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Windows 7: New but not a newby; question about memory usage

21 Feb 2010   #1
RayTheRat

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
New but not a newby; question about memory usage

I've been working with different types of computers since 1966. I've built many of my own systems and now I have a rather large system running Win7 Pro

As it shows in my sig, I have a 2 x quad-core system with 16 gig registered RAM.

I've noticed in Resource Monitor it seems to only use 8 gig and marks 8 gig as "Standby", even when I have the box loaded down with processes.

Is 8 gig the max that can be accessed by "normal" processes? Is there a tweak I can make to allow all memory to be used? Btw, there's 8 gig assigned to each CPU. It's on a Tyan Thunder N3600B mobo.

I'd appreciate any insight on this.


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21 Feb 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RayTheRat View Post
I've been working with different types of computers since 1966. I've built many of my own systems and now I have a rather large system running Win7 Pro

As it shows in my sig, I have a 2 x quad-core system with 16 gig registered RAM.

I've noticed in Resource Monitor it seems to only use 8 gig and marks 8 gig as "Standby", even when I have the box loaded down with processes.

Is 8 gig the max that can be accessed by "normal" processes? Is there a tweak I can make to allow all memory to be used? Btw, there's 8 gig assigned to each CPU. It's on a Tyan Thunder N3600B mobo.

I'd appreciate any insight on this.


Ray

Go into msconfig and look for a "max mem" setting. It should be unchecked. Might as well check for max cpu, it too should be unchecked.

Let us know if you need help

Ken
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21 Feb 2010   #3
RayTheRat

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Nope. Not that I saw. I looked into the MS Developer's data and there and in numerous other places on the web the limit for W7 Pro 64-bit is stated to be 192 GB.

I didn't find any info on any way to change a virtual limit or anything of that nature.

I ran a program (Winutilities) which may or may not be accurate, but it showed 8.8 gig available ram. If that's the case, it's not ignoring the ram on one of the CPUs; if it was, it'd only show 8 gig...or so I'd think.

Well, I'm still in the tuning phase of this system. I'd hoped to have another month or so to tweak it (and add liquid cooling to the CPUs) but my second career as a photographer and webmaster interfered and forced me to put it into service last week since I have a backlog of work that needs to be done. Ohh...my first career was as a financial systems programmer/analyst. Heart disease cut that short a little before I was ready to retire. Seems like everything's arriving early these days except spring and mail.


Thanks,
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21 Feb 2010   #4
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Post a screenshot of resmon.exe memory's tab and the summary screen of HWInfo32.
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22 Feb 2010   #5
RayTheRat

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Sure. Here they are. I'm surprised to see the 2.4 ghz clock speed. I thought I'd set that to 3.0...but then my memory problems are why I had to retire, so....

Well, anyway, here they are.


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24 Feb 2010   #6
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

That looks OK - strange that HWInfo reports 32GB though. Do the modules all match up in the program?
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24 Feb 2010   #7
RayTheRat

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure what you mean by "in the program." In resmon, the total amount is shown correctly.

Could you clarify that a little?

Thanks,
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25 Feb 2010   #8
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

HWInfo32 lists 32GB, in the app, can you select the modules and see if they are correctly identified? Everything looks OK though.
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