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Windows 7: Only 2.93gb of memory available

15 Nov 2010   #11
zafod37

windows 7 home premium
 
 

I am unsure what if any video card it has sorry.


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15 Nov 2010   #12
Orbital Shark

 
 

Right-click the desktop, select 'Screen Resolution' then click advanced settings. This will show you you're GFX card details

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15 Nov 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is the classic 32bit problem. However, do not expect wonders from the 64bit version. Yes it will have more RAM for caching, but under normal operation, the 2.9GBs are plenty to run smoothly. You will probably never run out of RAM for program execution.
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15 Nov 2010   #14
zafod37

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Right-click the desktop, select 'Screen Resolution' then click advanced settings. This will show you you're GFX card details

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lol thanks, hers a screenshot


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15 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I an not sure what the "Shared Systen Memory" number tells us. I have a 9500GT with 512MB dedicated memory and it also shows 1279MBs of Shared Memory.
Yet, in Resouce Monitor it shows only 2MBs as Hardware Reserved - and that is for the BIOS.


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15 Nov 2010   #16
zafod37

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is the classic 32bit problem. However, do not expect wonders from the 64bit version. Yes it will have more RAM for caching, but under normal operation, the 2.9GBs are plenty to run smoothly. You will probably never run out of RAM for program execution.
Yeah there has been a good improvement since installing the new memory module, I guess I am just wanting my moneys worth lol.

I also have a 4gb stick drive capable of running ready boost so I ain't too worried. Thing I am most grateful of is the fact the keys dont keep falling off like my old acer lol. Most grateful for the help guys.

Mark
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15 Nov 2010   #17
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I an not sure what the "Shared Systen Memory" number tells us.
Video Memory Virtualization - A Brief Guide
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15 Nov 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks stormy. Very good tut. Things are clearer now. I did not know that there was a vitualization manager for video memory.
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15 Nov 2010   #19
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

@WHS **Shared Memory Architecture In computer architecture, Shared Memory Architecture (SMA) refers to a design where the graphics chip does not have its own dedicated memory, and instead shares the main system RAM with the CPU and other components.
This design is used with many integrated graphics solutions to reduce the cost and complexity of the motherboard design, as no additional memory chips are required on the board. There is usually some mechanism (via the BIOS or a jumper setting) to select the amount of system memory to use for graphics, which means that the graphics system can be tailored to only use as much RAM as is actually required, leaving the rest free for applications. A side effect of this is that when some RAM is allocated for graphics, it becomes effectively unavailable for anything else, so an example computer with 512 MiB RAM set up with 64MiB graphics RAM will appear to the operating system and user to only have 448 MiB RAM installed.
**EXTRACT FROM** Shared Memory Architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

**ALSO SEE** Shared memory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_memory
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15 Nov 2010   #20
brianzion

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I an not sure what the "Shared Systen Memory" number tells us.
Video Memory Virtualization - A Brief Guide
nice post good link for info great piece
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