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Windows 7: 6GB ram installed 5.5 usable ?

25 Dec 2009   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lamboss View Post
I updated the Bios to a much newer version and its detecting and using all 6GB installed now
I am not very happy happy with the bios tough because it freezes sometimes

Thanks for the help

Wishing you and everyone a Happy Christmas
Did you backup and save your previous bios version.

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25 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate

nope i didn back it up lol

yes its kinda lagging and it froze up but i reloaded the setup defaults and its working for now . Havent really checked it troughly after I reloaded the setup defaults
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25 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

open task manager, performance tab, then click resource monitor. you can see exactly how all of your ram is used and allocated.

and see this: only 2.5 gigs ram in 64 bit?

on the above link, the person who had their memory problem also had an nvidia card installed. see if you have memory reserved for hardware in the resource monitor.

those of us who jumped into the 64-bit windows arena like to have our systems with 4, 6, 8, 12, or 16 gigs of memory, but even though the architecture allows the addressing advantage over the 32-bit systems, you can only still use or have available a certain amount at any given time. meaning, part of your memory is always going to be in use by something--that's how it is. i have 8 installed in my system--at this time writing this, i have system info open, task manager open, resource monitor open, outlook 2007, and firefox with 8 tabs open--all of this along with the programs and services that start automatically and i only have available 5.97 gigs. it's not a problem--i know i have 8 gigs installed and for whatever task i need to perform, 5 to 6 gigs of my available memory is more than enough to get my task done in an efficient time. as adrian stated above, you're stats look good and everything seems in order.

that .5gigs "just sitting there doing nothing for you" are more than likely reserved by the os for hardware.

i'd be more concerned if you had 6 installed and only had 2 available--5.5, you're good
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25 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate

thx for the help mpcrsc562 but I managed to get the full 6gb back as usable when I updated the bios
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25 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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25 Dec 2009   #16


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
that .5gigs "just sitting there doing nothing for you" are more than likely reserved by the os for hardware.
Unless you have hardware that uses shared memory, there should be about zero reserved for the hardware if there is enough address space for all of it.
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