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RAM not detecting in multiple programs.

Last response: in Memory
May 19, 2010 8:51:14 PM

I clearly have 3 gigs of ram inside my machine, (2 1 gig sticks, and 2 more 512mb sticks)

Under "system" it shows that I have 3 gigs. And, just about anywhere else it does not.

Task Manager

STEAM "system info"


This is what I have installed!

Please, help me!
May 29, 2010 6:15:58 PM

Pls tell the complete details of your system including the memory of your gpu or other connected devices.
June 1, 2010 9:50:44 PM

Your graphics card could be eating up some of your memory.
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June 2, 2010 9:24:30 PM

Processor Information:
Vendor: GenuineIntel
Speed: 1799 Mhz
2 logical processors
2 physical processors
HyperThreading: Unsupported
FCMOV: Supported
SSE2: Supported
SSE3: Supported
SSSE3: Supported
SSE4a: Unsupported
SSE41: Unsupported
SSE42: Unsupported

Network Information:
Network Speed: DSL > 256k

Operating System Version:
Windows Vista (32 bit)
NTFS: Supported
Crypto Provider Codes: Supported 323 0x0 0x0 0x0

Video Card:
Driver: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
DirectX Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll
Driver Version:
DirectX Driver Version:
Driver Date: 3 Apr 2010
Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
DirectX Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
VendorID: 0x10de
DeviceID: 0x615
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
No SLI or Crossfire Detected
Primary Display Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Desktop Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Primary Display Size: 17.80" x 14.21" (22.76" diag)
45.2cm x 36.1cm (57.8cm diag)
Primary Bus: PCI Express 16x
Primary VRAM: 1024 MB
Supported MSAA Modes: 2x 4x 8x

Sound card:
Audio device: Speakers (2- SigmaTel High Defi


UI Language: English
Microphone: Yes, I have a microphone.
Media Type: DVD
Total Hard Disk Space Available: 305244 Mb
Largest Free Hard Disk Block: 40357 Mb
Steam Hard Disk Usage: 87067 Mb
OS Install Date: Dec 21 2006

June 3, 2010 2:33:07 PM

Wow too much of information.
Since your os is 32bit,might be this is happening.

Quote from tech forum:
32 Bit OS can not and will not recognize or utilize 4GB of RAM. The Max you will get is 3.5GB of RAM recognized and utilized on a 32 Bit system.
Registers in x86 PCs are limited to 32 bits, which means the biggest number that can be stored in that register is 2^32, or 4,294,967,296;
which means that the CPU can access up to "ADDRESS 4,294,967,296" which is the 4th GB of data.
The problem is that the CPU also access I/O devices (printer, USB, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc.) by assigning them an address as well.
So it reserves half a GB or so of the memory addresses to talk to the I/O devices... So you have 4GB - ~0.5GB -> 3.5 GB (on Windows it is 3.2GB).
Plus this also doesnt take into consideration that Video Card Memory which is also added into the resources.

So lets calculate:
your vista can see but cannot use.

3 GB-.5 GB(by OS)=2.5 GB.
2.5 GB-1 GB(VRAM)=1.5 GB.

This is reasonable.Might be there are some other resources connected to your pc which use up your ram.