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lol all 4 of mine is detected and used in 32bit win7 home premium. I was going to ask about the max limit, but being it is from 2007 that is probably not the issue..

DELL says max for the Motherboard is 4GB
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Did you turn it off in the bios? Windows 32 bit can recognize 4 GB of memory. What kind of GPU did you install? How much memory is on your new GPU?
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BS. Windows 7 32bit can see full 4GB RAM and not a megabyte more, I had 32bit Vista with 4GB RAM and it saw the whole amount.

@OP check BIOS for IRQ settings for the card, it's probably allocating some RAM for the card just in case through some BIOS setting. If you can't turn this off, set it at the lowest possible option (like 32MB tops).
i am a complete intel noob what would the setting be called?

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Did you turn it off in the bios? Windows 32 bit can recognize 4 GB of memory. What kind of GPU did you install? How much memory is on your new GPU?
turn what off in the bios? i dropped my old 8800GT 512MB in
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You should be able to disable your onboard graphics card in the bios. It seems to be dedicated 512 MB of your 3 GB to that card.
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i am a complete intel noob what would the setting be called?



turn what off in the bios? i dropped my old 8800GT 512MB in
Look for something like "IRQ to VGA" or "VGA memory" setting or anything remotely similar with VGA or Graphics in the title with some memory amount mentioned. Make sure if the BIOS has a limit on the amount of VRAM it can use that you set it to the exact same amount as is on your graphics card and not any more.
    
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You should be able to disable your onboard graphics card in the bios. It seems to be dedicated 512 MB of your 3 GB to that card.
there isn't an onboard GPU.
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your motherboard doesnt have a VGA or DVI port on it? Are you sure?
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but why did it not do this on my AMD rig?
what GPU did you have in the old AMD rig?
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post #19 of 24
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BS. Windows 7 32bit can see full 4GB RAM and not a megabyte more, I had 32bit Vista with 4GB RAM and it saw the whole amount.

@OP check BIOS for IRQ settings for the card, it's probably allocating some RAM for the card just in case it runs out of VRAM through some BIOS setting. If you can't turn this off, set it at the lowest possible option (like 32MB tops).
Thats what I was thinking, my light gaming comp detects all 4GB of mine just fine on 32bit. I know I have had issues with maximum ram in older computers, not due to the OS but the board. But since it is 07 I don't think its that. I would check you graphics settings. I think its sucking a bit of it up.
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your motherboard doesnt have a VGA or DVI port on it? Are you sure?
positive that's the only reason why i dropped the 8800 in.

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what GPU did you have in the old AMD rig?
the same 8800GT

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Thats what I was thinking, my light gaming comp detects all 4GB of mine just fine on 32bit. I know I have had issues with maximum ram in older computers, not due to the OS but the board. But since it is 07 I don't think its that. I would check you graphics settings. I think its sucking a bit of it up.

there are no options in the bios even remotely pertaining to memory the closet thing is Intel SpeedStep and i left it off (not sure what it does)
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