3gb out of 4gb showing

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February 8, 2010 at 14:02:52
Specs: Windows 7, amd 64/3800+ 4gb
I'm using Windows 7 and just installed 2 new 1 gb sticks into my MOBO, Asus a8ne, for amd socket 939. They are all the same brand.

The problem is that, in system information, it tells me that 4gb are installed, but only 3gb available for use.

what's with this?

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February 8, 2010 at 15:31:19
32-bit version of Win7?

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February 8, 2010 at 19:45:16
Your Available Physical memory is always a smaller figure than your Total Physical Memory, because some of it is always being used by programs in Windows itself and can't be used by the user.
If you have and are using onboard video, that uses some of the Physical Memory all the time.

The 4gb virtual memory address limit for 32 bit operating systems.
An example of 3gb working better than 4gb in a 32 bit operating system.

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Some ram manufacturer's modules do not strictly adhere to the JEDEC standards that most mboards bioses use to determine ram settings.
In that case, the ram settings in the bios Setup that the bios has automatically chosen may not be correct.
Check the ram settings in your bios - the ram voltage, and the ram timing numbers - those should be the same as for the specs for modules themselves. Often the ram voltage and timing numbers are printed on the label on the modules.

If the voltage setting or timings settings in the bios are different from the specs for the ram, change them in the bios. The timing numbers must be as close as you can get to the same, or slower timings (higher numbers = slower) - you won't notice the difference the slower settings make.

If you have a mix of different modules
- don't mix ram that different voltages are specified for - the bios will force the ram to use the lowest voltage, if "by spd" or similar is used (default settings) - ram that a higher voltage is specified for is more likely to not work properly in that situation.
- the bios settings must be those for the slowest timing settings of all the modules, or slower (higher numbers = slower).

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