Ram cpacity display

September 27, 2009 at 02:41:36
Specs: Windows XP
My Ram capacity is 4GB (2+2), i am using windows xp (service pack 2),when i right click on my computer and see the computer configuration it is displaying 2.96 GB. plz let me know how i can solve this.

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#1
September 27, 2009 at 03:05:06
There is a limit on how much ram 32 bit editions of windows can use. The only way i could suggest is either getting a 64-bit edition of a windows operating system (Which would lower compatability and you would need to have a 64-bit processor) or another branch of operating system such as linux. Ubuntu is the most popular and as far as i know this would be the best choice. But the change is unnecessary, your not going to notice the difference in RAM unless you are a heavy graphics editor or play lots of games.

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#2
September 27, 2009 at 06:04:51
"Ubuntu is the most popular and as far as i know this would be the best choice."
You would also need to use the 64 bit version of this also, as there are both 32 & 64 bit versions

larry


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#3
September 27, 2009 at 06:11:45
Is this correct? I have only ever used the 32-bit edition and it has always registered my 6gb of ram (Or so i believe, i may be wrong.)

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#4
September 27, 2009 at 06:29:38
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/32bit_and_64bit

larry


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#5
September 27, 2009 at 06:34:06
Thanks for that buddy. However as the site suggests ubuntu 32-bit has a 4gb limit anyways, which as far as i know is what the original poster was after.

"A 32-bit computer has a word size of 32 bits, this limits the memory theoretically to 4GB. This barrier has been extended through the use of 'Physical Address Extension' (or PAE) which increases the limit to 64GB although the memory access above 4GB will be slightly slower."

Also, @Ravichand. You might want to check your post-screen & or bios information to tell whether the ram is detected by the computer. If it is registering 3GB of ram and you have x2 2gb cards then i beleive it probably would be but if you really wanna be sure then the default key for pausing a post-screen is the tab button.

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#6
September 27, 2009 at 08:04:37
"this limits the memory theoretically to 4GB."
32 bit versions of windows has the same theoretical limit but, never actually has 4GB available, its alway around 3GB.

larry


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#7
September 27, 2009 at 08:17:03
Your situation is perfectly normal.

Why doesn't my Windows® PC recognize the whole 4GB of memory I installed
http://www.forum.crucial.com/t5/Sta...

The amount of the 4gb of ram the 32 bit operating system can actually use varies depending on the system, and can be anything from just under 3gb to about 3.5 gb.

If you're using onboard video - video built into the mboard - part of the installed ram is shared with the video and that amount is not available for use by Windows and is deducted from the Available Physical Memory amount.

Sometimes when you have 3gb of ram installed you end up with more Available Physical Memory listed in System Information than you do with 4gb installed.


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#8
September 27, 2009 at 09:00:34
Thank u for Replying !!!!!!

Actually when i check my system information it is showing 4 GB. @Tubesandwires, sir , acccording to u u r telling Onboard video. i dont know abt that stuff, can u let me know in Brief plz.
Thanks for helping me !!!!


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#9
September 27, 2009 at 09:22:52
I wrote this last year:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

BTW, if you try Linux, I suggest a distro based on Ubunutu, but not Ubuntu itself. Have a look at Mint:

http://distrowatch.com/table.php?di...


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#10
September 27, 2009 at 09:27:39
"Actually when i check my system information it is showing 4 GB. "

That may be shown in mb, not gb - there are 1,024 mb per gb, in the binary way of stating the memory size that the operating system uses, so 4gb = 4,096mb

The Total Physical Memory amount shown there is the amount of ram installed on the mboard that's reported by the mboard's bios. Some bioses report the total amount of memory installed even when you're using onboard video - some subtract the amount used by onboard video when you're using onboard video, some subtract 1mb from the amount for the conventional memory amount that can't be made available to the user.

"I have only ever used the 32-bit edition and it has always registered my 6gb of ram "

You can install more than 4gb on most recent mboards, but when you have a 32 bit operating system, it's limited to a 4gb max virtual memory address limit in Windows, for both the installed ram and what the operating system requires, not just the ram. E.g. In this case, you would still have the max 2.96 gb figure in Windows you have now, for the same video situation on the same mboard with the same programs running.

Onboard video is a video (display; graphics) adapter built into the mboard - it's usually built into one of the chips in the mboard's main chipset - it's not removable like a video adapter on a card installed in a slot is - it has no ram of it's own on modern mboards, so it shares part of the ram installed in the mboard.
Most laptops have onboard video.
Some desktop computers have onboard video
On a desktop computer, the monitor port or ports for onboard video are in the same I/O area (~ 2" x 6") on ATX mboards as most of, if not all of, the other ports are in on the back of the computer case. A monitor port or ports in a slot space by itself at the back of the case is for a video card that has been installed in a slot on the mboard.
In most cases, when an AGP or PCI-E X16 video card has been installed in a slot, the onboard video is automatically disabled and no longer shares the ram installed on the mboard.
A video card installed in a mboard slot always has it's own ram.


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#11
September 27, 2009 at 10:14:33
How can i know whether on board video is installed on my mb ,? mine is dg41rqi mb. i wondered 1.4GB of my ram is shared to Onboard video !!!!!!!!!

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#12
September 27, 2009 at 10:47:26

Dude, Where's My 4 Gigabytes of RAM?



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#13
September 27, 2009 at 14:41:28
You're not "getting" it.

Response 4 tells you how to tell if your monitor is plugged into a monitor port for onboard video or not.

I don't think there is any onboard video that can set to share more than 512mb of ram, never mind 1gb. If you are using onboard video you can probablt find how much ram is being shared with in in the mboard's biosSetup settings.
If you are not using onboard video, usually the bios ignores all settings in the bios Setup settings regarding it.

Even if you are using a video card in a slot, you can't use all of the 4gb of ram in a 32 bit Windows operating system. we've referred you to several references about that.


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