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    4 Gb RAM?

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    by gzapr ·

    How can I use my 4GB of RAM to the Maximum with vista?

    What services can turn off in vista?

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    • #2464555

      Clarifications

      by gzapr ·

      In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

      Clarifications

    • #2464487

      Depends on the computer and version of Vista

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

      If it is one of the 64 Bit versions of Vista not a problem you can use more than 4 GIGS of RAM.

      If it is a 32 Bit Version of Vista it will say that it accepts 4 GIG but will be a bit less. Of course if you have On Board Video there will be even less available to Vista to use.

      Col

    • #2464371

      You can only use 4gb or more in Windows Vista 64 bit system.

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

      Windows 32 bit systems (XP AND VISTA) only recognise up to 3gb of ram. In 64 bit operating systems then you can add on more memory (depending on your motherboard).

      Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

      • #2464366

        Not quite accurate

        by ic-it ·

        In reply to You can only use 4gb or more in Windows Vista 64 bit system.

        XP and Vista 32bit will limit system memory to 3.12GB, but the other memory mapping will depend on drivers and video memory.
        Some folks have issues with 4GB installed (rare), others swear by 4GB for Vista.
        One of many MS articles on the subject.

        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605

        With SP1 4GB may be reported.

        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946003/

        http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888137

        • #2464363

          I am talking base line.. If you want to be accurate then that is fine.

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to Not quite accurate

          But Vista (BASELINE)32 BIT only recognises 3gb.
          Then Windows Vista doubles this to 6gb, but then you want to be accurate, so unless you have Vista you can check on the full memory, but in my system it is rated 6gb on the nose.
          Oh by the way i only have 3gb of memory. 🙂

          Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

    • #2464337

      Adressable RAM

      by thechas ·

      In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

      While turning off services can help sped up your system, it won’t allow your system to access more of the installed memory.

      I believe there is a TR download that lists services that can be disabled.

      In order to be able to access more of your installed RAM, you need to reduce the amount of resources that the system needs to access.

      In BIOS setup, start by disabling every port and resource that you don’t use.

      If you have a PCI Express video card, the more RAM on the video card, the more system RAM address space you loose.

      What goes on, is that with a 32 BIT OS, the upper 500 MB to 1.5 GB of RAM address space is used for temporary storage registers.

      The motherboard manufactures have started reporting all installed and ignore the reserved address space. Prior to this, users used to complain about why the BIOS did not report all of their installed RAM.
      Any way you look at it, you need to switch to a 64 bit OS if you want to use RAM sapce above 3 GB.

      Chas

    • #2465284

      4 Gb RAM?

      by gzapr ·

      In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

      I have a brand new Dell Inspiron 1525 duo Core 2 2.0 mhz with vista home basic (32 bits)
      I would like to know how I can use the 4gb of RAM for maximum performance?

      Thx 4 ur time

      • #2465276

        Basically Windows only sees 3gb of memory..

        by Anonymous ·

        In reply to 4 Gb RAM?

        If you need Windows (XP or Vista) to get full use of the 4gb or more then you will have to use 64bit operating systems.

        Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

        • #2913397

          I use all 4gb with 32bit

          by thepoetrydude ·

          In reply to Basically Windows only sees 3gb of memory..

          not sure about all of you, but on my HP Tablet tx100z I installed 4gb of ram running Vista home premium SP1 32bit and it uses the full 4gb of ram. I only kept 32bit, because I wanted a vista machine with support for my raw camera files from nikon and canon, who won’t support 64 bit.

        • #2913393

          How are you checking used memory then ? …

          by older mycroft ·

          In reply to I use all 4gb with 32bit

          What basis do you have for your (may I say it BOLD) statement that you “[i]use all 4gb with 32bit[/i]”?

          The system will use all 4GB but YOU won’t have access to it.

        • #2913334

          Well you can throw another 300 GIG of RAM in the bottom

          by oh smeg ·

          In reply to I use all 4gb with 32bit

          Of the Case as well but there is no 32 Bit Version of Windows that can use it.

          Just because you fit the RAM to the M’Board doesn’t mean that Windows can address it or Map it as a 32 Bit Version of the Production Versions of Windows can not use 4 GIG of RAM. It just shows that you have more money than sense.

          Col

        • #2905121

          4GB memory upgrade on Vista home premium 32 bit

          by wmmahjoub ·

          In reply to Basically Windows only sees 3gb of memory..

          i just upgrade to Vist SP1, it recognized the 4GB memory.

        • #2905043

          Installed Not Usable

          by thechas ·

          In reply to 4GB memory upgrade on Vista home premium 32 bit

          Yes, your system should REPORT all of your installed RAM.

          However, NO 32 bit version of Windows can USE all of the installed RAM.

          Check out this Microsoft article:

          http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946003

          Then run Msinfo32.exe to see how much of the installed RAM is available for use.

          My guess is that you will have between 2.5 and 3.1 GB of RAM available.

          This is how Microsoft and the motherboard manufactures are responding to customers who get upset about all of the RAM they installed not showing up. Rather than let you know how much RAM is available, they are telling you how much is installed. Even if you cannot make any use of 25% of your installed RAM.

          Chas

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