have 4GB which accounts for the lost memory.

Google is full of a million hits of the same two fixes:

1- msconfig > boot > advanced > remove memory limit --- No memory limit has been set, this is fruitless.

2- Check bios and reassign the memory back to the system. --- Just spent half an hour going through my BIOS - there is absolutely no option, at all, anywhere to do this. I have used hundreds of different BIOS in my time - so this totally baffles me.


Phenom x4 840
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
nvidia GTX 750 1GB

Anyone have experience with this board?

Cheers


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02 Jun 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Test the RAMs one by one, check what they each report in resource monitor.
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02 Jun 2015   #3
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Test the RAMs one by one, check what they each report in resource monitor.
This isnt the problem dude. People who post "quick fixes" without even reading threads properly really irritate me.


Every stick of RAM works totally fine.


The problem is that 3gb of my system ram has been unnecessarily given to my video card.

If you read my post properly you would know that this is clearly not a case of bad ram. Bad ram would stop the PC booting or not show up at all.

This is a memory assignment issue.
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02 Jun 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

When you open memory tab of Resource monitor, do they show as hardware reserved? Post a screenshot.
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02 Jun 2015   #5
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes they are. I have already said they are assigned to my VGA card....


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02 Jun 2015   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

What slots do you have your RAM installed on the motherboard? Can you please update your system specs completely, your graphics card reads differently to what you've listed in the thread so we don't know if your other specs are up to date.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eiac View Post
Bad ram would stop the PC booting or not show up at all.
This is also completely wrong. While I don't believe bad RAM is your issue (it's how you have it installed) the above statement is utterly false. Just in case people who stumble on this thread take it as gospel.
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02 Jun 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

How is 6GB formed? 3x2GB - 4+2GB? Dual-channel enabled in BIOS ganged/unganged?

Just as examples
Hardware Reserved Ram 8GB! [Solved] - RAM - Memory - ram incompatibility
6GB of "Hardware Reserved" memory? [Solved] - Memory - Memory - 4+2 incompatibility
Hardware reserved ram [Solved] - Corsair - Memory driver issue
BIOS/Windows recognizes half memory [Solved] - Memory - Memory - check the last posts

Try uninstalling the GPU driver/may also be chipset
Try a clean restart (Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup)
Try in Safe Mode

Some people with dual boot say Win7 is reserved while 8 is ok, etc.

I won't say to run memtest now, but do start one when you go to sleep to eliminate the doubt, nothing more.
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02 Jun 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

For sure we need proper system specs.
This tutorial by Brink should help.

System Info - See Your System Specs


Lets see a picture of this from your computer.

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04 Jun 2015   #9
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Layback Bear I have already stated that there is NO maximum limit set in msconfig. This is one of the results google pumps out a thousand times. I've seen this fix before, if it was the problem I wouldn't be posting here. No need for that screenshot as it wont tell you anything useful.

Phenom II x4 840 AM3
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
6GB DDR3 1600 (dual ch. 2x2gb, dual ch. 2x1gb)
GTX750 1gb
Samsung 840 pro ssd.
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04 Jun 2015   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
What slots do you have your RAM installed on the motherboard?
Answer this please.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Can you please update your system specs completely, your graphics card reads differently to what you've listed in the thread as does your motherboard so we don't know if your other specs are up to date.
Do this please.
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