How can I change usable ram

December 3, 2019 at 08:54:20
Specs: Windows 10, Core 2 Duo T7500 / 4 GB DDR2
Windows 10 pro, ACER ASPIRE 5920G, 4 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD
In Windows 10 system properties it shows 4 GB, but in bracket 3 GB
4.00 GB (3 GB usable)
How can I change this usable ram.
If the video card is sharing this, how can I adjust? I have also checked in BIOS setup, I did not find there.
Kindly help.

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#1
December 3, 2019 at 10:39:06
If you're running 32-bit Windows, you can't:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/3_G...

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#2
December 3, 2019 at 10:46:29
As T-R-A mentioned, if you're running a 32 bit operating system, only 3 gig of it can be used. If the 1 gig is dedicated to the video RAM and you can't change it in the BIOS, there isn't anything else you can do.

Do this, hold down the Windows key and press the R key. Type in
dxdiag
Press enter. If it asks if you want to see signed drivers, press enter again. At the next screen, it will show you a bunch of information about your computer including if your operating system is 34 or 64 bit.

If your operating system is 64 bit, install more RAM, 4 gig is just not enough to run Windows 10 well. 8 gig is the least you should have, 16 gig would be even better.
If your operating system is 32 bit, 3 gig is all it can use.

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#3
December 3, 2019 at 10:57:05
And if you're machine is 64bit (supposedly Core2 Duo from what most sites say) and you indeed are running a 32bit OS, you'd have to reinstall a 64bit OS to utilize all 4G of RAM. The problem (as THX1138 mentioned) then is that only 4G of RAM would be just above the minimum you could effectively run a 64bit OS...

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#4
December 3, 2019 at 12:56:20
I have 32 bit windows. My machine has 2 slots. and it has 2 rams of 2 GB. So what would you suggest?
Should I install 64 bit windows 10? I can't upgrade ram. motherboard doesn't support 4 GB stick I think. I want to speed up. I need to use this laptop. I can't replace this machine.
I had windows 7 32 bit before that. It shows the same thing.
Should I install windows 7 64 bit? or windows 8.1 64 bit? Kindly help.
My work is graphic design and 2D / 3D CAD work.

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#5
December 3, 2019 at 14:16:52
"Should I install windows 7 64 bit? or windows 8.1 64 bit? Kindly help"
Probably Linux will be the best way.

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#6
December 3, 2019 at 14:42:19
The laptop is at least 10 years old. The max supported RAM is 4GB (2 x 2GB) & a portion of that RAM is used for graphics (turbocache). Replacing Win10 32-bit with Win10 64-bit will allow you to use all 4GB RAM, but since the 64-bit version has a higher minimum RAM requirement, I doubt there would be any performance increase.

http://cdn.cnetcontent.com/65/58/65...


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#7
December 3, 2019 at 14:46:23
I can't because I need to run an application for my training which is built for Windows only.
BTW Which version of Linux? I will try it on other machine.

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#8
December 3, 2019 at 14:50:33
"I can't because I need to run an application for my training which is built for Windows only."

Then you need to find out if there's even a 64-bit version of the application available before trying to upgrade to 64-bit Windows (which, as we've mentioned, would be kind of futile, anyway). I'd suggest just living with the availability of only 3GB of RAM if that application is that important...

If your graphics/CAD work is that significant, then you really need to be looking at a new machine considering the age of that one. There's lots of deals available right now (Cyber Monday might have been a little better)...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#9
December 3, 2019 at 15:25:34
"I can't because I need to run an application for my training which is built for Windows only"
Is it a commercial program?
If so, what is the name?

"BTW Which version of Linux? I will try it on other machine"
There is a leaning curve, these you will find similar to Windows.

PCLinuxOS
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
http://www.pclinuxos.com/

Linux Mint
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
http://linuxmint.com/
Download (32-bit) page
http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2077
Download (64-bit) page
http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.ph...
The Linux Mint User Guide
http://community.linuxmint.com/tuto...
How to Install Linux Mint
http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Linu...
http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfe...
A Beginner's Guide to Dual Booting Linux Mint and Windows XP
http://linuxgazette.net/136/lazar.html
Install Mint with no cd/usb
http://community.linuxmint.com/tuto...

Peppermint
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
http://linux.softpedia.com/progScre...
http://peppermintos.com/

Zorin OS
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syst...
https://sourceforge.net/projects/zo...
https://zorinos.com/
http://www.freewaregenius.com/2012/...
How to update and upgrade Zorin OS
http://cristiananicolae.blogspot.co...
Beginners Zorin OS Linux Guide 14/15 Wiki
http://beginners-zorin-os-linux-gui...


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#10
December 3, 2019 at 16:36:24
For CAD 2D & 3D as well as Photoshop you really need a 64bit machine with at least 16GB RAM to run it well.
If you need to stay with that machine then stay with the 32bit since Windows will use less RAM by itself (about 1GB less for 32bit compared to 64bit) from what I have read over the years.
Ideally you should have a more modern machine, 16-32GB RAM, Quad Core, distinct graphics card with at least 2GB of graphics memory (not onboard graphics with shared memory), an SSD main drive and a larger storage hard drive (conventional) if possible. It does not need to be the absolute latest generation machine, 2 or 3 generations back would be just perfect. You may find a really nice gaming one that someone is upgrading and needs to get rid of and it should have all you need already. Once you switch over you may be able to sell off what you have to recoup something from it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#11
December 4, 2019 at 09:30:32
@Fingers

- - - - - - - I will stay with windows 10 pro 32 bit in this laptop until I earn and then upgrade. - - - - - - -

@T-R-A
@Johnw
The application is I am talking about is being made by our local trainer with I think C language. It worked perfectly with 64 bit windows, checked with Windows 7 64 bit. But we need to install Framework 2.5 and 3.5.
@Johnw
It is a commercial program and work with a file (Created by them) which is associated with processor number. So I can't use this program on another machine, until I request them to make a new file for another PC (processor), for which they will charge.
The application is I am talking about, It plays video with the help of windows media player.

Thank you everyone.

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#12
December 4, 2019 at 20:47:41
"- - - - - - - I will stay with windows 10 pro 32 bit in this laptop until I earn and then upgrade. - - - - - - -"
This makes perfect sense.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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