Solved Total Physical Memory Fully Unavailable in Windows 7

Dell Vostro 3750 laptop computer- intel...
August 26, 2012 at 08:35:23
Specs: Windows 7, i7-2670QM-8CPUs/8GB RAM
Firstly when I got to Microsoft Configuration through run. I try to set Maximum memory to 8192 which is the highest I can have, but when I apply it or permanent apply it jumps back to 0, when I set maximum memory to 8192 again and apply it jumps back to random numbers. Right now I have it set to 0 and maximum processor 8. Does 0 mean maximum of RAM usage too? And why does it jump back when I set to actual maximum RAM numbers and apply? Should I leave 8 processors setting on in Microsoft configuration?

Also here's more information when I got to System Information, please help me fix this:

Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 8 GB

Total Physical Memory: 6.92 GB (What the hell does this mean??? I need to make it use all)

Available Physical Memory: 4.66 GB

Total Virtual Memory: 13.8 GB

Available Virtual Memory: 11.4 GB

Page File Space: 6.92 GB

It's so random....

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August 26, 2012 at 08:55:31
There's nothing random about it, you're looking at several different things. Virtual memory is NOT physical memory, it's virtual. Do you understand what that means? It has absolutely nothing to do with your 8GB RAM.

And when your laptop is in "low power" mode, it uses the Intel HD graphics rather than the high-performance nvidia graphics. The HD graphics has no memory of it's own, it needs to use the system RAM. That means the RAM being used by the HD graphics is not available for use by the system. The nvidia graphics has it's own dedicated RAM so when using it instead of the Intel HD, all 8GB will be available for the system.

Read your manual.

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August 26, 2012 at 08:58:30
The Maximum Memory setting in MsConfig is there to limit the maximum memory to less than your system has. I suspect this is not what you want to do (there would be absolutely no point in setting it to the amount of memory installed).

Why are you messing with it? Just uncheck the Maximum Memory setting and leave the system to look after itself. It knows what it is doing. It is best not to play with settings that you do not understand or you may end up with an unbootable system.

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August 26, 2012 at 09:13:51
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Installed Physical Memory (RAM): What the MB tells Windows it has installed.
Total Physical Memory: What Windows can use after your hardware takes what it wants, address space is accounted for, and licensing is considered.
Available Physical Memory: How much more can be shoved into memory before you have to use the page file.
Total Virtual Memory: How much memory Windows pretends to have.
Available Virtual Memory: How much more can be attempted to be loaded into memory before everything grinds to a halt.
Page File Space: Amount of memory saved to disk.

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August 26, 2012 at 15:46:10
Three kisses, bye.

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August 26, 2012 at 19:24:53
Please mark it solved and select a 'Best Answer'

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