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4GB RAM limited to 2.75GB ?

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  1. winpc

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    I have installed an Asus M2N-VM-S motherboard with 4GB plugged in.


    I've using the onbaord GF7025 /nForce 630a graphics set for 256MB in the BIOS

    The OS is Win 7, 32 bit and the CPU is a dual core Athlon.

    My Computer Properties is indicating that of the 4GG of RAM, 2.75GB is available.


    Is it possible to make 4GB - 256MB available for OS use ?
     
  2. etaf

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    No, the internals of the PC will also be using some of the allocated space
    you usually get around 3gb 3.25gb
     
  3. winpc

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    Why so much reserved RAM though when I've configured the IGP for 256MB, the maximum available in the BIOS ?

    I have a Gigabyte GA-M720-US3 board with 6GB ram plugged in, albeit also with a pci-e card graphics plugged in, running Win 7 64bit and all 6GB of RAM is available for OS use.
     
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    FYI, it's not reserved it's unaddressable due to 32-bit limitations. Install a 64-bit version of Windows to resolve the issue.
     
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    I have 64 bit windows 7 and it runs with 2559 to 2880 cached all the time--
    running McAfee & Malewarebyts in the background
    with the memory usage for windows 7---
    is this too much or normal ???
     

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    Windows 7 works on the principle that unused memory is wasted memory.
     
  8. jamesx121

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    this off topic but are U going to upgrade to Windows 10 ?????
    are U running a BETA version of Windows 10 now ????
    is all the hoopla about windows 10 all hype from Microsoft's PR division
    or is it much much better than 8.1 for real ????
    every tech site & their brother are sure talking about it--
    thanks
    James
     
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    I will upgrade to Windows 10 once the final version is released. Since I'm not a developer I'm not wasting my time and efforts with the beta and other pre-releases. I've been using Windows 8 since it's initial release and aside from adding the Start button back it's been perfect, I'm sure it will be better as I've found pretty much each version of Windows better than the previous, even Windows ME had some good points. All tech sites are indeed talking about it but that's their job, but the average person doesn't care.
     
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