wierd ram problem

hello, i am currently having a wierd ram problem, my windows constatly reserves 2gb of the 4gb of ram for hardware, i know this is a commen issue and did basicly everything there was, i went into msconfig and there was no cap on the ram, went into the bios and enabled the memory remapping, disabled memory hole remapping

but the only time i got 3.25 gb of ram which is the highest i got so far is when i first went into the bios and started my pc from there, if i dont do that i only get 2

Windows 64bit ultimate
2x2gb only 2 slots
motherboard: asus m5a78l-m
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  1. What version of windows are you running? 1) if its 32 bit 3.25 is the max you will see 2) If you have onboard video sometimes you can dedicated up to 512mb of ram to the onboard video.
  2. drtweak said:
    What version of windows are you running? 1) if its 32 bit 3.25 is the max you will see 2) If you have onboard video sometimes you can dedicated up to 512mb of ram to the onboard video.


    64 bit, but even if its the onboard video then were is the rest 1.5 gb?:(
  3. Now does the bios say 4gb? Check the bios and also check what the system properties says (right click my computer and properties). Maybe a stick is bad?
  4. bios says 2g, system properties says 4gb 2 reserved for hardware, and have tested it up to 3.9 before but that depends if i launch it from bios or not (going to bios before start up)
  5. Odd because BIOS should show the before not the after hardware using up memory. Try taking them out. Re-seat one of them turn it on. See what it says. Then re-seat the other and see what it says again.
  6. ok after some testing i turns out i have to start up my pc 2/3 times to get my ram to 3.25 (still not 4)

    any reason why i need those extra start ups?
  7. Try running a memtest. Link is in my signature. need to burn it to a CD and boot from it. May have a failing stick or ram? Also do you use onboard video do you have a dedicated video card?
  8. ok just tested had a fail stick, having another one atm.
  9. Yea sounded like a failing stick. Best to let memtest run for a while to to be 100% of the good stick.
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