|okay, I've been around the internet with this annoying problem for months now, and it has got to stop. I'll dish out the details here|
I have a Toshiba Satellite m55 s1001 with Windows XP Home, service pack 3, 1.6 Ghz.
My BIOS says I have 894 MB of ram, but on startup it says 896. On windows xp, it says I have 895. but this is likely just the individual components rounding them. The problem is, I have installed 2 GB of ram, and the individual ram chips have been tested on several other computers and work perfectly fine. I have tried switching chips, and it works, but still says 895Mb. I think it is definitely a hardware problem, so I tried using memtest86. I have burned the discs directly from the original .iso files, no, I did not copy the files directly. I also tried using different programs to burn it, but it never boots. I also tried using similar memory testing programs, but with no avail. NOW I have a problem with my disc drive, it seems.
Also, Cpu-Z says I have the full 2 gigs, which further confuses me.
I really need to get the full 2 gigs recognized (and used) so that I can install windows 7.
I really need help with this problem; it is plaguing my laptop with slowness, and is just plain annoying.