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Windows 7: Ram Problems Please Help

09 Jan 2011   #1
charrrrr271

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Ram Problems Please Help

Currently I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit and this is what I found in the control panel:
Installed memory (RAM): 4.00GB (2.99 usable)

I was simply wondering if there was any way (through patches for example) that I could increase the usable ram for my PC. Please do not reply, "you cant, thats how its meant to be".


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09 Jan 2011   #2
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Sadly, on 32-bit.....you can't, that's how its meant to be. Not to be rude, but try a search on this board. This has been discussed over and over again on there really is no point in having everyone type out those answers again.
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09 Jan 2011   #3
charrrrr271

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks dont worry about it. that kind of sucks though
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09 Jan 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

If it's a laptop, some is allocated to video memory.
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09 Jan 2011   #5
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charrrrr271 View Post
thanks dont worry about it. that kind of sucks though
You can always go to 64 bit to have full use of all RAM
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09 Jan 2011   #6
charrrrr271

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I guess so
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10 Jan 2011   #7
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's not so much the way it is meant to be, but rather that there is not alternative other than using 64-bit. Allow me to explain.

Humans think in decimal (0..9). To calculat the total numbers that can be represented by any given number of digits, you use the formula 10^X, where X is the number of digits in the number. Thus 10^3=1000 because a 3 digit number can represent 0..999.

Computers "think" in binary (0..1), and the same rule applies to calculate the maximum number that can be represented by a binary number. 2^X, where X is the number of digits in a binary number. Thus 2^8=256, because an 8-bit binary number can represent 0..255 (decimal).

Following the same rule of 2^32, you get 4,294,967,296. This is the maximum address space therefore that can be represented by a 32-bit address.

4,294,967,296 Bytes / 1024 = 4,194,304 KB
4,194,304 KB / 1024 = 4,096 MB
4,096 MB / 1024 = 4GB

The reason why your system shows 4GB installed, but only 2.99GB as usable, is because the deficit is already in use - by hardware, and the address spaces given to every device must be allocated somewhere within the 4GB limit. Devices such as timers, keyboard controllers, usb controllers, irq controllers, bios, etc must each have at least some memory allocated in order to function. Anything and everything that is part of the motherboard internal functions, or an expansion slot. This allocation happens on the hardware level, and whatever remains is available to the system, and varies depending on configuration. My old motherboard, when using a 32-bit Windows, showed 3.5GB available.

The only open alternative to you would be to either get a better motherboard that makes more efficient use of memory, or to change to a 64-bit operating system. Switching to 64-bit is the better choice, not the least of which would be because of enhanced security and stability.
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11 Jan 2011   #8
Here To Help

Windows 7 Pro x64 Bit
 
 

Try this:

Go to "Start" then type in the search bar "msconfig" and press "enter."

Next go to the "Boot" tab and click on "Advanced Options..."

Now check in the "Maximum Memory" box and raise the amout as high as it can go.

Restart the computer and in control panel go see how much is usable.
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11 Jan 2011   #9
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Here To Help View Post
Try this:

Go to "Start" then type in the search bar "msconfig" and press "enter."

Next go to the "Boot" tab and click on "Advanced Options..."

Now check in the "Maximum Memory" box and raise the amout as high as it can go.

Restart the computer and in control panel go see how much is usable.
No, no. The checkbox should be UNCHECKED and the box below that should be disabled. That is what it should be. DO NOT CHECK that box or even mess with that window. The purpose for those settings is only to disable hardware resources for testing.
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11 Jan 2011   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

This is an excellent summary of the differences between 32 and 64 bit by LordBob. It will explain everything for you.

https://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...omparison.html
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