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I've seen several threads on here (http://www.overclock.net/intel-memory/697272-windows-7-hardware-reserved-memory-2-a.html) and other forums where people have talked about this issue but none of the proposed solutions seem to work for me.

The issue is that 514MB of memory is marked as "hardware reserved" in resource monitor. It should be around 50-100MB.

Things I have checked: the msconfig fix (it's set right) and onboard graphics (it's turned off in bios).

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If you can't switch it off in the BIOS, you're pretty much screwed. I had the same issue and it wasn't the on-board video hogging the resources, pagefile or any other windows-based app. It was just my budget motherboard. Sorry I couldn't give you a solution, maybe someone else has an idea to try.

You'll just have to add more memory if you need it.
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i wouldnt exactly call my motherboard budget, it's asus m3n78 pro. intended more for htpc use but it overclocks 10% without complaint.

the thing that bugs me is i thought i fixed this problem but i can't remember how or find the solution again.
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You still have 7.5GB of usable RAM
You're complaining why? This is a big amount and enough for anything short of very RAM intensive programs like video editing
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You still have 7.5GB of usable RAM
You're complaining why? This is a big amount and enough for anything short of very RAM intensive programs like video editing

True. Most average user or average gamer only need 4gb of ram. I do video editing, so I like 8gb of ram. Like my brother. He player 4-6 games at the same time, so he need more then 4 gb and he went with 16gb.
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You still have 7.5GB of usable RAM
You're complaining why? This is a big amount and enough for anything short of very RAM intensive programs like video editing

You're posting why? it's certainly not solving the problem is it
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post #8 of 12
See if there's a "Memory hole remapping" option in the BIOS
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;13015037 
You still have 7.5GB of usable RAM
You're complaining why? This is a big amount and enough for anything short of very RAM intensive programs like video editing

Well I'm having the same issue, except I have two 6970's and my system is reserving over 4GB of my RAM. it happened when I booted up and the ATI CCC told me my cards couldn't be used in CF, now I can't get windows to boot without reserving all of that memory.


Any ideas now?
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This link explains to an extent about what is going on: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2850/20

I tried enabling and disabling the Memory Hole Mapping setting in the BIOS, however this did not solve the issue. I also tried setting the clocks to defaults in combination with both above settings, this did not solve the issue either. I then upgraded to the latest BIOS version for my mobo and repeated all of the above steps, the issue still remained.

I was able to resolve my issue by moving one of my 4GB sticks of RAM to another channel. I then had a stick of memory in each channel, A1 and B1. I then allowed the board to post, cut power with the switch on the power supply and then swapped the sticks back to DIMM slots A1 and A2. Now when I boot into windows I only show 48MB of memory being reserved for hardware and I have 6.7GB free out of a total of 8144MB. Windows properties no longer says "(3.96GB usable)" either.


I just thought I'd post the solution that worked for me in case anyone else comes across this thread on a google search like how I found it
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