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I used 4GB RAM but it is usable 3 24GB But why ?

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October 19, 2010 6:12:11 PM

i used 4GB RAM but it is usable 3 24GB But why ? How can i use 4GB out of 4GB.

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October 19, 2010 6:28:32 PM

Go to a 64 bit OS.

You are probably using a 32 bit OS. 32 bits can address 4 GB of RAM, but unfortunately the RAM is not all that's in the address space. Windows (and the other OS's) uses part of the address space for what they call "memory-mapped input/output".
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October 19, 2010 6:50:17 PM

4GB = 2^32 bytes and on a 32 bit OS the space for addressing a specific memory address is stored in a 32 bit address which means that 2^32 possible address spaces are available. of that space the reserved System memory space and video memory pages use about .75GB leaving approx 3.25GB of useable space available out of the 4 GB. Maximum that can be addressed.

So on a 32 bit OS the most that you can use is 3.25GB but memory chips can not be run in dual channel mode with 3 1GB and one 256MB module so most of the time you will install 4 GB of memory leaving .75GB. unuseable on a 32 bit system ! - To use more than that you need to upgrade to a 64 bit OS which then stores the memory address as a 64 bit address allowing 2^64 possible addresses.
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October 19, 2010 7:05:19 PM

^ +1 :D  Excellent reply! I even enjoyed the read
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