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1.96GB (out of 4GB) usable? Wth?

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In windows I only have 1.96GB usable out of 4GB of RAM..

It's a single 4GB stick
64 bit W7
Dedicated video card, so it's not that (even partly)
Only programs running are VLC are chrome


edit: no OC/adjusting on anything currently

Is it possible it's physically damaged (I've reseated it, but not tried it in other computer yet) and only able to use 2GB? I had it in sleep last night and when I woke up it was off and when I turned it on it turned the fans on for a second then went off. I had to unplug it for a minute then plug it back in.
Edited by Minnetonka16 - 10/13/12 at 9:36am
    
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On my windows 7, I have 8GB. Currently 4.5GB is free and 1.5GB is being used by vmware. So in effect I would have 6GB out of 8Gb free, so yeah this sounds about right.

Windows uses 2gb for stuff. I dont know what stuff like. lol

Also I know when I use firefox it uses quite abit of ram too.
post #3 of 8
Windows 7 itself uses over 1GB of memory, VLC tends to be a memory hog, and depending on the amount of tabs, its very easy to start eating up the memory. Grab another 4GB stick if you feel like you're running low, but looks pretty normal to me thumb.gif
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Under search programs and files, type msconfig. Select normal startup, hit apply and restart.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MrTOOSHORT View Post

Under search programs and files, type msconfig. Select normal startup, hit apply and restart.

Didn't do anything.

Note to everyone else: Not being usable is different than being in use.
    
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When you look in Task Manager, what does it say under the performance tab?

Also check CPU-Z under the memory tab, it will tell you what type and how much of the memory you have, maybe you got a 2GB stick labeled as a 4GB?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

When you look in Task Manager, what does it say under the performance tab?

If windows says 2gb is usable, only 2gb is usable. I assume he looked at the system readout.

I can't remember why this happens, I've seen it before. Try reseating the RAM in a different slot.
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post #8 of 8
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Apparently I have 2 sticks of 2GB... What the heck happened to that 4GB stick?

Anyway... switching their slots worked. Thanks for the replies.
    
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