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Windows 7: 4GB of ram But only 3.25 GB usable

10 Oct 2010   #1
Max Ward

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
4GB of ram But only 3.25 GB usable

I have windows 7 64bit edition a quad core processor, and 4 gb of ram. When I go to system in control panel it tells me that I have 4 gb of ram install but only 3.25 is usable, I looked this up on the internet and I found a forum that said Some memory could be allocated to the on-board graphics (which I don't use I have a graphics card) so I went into my bios but I could not find a single setting to turn off on-board graphics, then i read that you can turn on something called "memory remapping" but I couldnt find a setting for that in bios either. Is there anyway of fixing this?

I have An Abit I-G31 motherboard.

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10 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

If you have not setup your BIOS to use the graphics card, you are probably still using the on-board graphics. And that can easily account for the missing MBs. But there must be a way to change your BIOS. I suggest you look again.
You should also have a look at the Resource Monitor > Memory tab. What does that show for "hardware reserved" - the grey area on the left of the colored bar.
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10 Oct 2010   #3
Max Ward

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It just says hardware reserved 770 mb's and there is no setting in my bios for disabling or enabling my on board graphics
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 4GB of ram But only 3.25 GB usable

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