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hey, so i installed windows vista on my new gaming computer and so far it taugh me why everyone dislikes vista so much. it first showsed me that only 1.75gb of my 4gb of memory were being used. I did a bunch of research and found that sp1 fixed that so i used sp1 and wala it showed i used 4 gb. then today i used 3dmark vantage and it also said that it was only using 1792mb of my ram (round to 1.75gb?) and im not happy about that. i have checked all my ram for something DOA and none of it is. I have G.Skill ddr3 1600. I would greatly appreciate some help!
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are you using 32bit or 64bit?
What gfx card do you have?

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with vista with the more ram that is there the more ram vista will use
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just because you have 4 gigs of ram doesn't mean that the program will use it all. the program will only use what it needs.
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i am using 2 9800gx2s in quad and im on 32bit vista
I understand that vista will use more ram depending on how much there is, but i don't really want to spend money on vista 64 cuz i want full program compatibility and i don't want to spend the money. I wont download it because I don't like the concept of running on a pirated os (could be riddled with trojans and spyware) and that limits me to 4 gigs
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"in reply to my first post" thats why you dont see any performance gains from 2 to 4 gigs.
Edited by drewfus - 6/30/08 at 7:48pm
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total ram 32bit can use: 3.5-4gb
ram aloted for you graphics cars 2gb
so unless you go 64bit you cant get any more ram
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thiererj View Post
i am using 2 9800gx2s in quad and im on 32bit vista
I understand that vista will use more ram depending on how much there is, but i don't really want to spend money on vista 64 cuz i want full program compatibility and i don't want to spend the money. I wont download it because I don't like the concept of running on a pirated os (could be riddled with trojans and spyware) and that limits me to 4 gigs
you have to have 64bit for 4gb
that "patch" is sp1 will allow it to SEE the 4gb, but willl not use

normally 32bit will let you use 3.5gb, but in 32bit you have to add your video ram too, which is 1gb each i think (yours)
stock puts you at 2gb, minus a few other small things
post #9 of 11
that explains why you only use that much ram

x86 (aka 32 bit OS) is only allowed to allocate MAX of 4GB of ram, that includes ram set aside for bios and ALL other aspects. the Graphics card ram is included in this.

now 9800gx2 has about 1Gb of ram. if you have 2 of those that's 2GB of ram allocation already gone. i suppose the missing few is allocated somewhere else.

the only REAL way to fix this is to get x64 bit OS
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In order to elaborate a little more on the vista SP1 issue.

vista SP1 only FOOLs you into believe you can use 4GB of ram. It basically says, if the operating system has more than 4GB of ram, to report 4GB of ram. they reason behind this is because microsoft was being hassled by all the consumers complaining. so they released it in the service pack. therefore if you have a x86 os and have more than 4GB of ram and it only showed 3GB of ram before the service pack, it will now show 4GB. BUT!!!! this doesn't change the basic foundation of the Operation system. it only says you have 4Gb so you will stop hassling them. the way the OS was developed it is physically LIMITED within the code to use more than 4GB of ram allocation TOTAL.

that's why when i say the only "REAL" way to fix the issue is to get a x64 bit OS.

don't be fooled in to PAE physical address extension, or what not. just do yourself a favor a get a x64 bit os
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