Missing RAM ?

  EARLR 09:46 29 Jun 2011

Installed 4GB ram last week on Vista then installed win7 home prem. yesterday system now says 4GB installed 2.87 usable

any ideas?

  wee eddie 10:07 29 Jun 2011

32bit ~ 64bit?

  Taff™ 10:10 29 Jun 2011

My guess is 32 bit. The Video has probably got 512 Mb reserved for it which added to 2.87 equals roughly 3.5 Gb and there`s the clue.....

  chub_tor 10:13 29 Jun 2011

My guess is that you have a 32 bit version of Win 7 and Microsoft have limited the maximum amount of RAM that it can address on 32 bit systems to 4 Gb. From that you can subtract the amount of RAM that your graphics card and your system will use and your system. However 2.87 seems low to me, most 32 bit systems show around 3.2 to 3.5Gb.

  Taff™ 10:21 29 Jun 2011

So check how much is reserved for video which could make up the difference between our two guesses!

  EARLR 10:24 29 Jun 2011

Thanks; That might be it. It's a 32 bit Toshiba laptop with a celeron dual-core t1600 @ 1.66 GHz processer. It does seem that its a little low.

will leave thread open a while

  EARLR 10:35 29 Jun 2011

How can I see how much is reserved ?

  woodchip 11:03 29 Jun 2011

No guess, Windows is using the rest unless its a 32bit OS system, where it cannot see it all plus if its onboard Graphics you also lose it there

  woodchip 11:05 29 Jun 2011

If its a Laptop, then the Onboard Graphics is using the ram or some of it

  Taff™ 11:10 29 Jun 2011

EARLR - Post back your make and model - someone will find it for you.

  EARLR 18:45 29 Jun 2011

Thanks Taff; Its a toshiba satelite L300 celeron dual-core t1600 1.6 GHz. PS will it run win7 64 bit?

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