Less RAM than I paid for

  Onizuka 10:48 23 Jan 2008

I have just splashed out on a Dell XPS 420 and, mindful of the advice to have as much RAM as can be afforded, I specified 4GB. I am a little disconcerted, therefore, to see that Windows Vista shows the RAM as 3326MB. When I bought an external 200GB hard drive a few years ago it turned out to be only 186GB and I seem to remember reading in a forum somewhere that the capacity is never as much as is claimed. Before I contact Dell about the RAM, can anyone tell me if the same principle applies or if it is reasonable to expect the system to show 4000MB.

  MAJ 10:51 23 Jan 2008

If your Vista/XP is 32-bit, it wont recognise 4GB of RAM, it will only recognise up to about 3.5GB.

  Onizuka 11:01 23 Jan 2008

MAJ - yes, my Vista is 32-bit. Does this mean I wasted my money?

  wjrt 11:04 23 Jan 2008

click here
mebbe explain

  iscanut 11:06 23 Jan 2008

You have got 4Gb but with a 32bit OS, it will only recognise just over 3Gb. You have not really wasted money as most of the 4Gb is used ( see MAJ above ), although if you had known this, 3Gb would have been sufficient !

  MAJ 11:14 23 Jan 2008

As Nuts says, Onizuka, you have 4GB installed and you might have saved a few quid by only getting 3GB.

  Onizuka 11:23 23 Jan 2008

Thanks everyone. I now understand the situation.

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