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32MB of RAM in Shared Memory?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by PCMan78, Sep 18, 2003.

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  1. PCMan78

    PCMan78 Thread Starter

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    I have built a couple of computers (some with 256mb, 512, 128, DDR, PC133 types of RAM). When I boot, everything works great, except I don't like Windows showing that a computer with 256 mb of RAM has only 224mb of RAM. I know that 32mb is shared, but is there some way where I can change how Windows shows how much is in the machine. Thanks!
     
  2. compilerxp

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    Well.. that's what the OS sees because on the hardware level, the onboard Video has already taken use of 32mb of the RAM... Windows is reporting what it finds available to the system... not what you have installed.

    You could add a $50 64mb video card, that would free up your RAM and improve performance.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    You can change the allocation to the video function in the BIOS, but that may affect the performance of the video or the available resolutions.
     
  4. Davey7549

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    PCman
    Unfortunately the guys are correct that Windows only reports what it sees is available for its own use and without a hack I do not think there is any changes you can make.
    Have you thought about using a third party program such as Belarc to display, print and save system information. When I build a system for someone I use it to show what is actually in there system.
    Or
    Another more comprehensive system info app is Aida32

    Dave
     
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    Of course, I'm not sure what the issue is. If the 224mb of memory is not enough, just put more memory in the box.
     
  6. PCMan78

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the help. Great Info!!!
     
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