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Windows 7: Solution to RAM useage


19 Aug 2013   #1

windows7 x64
 
 
Solution to RAM useage

I just had a thought ,
this problem may have been addressed and solved already, I just want to throw in my 2 cents.

I have Windows 7 x 64 running, and have tried different makes of RAM, but can only get 4 gigs to be used on the Os regardless of how much I add. Have tried all solutions from many forums none have worked.

This may the the prob- Since I upgraded from XP in 32 bit, Windows 7 is only going to give me 4 gigs even in 64 bit enviroment because I upgraded from a 32 bit enviroment. The only way I can prove my theory is to wipe the HD and start over, which I am not prepared to do because of the work involved backing up and reloading data. Not too mention the possible problems with verification.


It is the only answer that seems to make any sense.


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19 Aug 2013   #2

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Hi delamite,

Interesting theory.

I have done quite a bit of research on this issue, as I too was a victim of this.

Have you looked in Resource Monitor under the Memory TAB to see what RAM is being used and where?

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/12523-resource-monitor.html

Sometimes the RAM is Hardware Reserved, might be worth a look to see?

The method that worked for me was :

Open msconfig:

1. Click the Win+R key combination to open the run dialog box. Or Start and type Run in search box.
2. Type msconfig.exe
3. Click either OK or the Enter key to run the command
4. Once the System Configuration Windows opens, select the Boot tab.
5. Click Advance Options and uncheck the boxes for "Number of Processors" and "Maximum Memory".
6. Click OK then on the Configuration Window, click Apply. Reboot and check RAM status.

Also badly seated/dirty RAM (Check for dust etc), or badly seated CPU, whereby the pins
are not making correct contact with the socket, may cause this problem, check both.

BIOS settings?!? Is the Memory Remap feature in Bios set to enabled, as this too can
be responsible for this error? (If you have this feature)

Hope this helps.

cheers

Dave
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19 Aug 2013   #3

windows7 x64
 
 

thx for reply,
but none of those fixed the problem. And I do not have the memory remap in my bios settings. Like I said, have tried several different brand RAM and does not affect it.
The resource monitor also shows only 4 gigs of RAM just as the bios does.

Another interesting test would be to load a Distro from DVD, and see if all the RAM added is being used. I don not know what this would prove I guess, except that the Mboard is capable of using the installed RAM?
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19 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

delamite please post one of these. So we can see what Windows is doing with your ram.

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19 Aug 2013   #5

windows7 x64
 
 

ok,
here you go, I would really like to get to the bottom of this prob.

It should also be noted my MB has (2) DDR3 slots, and I currently have 2x6 gig sticks (12 gig total) of Mushkin RAM in those slots.

I have also tried 2x4 gig Corsair sticks, with the same result.....only 4 gigs used?


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19 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well you are correct, Windows 7 is only seeing 4 gigs of ram. In order to investigate farther we need your system specs as complete as possible. These two things will help you.

System Info - See Your System Specs

Speccy - System Information - Free Download
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19 Aug 2013   #7

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Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Am I going mad or did that screenshot of yours I just looked at say:

RAM Available: 11026MB free

Now it is changed to 2948MB free

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19 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Northernsoul55 what picture are you referring to?
Post #4 is my system
Post #5 is delamite specs.
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19 Aug 2013   #9

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here come the pics ....


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