Win XP Pro 32-bit and RAM


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drcwils

I was just wondering, I have an ASUS P5K Deluxe with wifi MOBO. It is
capable of 8 gigs of ram, so i installed 4 - 2 gb sticks of matching
ram and it is recognized in the BIOS but not by the computer as it
shows only 3.25 GB of ram. Does that mean that my computer is only
using 3.25 or is it using all 8 gigs? HELP
 
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TVeblen

drcwils said:
I was just wondering, I have an ASUS P5K Deluxe with wifi MOBO. It is
capable of 8 gigs of ram, so i installed 4 - 2 gb sticks of matching
ram and it is recognized in the BIOS but not by the computer as it
shows only 3.25 GB of ram. Does that mean that my computer is only
using 3.25 or is it using all 8 gigs? HELP

32 bit operating systems are only capable of handling the 3.25GB of memory.
And that is all the OS will use. The rest is "wasted".
I installed 6GB on my current machine running 32 bit XP. I plan on upgrading
to windows 7 this fall, which is a 64 bit OS. I will be able to use all 6GB
at that time. This was a conscious decision on my part. You may want to
consider doing the same.
 
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Conor

I was just wondering, I have an ASUS P5K Deluxe with wifi MOBO. It is
capable of 8 gigs of ram, so i installed 4 - 2 gb sticks of matching
ram and it is recognized in the BIOS but not by the computer as it
shows only 3.25 GB of ram. Does that mean that my computer is only
using 3.25 or is it using all 8 gigs? HELP

It means you're using a 32 bit version of Windows or Linux. As such,
it'll only be able to use 4GB less memory used by hardware such as
graphics card, motherboard - anything that has a memory address, for
running the OS and applications.
 
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