I have an old Packard Bell Easynote with 2 x 1GB PC2-5300 Ram, I updated it to 2 x 2GB as I understand it would recognize 4GB maximum. Going into "System" it shows 4GB But 2.87GB usable. Is this normal or have I done something wrong installing it?
I suspect you have a 32bit operating system and so this will only recognise about 3.5GB RAM.
And I would reckon you have onboard graphics which is using about .5GB - you may be able to reduce this in BIOS / Setup
Jollyjohn, I can't find Graphic Properties. All I can find is System Overview Bios Version 206/Processor Intel R Core TM2/CPU T5500 @1.66GHz/Speed 1667MHz/System Memory 2936MB. The Model is as far as I can see is Packard Bell Easynote BU.I can't find anything under North/Southbridge, is that the processor.
Brynit & Jollyjohn thanks for the helpful replies, the link explained it well although a lot of it was above me. One thought struck me was would installing Linux make any difference. as I said the Notebook is only to mess around with and try to learn a bit more about what makes them tick.