4 gig of ram with 32bit Vista

By dustin_ds3000
Feb 7, 2009
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  1. i have this ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227289

    in the task manager it shows i have 2557mb of physical memory but in control panel > system it shows i have 4gigs. is this ok or is something wrong. and when i right click desktop and got to personalize > display settings > advance settings it shows that my 980gtx+ has 1535mb total memory, 512 dedicated and 1023 shared system memory

    sorry for the double post thing, kind of got my thinking about it after reading this http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=718669#post718669
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Because Vista is a 32-bit operating system it will not utilize more than 3 gigs (some say 3.5) It takes a 64-bit OS to recognize and utilize 4 gigs of RAM (or more).
  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    well here your clearly wrong, right now my vista 32bit is utilizing 3580mb or ram but 1023mb of it being used for my video card
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

  5. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    i know this info. as to the fist link, my computer shows 4 gigs. i dont care about using all 4 gig, i just want to use more than the 2557mb out of the 3580mb i could be using. in other words how can i disable the shared memory on my video card
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

  7. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    ok i just did some research and most places said to go into the bios to turn off shared memory, then i restarted my computer to get into the bios and looked around for 20 mins and couldn't find anything helpful
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Perhaps doing further research into your particular motherboard and BIOS will be fruitful. By the way, nice rig.
  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    i emailed GIGABYTE and hopefully they can help me out, thankz Route44 for the complement about the computer. i have been saving money for the last year to build this monster
  10. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    well i emailed and searched everywhere and everything points to vista, i need to find a way to control how vista uses my ram
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,409   +281

    The 4 gigs of RAM in a 32bit OS thing has been discussed all over this board, and millions of places online. So be sure you understand that topic before getting too concerned with anything else.

    Now that you know that. Vista SP1 made a cosmetic change, presumably intended to stop people wondering why 4GB of RAM isn't showing up, that cosmetic change was to make it actually report 4GB. It reports as 4 now, but that changes absolutely nothing on how the memory is actually addressed, that is still a 32bit OS issue, there is no way around that.

    If it is absolutely critical to you that ALL 4GB of your RAM is available to you, then run a 64bit OS.
     
  12. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,128

    why does everyone think i want to use all of the 4 gigs of ram i have. did anyone really read this thread or just read the tittle and posted. i just want to know how to disable the shared memory on my video card because my 9800gtx+ has 1535mb total memory, 512 dedicated and 1023 shared system memory. so therefore if i disable the shared memory i will have 3.5 gigs of ram instead of 2.5gigs
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