I just upgraded an older 2 core Celeron machine with XPSP3 installed to 4 Gb RAM. The system data says it has 3.18 Gb RAM. When it had 2Gb, it only reported 1.something. As a fluke I checked this Acer laptop that has 4Gb RAM and found it only reports about 2.7 Gb RAM. Assuming this is normal, I'm wondering why this is so.
I assume it's 32 bit, 32 bit allows for 4gb max system wide memory. So the graphics card gets a portion and the system memory gets a portion.
Okay... that makes sense. Yes, 32 bit XP. It's a G41T-M5 MoBo, so I don't see it as my ultimate machine, but I'll be installing a 2Gb PCI Express x16 graphics card Monday. What can I realistically expect in this, assuming I'll probably hook up 2 monitors using each independently?