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Windows 7: ram help


12 Feb 2010   #1

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ram help

how come when i look at computer properties, it says out of the 4 gigs of ram installed, only 3.25 of it is usable? where'd the rest go?

i am using a dell m90. 32 bit

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12 Feb 2010   #2

 

to the 32bit overlords
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12 Feb 2010   #3

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That's the maximum amount of RAM that a 32-bit Windows can use.

Kari
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12 Feb 2010   #4

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Yep, you cannot actually access all of it. 32-bit can address a total of 4GB..and that takes into account video memory, etc.

3.1 to 3.5GB is the most that you will see under 32-bit.
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12 Feb 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
That's the maximum amount of RAM that a 32-bit Windows can use.

Kari
i thought it was 4? im no computer geek so im not sure
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12 Feb 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Yep, you cannot actually access all of it. 32-bit can address a total of 4GB..and that takes into account video memory, etc.

3.1 to 3.5GB is the most that you will see under 32-bit.
ah well. that clears it up. thanks.
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12 Feb 2010   #7

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No. Pparks here above explained it better. Even your computer can see all of your 4 gigs, it can not access it all. To access all your RAM, you need a 64-bit Windows.

Kari
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12 Feb 2010   #8
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