Windows shows 512mb Ram as 511mb

By codefish
Sep 23, 2003
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  1. My System is

    Pentium IV 2.4 Ghz
    512Mb Ram (DDR 266)
    Intel Motherboard 845GE
    Windows 98 SE

    I have 512mb Ram installed but Windows 98 SE shows it as 511.0 Ram in the properties of my computer. There is no memory test fail in bios, it reads as 512mb Ram.

    Does anybody know what the problem is.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,478   +292

    I don't think its a problem. Windows reports my processor as 1010Mhz when its 1000Mhz according to the BIOS.
    As long as you aren't having problems I wouldnt' worry about it, you could always dl memtest and check it out to be sure though.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    GOD knows where Windows gets these readings from.... But I would not worry at all. Its what the BIOS reports that you have to concern yourself with.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    :wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

    Yeah I wouldn't worry about that one bit. It is just a glitch in the windows system. As SNGX said if nothing is wrong, don't bother with it.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Even 512mb is wrong.

    In reality, you probably have 520MB or so. ;) But it only shows up as 512 in Windows. My system, for example, as 523.764MB
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    The loss of memory is most likely caused by your onboard video controller eating up part of the system memory (that is assuming you are using the integrated video). Nothing you can do about it, that's how Intel builds its chipsets.
  7. codefish

    codefish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I am not using the onboard video. I have an Asus V9520 Geforce FX 5200 128mb.
  8. codefish

    codefish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Here is something wired, dxdiag shows that i have 510mb Ram.

    Where can you download memtest ?
  9. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    I not to sure with memtest. Try this. Hope this helps!
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

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