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Windows 7: RAM going to hardware


07 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
RAM going to hardware

Hello all,

First post and I thought of you guys first since I'm having a very odd issue.

First off so I don't get this! I'm on Windows 7 Professional x64, so it isn't limiting my RAM for having x86!

I have 8GB (4x 2GB) sticks of RAM installed, and it recognizes this, but it still only shows that 7GB are available for use. I checked it out under performance monitor and for some reason 1GB of it is going to my hardware.



Now I have 2 video cards each with 512 MB of RAM on them.. for some reason I'm guessing it's not recognizing those.

Any idea what the heck is going on in my system? Thanks in advance!

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07 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

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Size:  42.9 KB Check under preformance in task mngr it is probably being used in cache,and paged and non paged.


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07 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 64 bits Ultimate
 
 

Hi all, I'm having a relative issue. I have 12 gb of RAM, and with no applications running, it consumes 1.47gb from the very beginning? Does anybody have an idea of why so much? Thanks,
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07 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Check your BIOS for an entry that will relocate your video ram (goes by different names). Some motherboards can't do it though.

By default the video ram does sit in the lower 4 gig. Having a 64 system means you can have more than 4 gig of ram installed, but doesn't get you around the fact that your hardware may [edit]still need to use[/edit] still block some of it.

Even if you can relocate your video memory above the 4 gig line, if you have 8 gig in your machine it may still show up as a hole... again, motherboard/BIOS dependant.

BTW that bar graph doesn't give you the relative locations of those memory usages, merely the amounts in use... The hardware hole is not at the begining of the ram it's most likely on the 3-4 gig. mark
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07 Oct 2009   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gusgestal View Post
Hi all, I'm having a relative issue. I have 12 gb of RAM, and with no applications running, it consumes 1.47gb from the very beginning? Does anybody have an idea of why so much? Thanks,
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Its supposed to. win 7 aloocates ram differently than previous OS's. You spent good money on the 12 gigs you have dont you want them to be used as much as they can?


ken
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07 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I understand that it's relocating the video RAM, but I'm still missing a GB of RAM somewhere.

I have 1GB on my video cards combined, then 8 GB installed. Why would the video cards be taking away from the 8GB? Wouldn't it be adding to make it 9 instead?
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07 Oct 2009   #7

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KtotheFC View Post
I understand that it's relocating the video RAM, but I'm still missing a GB of RAM somewhere.

I have 1GB on my video cards combined, then 8 GB installed. Why would the video cards be taking away from the 8GB? Wouldn't it be adding to make it 9 instead?
Don't worry, although your cards have 512mb each,
Windows reserves another gig for them in case it's needed,
The more mem you have, the more will be reserved.

Since you have 8gb, I recommend disabling the pagefile.
You won't ever run out of ram under normal circumstances.

Good luck
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07 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How would I go about doing that? =x Sorry I'm a noob lol
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07 Oct 2009   #9

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KtotheFC View Post
How would I go about doing that? =x Sorry I'm a noob lol
1. click startorb
2. rightclick on computer (in right menu)
3. click properties
4. in appearing window on the left side you'll see "advanced system settings"
click on it
5. the next dialog select "advanced" tab if not already selected
6. under performance click the "settings" button
7. in the next dialog there is another "advanced" tab
select it
8. under virtual memory click "edit"
9. in the next dialog uncheck the box "let windows....."
10. in the list click on your C: drive
11. check the "no swapfile" bullet
12. click ok a few times until you are back to the first screen.
13. Reboot your machine.

Good luck
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07 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Depending on the motherboard, sometimes the relocation ofthe video ram only gets pushed up to the 5th gig :/

Now since you obviously have a 64 bit ready MB that cn take more than 4G of ram... It wold seem hard to believe that they were only relocating the video ream from the 4th gig of ram to the 5th, it should be moved to the 9th, 13th or maybe the 200th, whatever was just beyond the max ram the MB wwould accept.

At that point I run out of steam about the limitations the BIOS might have with where it can move the video ram to attempt to get it off main ram space though...
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