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Is Memory Bad, if Task Manager displays total correctly?

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June 1, 2013 5:28:58 PM

Hello,

I'm a software person so solving hardware things are interesting. When the Task Manager Performance Tab (Win XP Pro) shows that the Physical Memory Total is 2 GB the Available and System Cache roughly sum to the Total, does it mean that Windows is fully recognizing in this case both memory cards and both are functional and not bad?

Old HP Laptop DV2000 with the long beep plus 2 short just trying to debug hardware issue as NVIDIA Graphic card has been wacky too! Tip of letting machine warm-up and then auto shutdown and then power on with CTRL key held down has allowed me to continue to hobble until I can buy a new NON-HP laptop.

Thanks in Advance,
Sue
June 4, 2013 8:43:49 AM

"I'm a software person so solving hardware things are interesting" Epic win phrase.

You could've said I'm a software person so solving hardware things is boring/not my thing/difficult.


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June 4, 2013 11:40:26 AM

X79 said:
"I'm a software person so solving hardware things are interesting" Epic win phrase.

You could've said I'm a software person so solving hardware things is boring/not my thing/difficult.



Wow, interesting response...an you're off-base in your assessment. I was looking for a quick answer from someone who does hardware on a daily basis...that SIMPLE.


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June 4, 2013 12:37:23 PM

My answer is YES.

Via MS for XP O/S:
Physical Memory (K)
The total physical memory, also called RAM, installed on your computer. Available represents the amount of free memory that is available for use. The System Cache shows the current physical memory used to map pages of open files.

Kernel Memory (K)
Memory used by the operating system kernel and device drivers. Paged is memory that can be copied to the paging file, thereby freeing the physical memory. The physical memory can then be used by the operating system. Nonpaged is memory that remains resident in physical memory and will not be copied out to the paging file.
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June 4, 2013 9:16:52 PM

If the total amount of RAM that you have installed is 2GB then the information you got from Performance tab in Task Manager is correct. If you are still unsure you could run something like MemTest86 (http://www.memtest.org/#downiso) to test the memory. For more detailed information on your system you could download and run Speccy which is a free download from Piriform - http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download
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June 6, 2013 10:05:46 AM

kenrivers said:
If the total amount of RAM that you have installed is 2GB then the information you got from Performance tab in Task Manager is correct. If you are still unsure you could run something like MemTest86 (http://www.memtest.org/#downiso) to test the memory. For more detailed information on your system you could download and run Speccy which is a free download from Piriform - http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download


Thanks Ken. Yes, there is 2GB of memory and I did run MemTest86 and all came up Red so that's what has been confusing. The overheat trick is still working luckily, will give Speccy a try. An old laptop from a friend is on its way but I will forge on and I know I learn more for future endeavors.
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June 6, 2013 10:14:13 AM

Sue Software said:
X79 said:
"I'm a software person so solving hardware things are interesting" Epic win phrase.

You could've said I'm a software person so solving hardware things is boring/not my thing/difficult.



Wow, interesting response...an you're off-base in your assessment. I was looking for a quick answer from someone who does hardware on a daily basis...that SIMPLE.




Was actually a compliment.
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