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Windows 7: Widows won't use all of my RAM???

21 Sep 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I see you have 2 460 video cards is that correct? They will be reserving a lot of hardware memory. Dual monitors. The more hardware that is attached to the computer the more memory is in hardware reserve. What those amount are per add on I don't know.


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21 Sep 2012   #12
Henness

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Why does it fluctuate from 4 to 8 GB if Im not adding or removing any hardware? Also I never had this problem when I had 4 GB I was able to use almost all of it and I had Both monitors.
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21 Sep 2012   #13
Henness

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Okay, here it is with only 3.99 usable. Does anyone have any ideas?

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22 Sep 2012   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I don't know what is causing it. If it was my computer I would start with default.
No over clocking of anything. Make note of ram changes. Using the mother manual I would make sure all my ram is installed correctly. I would check the EVGA motherboard Forum to see it any body else is having this problem.
Then I would use the computer with the onboard video and make note of the changes in ram use. Add one GTX 460SE and make note of ram changes. It's a process of elimination. Some piece of hardware is asking Windows for more ram in reserve at times. I'm thinking because of the large amount be requested it is probably the video cards. Double check and make sure the bios are correct.
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22 Sep 2012   #15
Henness

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

My motherboard doesn't have on board graphics, Ill go see on the evga forum to see if anyone else has this problem.
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22 Sep 2012   #16
Henness

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It turns out from process of elimination that 3 of my 6 sticks of RAM are defective, and one of them ocationaly works thats why it sometimes would be 3.99GB rather than 7.99GB.

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23 Sep 2012   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Three out of six I call very bad luck. I'm glad you got it figured out. Those types of things is always a process of elimination and time. Your ram usage in Resource Monitor look great. I keep Resource Monitor on my task bar so I can take a peak at the ram a few times a day to make sure things stay as set.
Mark this thread Solved if you are happy.
Just for information. I have tall heavy ram heat sinks and I added a dual fan cooler. It took me a long time to figure out that the weight of the heat sinks and the ram cooler at times would wiggle a stick or two of ram loose. Reseated the ram and left the cooler off and it has been two weeks with no problem.
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23 Sep 2012   #18
Wrend

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit, Debian GNU/Linux 64bit (virtual machine on a RAM drive)
 
 

I would guess more likely a compatibility, stability, or tolerance issue than the DIMMs being bad. Of course, make sure your BIOS are updated. I've heard of a lot of people having issues with getting high capacity and speed RAM to work with multiple DIMMs on more than a few recent motherboards, including EVGA's. Sometimes a BIOS update will resolve the issues.
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23 Sep 2012   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My way of thinking is little different than many others. If I have problem (A) and a bios update address that problem (A) then I update the bios. If a bios update doesn't address problem (A) I look for other methods to repair problem (A). Most bios updated are to address a problem some people are having with their/there system. I keep hand written notes in my motherboard manual of the bios I have used and what was the effect. I'm about 3 updates behind but I'm not having a problem so I won't change them just because their/there is a new update.
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23 Sep 2012   #20
Henness

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It ended up being four and they were two sets I bought at the same time, so I think I got a bad batch. And The RAM is bad because my computer wont even post with one of the bad sticks in by them selves. I ended up finding a few things that helped me on the EVGA forums. I tried every thing that person said and the RAM was the only think that didn't check out. The good thing is my RAM has a life time warranty. Thanks for your help.
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