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I have an Asus bamboo series A1 (u33jc)
Just got it 5 days ago or so from B&H
the laptop has 4 GB's of Ram but can only use (apparently) 3.67 GB's of it. I know that its not a 32-bit 64-bit issue because theres also a GB of vram and that pushes it much farther past the 3.2 mark so I assumed it was a motherboard bios issue. I went to the Asus driver section for this laptop, there was nothing relating to it. Then I thought it might be a driver but I came up with nothing.
Does anyone know what the problem is? I've been playing APB recently and the extra ram is actually useful considering APB is known to use 5+ GB's of ram on occasion. I also need it for multitasking when im taking a java class.

Thanks for the help.

-Andrew
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post #2 of 17
Win 7 32bit works around the issue of video memory - if you have 32bit windows 7 then yes, that is your issue, it cannot address all 4GB of memory.
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Unfortunately, there is such a thing in computers as "Reported Capacity" and "actual formatted capacity." That's why a 500GB hard drive only 450ish GB of storage... which is rather irritating considering you paid for 500gigs...

In short, you get less that is advertised, which is bordering on fraud, but they just use different methods for calculating capacities.

Further Reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_dr...acity#Capacity
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post #4 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post
Unfortunately, there is such a thing in computers as "Reported Capacity" and "actual formatted capacity." That's why a 500GB hard drive only 450ish GB of storage... which is rather irritating considering you paid for 500gigs...

In short, you get less that is advertised, which is bordering on fraud, but they just use different methods for calculating capacities.

Further Reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_dr...acity#Capacity
Dude, this has absolutely nothing to do with hard drive capacity; the OP is complaining about RAM.

@OP: Does your laptop have a dedicated video card, or is it integrated onto the mobo / processor? If it's integrated, the card shares it's video memory with the main system RAM, and that might screw up reporting. But to me this sounds like a 32bit vs 64bit issue.
Edited by CovertCover - 8/6/11 at 5:10pm
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Originally Posted by CovertCover View Post
@OP: Does your laptop have a dedicated video card, or is it integrated onto the mobo / processor? If it's integrated, the card shares it's video memory with the main system RAM, and that might screw up reporting. But to me this sounds like a 32bit vs 64bit issue.
I'm putting my money on your ram being shared with your graphics. If your card isn't dedicated this is what's going on.
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post #6 of 17
start run dxdiag that will tell you what windows your running. My money is on 32bit
    
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OP, can you do us a favor and verify whether it's 32 or 64? Just look at system properties and it'll tell you...

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Quote:
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start run dxdiag that will tell you what windows your running. My money is on 32bit
Or there.
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its 64-bit, its a deticated 310m gpu with 1 GB of vram. its not a 32-bit 64-bit issue as I explained earlier..

I am also running optimus so i have an intel gma as well if anyone cares, i can post proof of 64 bit if need be..

And after checking the intel gma has its own deticated amount of vram (128 MB)

I'm going to attempt to go into bios to see if its a mapping issue.
Edited by andycludge - 8/6/11 at 7:02pm
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post #10 of 17
It's the Intel graphics. It needs RAM to run since it isn't a dedicated card, unlike the 310M. I have a UL30VT and have the same problem. Don't worry about it unless you need all 4GB of RAM.



EDIT: You should be able to change how much memory is used somewhere. It's either in the BIOS or through the Intel GMA settings in Windows. If not, then that must be a desktop setting, so sad story there.
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