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Windows 7: Memory Usage

24 Mar 2009   #11
bsm2003

Win7/ WinXP pro/ Mandriva Linux
 
 

Examples of Graphics Memory Reporting

however this article seems to be for on-board/discrete graphics cards only as far as I can tell.

So I have so far not received what I consider a good reason for sharing system memory with a separate installed graphics card with it's own memory.


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24 Mar 2009   #12
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bsm2003 View Post
Examples of Graphics Memory Reporting

however this article seems to be for on-board/discrete graphics cards only as far as I can tell.

So I have so far not received what I consider a good reason for sharing system memory with a separate installed graphics card with it's own memory.
I would hope this might explain it as i posted here
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24 Mar 2009   #13
bsm2003

Win7/ WinXP pro/ Mandriva Linux
 
 

So what's taking up 769 MB of my system memory then. I noticed in your hardware monitor that you only have 3 mb reserved.



Have found the problem. It's a bios setting for the motherboard that reduces the ram for 32bit or opens the full ram available for x64. The labeling for it is actually backwards just looking at the bios entry. have the proper setting and now I have the full 4GB available.




Here is the culprit.

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20 Mar 2010   #14
Danteb

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Hello everyone
I have the same problem. I recently upgraded an XP machine to Windows 7, half the physical RAM (1Gb) is "Hardware Reserved". The system runs good, better then XP did on it, but I would like to understand what is happening in the system.
The motherboard is an AOpen MK-89L with the NVIDIA nForce chipset.
The system is an AMD Athlon 64 2800+, it is a 64bit system running 32bit Win7 (and the 32bit XP before it). Could it be related to that? I dont think so but possible.
I upgraded the video card to an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT/512MB AGP card.
1GB (one stick, DDR) of RAM. It shows the 1GB installed but then shows (512 usable).
I've upgraded the BIOS to the latest from AOpen.
The system has an onboard sound chip, but Win7 didn't recognize it at all so I disabled the onboard chip in the BIOS and then added a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum.
The AGP Aperture setting in the BIOS was 64MB, I reset it for 512, tested it to see what happened, it just seemed to slowed the system down. Changed it to 32MB and it seems about the same as the 64MB setting.
I tried the msconfig.exe/max mem fix, neither of the settings were checked, so that was a no go.
Im looking into GART and the AGP3.5 driver, maybe there is an answer there.
Ive researched all the settings in my BIOS (boy wasnt that fun) but cant seem to find anything about memory mapping.
Why is it holding 512mb in reserve? What and where is the setting for it? Is it just a function of being an older mobo, and there is no way to adjust the mapping? Is it a bug, and will eventually get fixed?
Any answers are appreciated.
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20 Mar 2010   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Danteb View Post
Why is it holding 512mb in reserve? What and where is the setting for it? Is it just a function of being an older mobo, and there is no way to adjust the mapping? Is it a bug, and will eventually get fixed?
Any answers are appreciated.
The answer is with Nvidia, however, they are awfully tight lip. Something about Nvidia drivers or cards that make them reserve a portion of RAM. Don't know why...
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20 Mar 2010   #16
Danteb

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

thanks, I'l look into that.
I was also hoping to find out what the exact setting info BSM2003 was talking about in the BIOS, maybe I missed one.
Thanks again for the help.
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20 Mar 2010   #17
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Im looking into GART and the AGP3.5 driver, maybe there is an answer there.
Good luck with that as Nvidia didn't provide and AGP driver for the NF3 chipset and Windows 7. Have a search through our video card section and I doubt you will find much if anything with good results and that chipset (AGP version) and Windows 7, to the point the standard response is usually to wait on Windows 7 until such a time as the person upgrades the computer to something a little more recent and actually has 7 support (Nvidia dropped the NF3 like a hot potato shortly after the NF4 came out, with the last XP update almost 5 years ago).
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