Dave O wrote:32 bit windows O/S can only see a maximum of 4gb. So windows XP or Vista will reduce ram size to account for things like graphics cards that neeed access to memory.
64bit O/S can see more that 4gb. I suspect that it is you graphics taking some of your ram....
shandy wrote:hi there - I have a different model though similar problems. The hardware should support up to 4 Gigs of Ram according to Intel's specs but I was told I'll get 3.25 at most out of it. When I talked to some guy at FS and told him I was gonna use a 64bit Linux on my machine he said it should work OK. So before moving to BIOS/FSC lying solutions try to eliminate the possibility of Windoze not working for you (I know you tried their 64bit edition, but I'd still give it a try) This corresponds with some users' experience on this forum when they could use the total of 4 gigs with no problems whatsoever on their 64bit linux equipped machines. The easiest way for you to check this is simply to download a 64bit linux OS (I'm using ubuntu but other distributions of course have 64bits as well) on a so called live CD. Then just burn the downloaded .iso image & start your machine with it - you don't have to install anything, just let the OS gets loaded off the CD. Once it's loaded it's then easy to find out (both the most used GUI - gnome and kde - are intuitive enough for an average granny to work her way through it). Here's a link for a 64bit ubuntu distro: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download Just check in that you want a 64bit distro and then choose your download location and give it a shot!
shandy wrote:even better! It would be great if you could let us know how it worked once you've tried it - I'm about to buy my 4 gigs but would like a feedback before I make the spending move Good luck!
shandy wrote:too bad I have the same chipset (actually not quite the same - mine is 945 PM, yours a GM but I doubt there's any bigger difference apart from the fact that mine doesn't have integrated graphics...) so the chances for me to have 4 gigs equals to zero....is that what it says in your BIOS - 3.24 Gigs? Your model has integrated GMA950 graphics, right - I know it can't be responsible for taking as much as 800 Megs but still, it should take at least 128 or 196 and it should be taken off the total RAM in BIOS as well, right...?
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