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Windows 7: Windows reporting less memory usable


03 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 
Windows reporting less memory usable

I was having a debate about this issue and my friend suggested the problem could be that the heatsink is on too tight. I told him "That's ridiculous!" He pointed me to this site where it is listed as a possible solution to this problem. (see point 8 Asus X58 + 6/12GB memory overclocking - detecting less memory than installed - i4memory.com - different look at memory)

I've never heard of this and can't find reference to it anywhere else.

So my question is: Do you think this is a valid fix? Have you seen this fix the problem?

To be clear, the problem I mean is that in System Properties Windows reports, for example, 4GB RAM installed (3GB usable) in a 64bit OS.

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03 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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To be clear, the problem I mean is that in System Properties Windows reports, for example, 4GB RAM installed (3GBusable)
Maybe its a 32-bit system

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the heatsink is on too tight.
Heatsinks have nothing to do with RAM but some points in this list are true
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03 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
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To be clear, the problem I mean is that in System Properties Windows reports, for example, 4GB RAM installed (3GBusable)
Maybe its a 32-bit system
I should have been clearer. I meant in a 64bit OS. Updated 1st post

The theory behind the idea is that a tight heatsink could have bent a pin or 2 on the CPU and that is why it is using less RAM. Doesn't sound right to me but maybe I'm wrong.
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03 Nov 2010   #4

 
 

What results do you get running Resource Monitor (type resmon into the start box)? Click the 'Memory' tab...
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03 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

It's not my problem. It was a debate I was having with someone.
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03 Nov 2010   #6

 
 

The reason I mention that is if there's any Hardware Reserved memory it's probably being used by his video card (if shared memory is present).
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03 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

OK..I'll be clearer. This is theoretical. The usual fixes don't work (it's not the graphics card, remapping in the BIOS, Max Memory is unticked) Some say that the heatsink has bent CPU pins and this is why it is reporting less RAM is available. Loosening the heatsink/waterblock is the answer (like it says in the link I posted)
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03 Nov 2010   #8

 
 

Just trying to add more fuel for ya
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03 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

No need. He may be right but I can't find any evidence that suggests he is other than site I linked in the 1st post.
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03 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had such a problem, and the problem was in the processor because it does not suport to all my frame 6GB DDR3, but suporto Installed 6GB (4GB Usable),Ultimately I decided a little more powerful processor, and everything is set straight.

You apologize for my poor English
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