Programs to check bad mem sticks?

By Bowdon
Sep 27, 2011
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  1. Hi all,

    I have been checking some stats of my computer to run some of the new games, and to my surprise I have found that although 4 x 1024mb sticks have been installed in the computer only 3338mb's show up. I am using Win XP. I was expecting for 4gb to be present.

    So is there a windows program that will allow me to test each ram stick without me having to go in to the computer pulling them out individually?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Because XP is a 32-bit operating system it can only recognize and utilize 3.25 gigs of RAM. It takes a 64-bit operating system lo to recognize and utilize a full 4 gigs of memory or more.
  3. Bowdon

    Bowdon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ahh.. thanks for the quick reply. I knew there was a limit with 32-bit but I didnt think it was that low.

    Thanks again.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    You are very welcome. I'm still running XP 32 myself but the rest of my family who all have new laptops run Windows 7 64 with 4 gigs and I really like it.

    When I go to build my next system I will be using this OS with at least 4 gigs of RAM.

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