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What does it mean when my computer has 6gigs of ram installed but only 3 usable

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September 22, 2012 4:28:39 PM

I have 6 gigs installed on my HP desktop 32bit op syst. Im not too knowledgable with computer hardware but i know the basics. After installing the 4gigs on top of the 2gigs it had before, showing only 3 useable. In my system config. should i have my max mem selected or no? And if not what should i look into next?
September 22, 2012 4:33:00 PM

Wasn't 4gb the max a 32bits OS can use? I think that's your problem.
Hardware and OS uses the 1gb you can't touch, leaves you with 3gb.
September 22, 2012 4:56:42 PM

Yea as i did some more reading on it i found that is to be correct. How exactly do i improve this 32bit to a 64?
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September 23, 2012 4:29:28 AM

agree with that you are limited with the os installed....
install a 64bit os