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Approximately half of installed memory shows as Hardware Reserved but full memory detected by BIOS and Windows

Q: Approximately half of installed memory shows as Hardware Reserved but full memory detected by BIOS and Windows

Hi - running patch current Windows 8.1, and am having an ongoing but not always constant issue regarding how much memory I have available to me on any given boot of Windows.
I have 32 GB of memory installed on the computer, and yet almost 17.3 GB of that is not available to me, and is shown as Hardware Reserved when I look at the Physical Memory in the Resource Monitor.
I have validated the memory is error free through multiple runs of Memtest, have removed memory strips and blown out any possible dust from memory slots, and SOMETIMES, it properly will show me around 30.4 GB available, however most boots it is showing pretty
consistently that 17.3 GB is flaged as Hardware Reserved.

I did some searching, and have tried some of the suggestions, such as making sure the Maximum Memory box is not checked in MSCONFIG, and have also tried editing ClearPageFileAtShutdown in the Registry to change it from the default value of '0' to a
new value of '1'. Nothing has worked thus far.
I DO need access to as much of that 32 GB of memory as possible, due to this computer using huge amounts of memory as a Digital Audio Workstation, recording music with huge volumes of samples loaded fully into memory. Performance suffers greatly when
half of what is installed is not available.
I have also looked in the BIOS for any ways to adjust video memory and memory mapping and neither exists in the BIOS at all for me to try anything with. The CPU happens to be an AMD A10 7850, with multiple cores and video is embedded in the CPU with
no way for me to control its memory usage.
Thanks in advance for any additional suggestions.
Bob Bone

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Any clue how to fix this, I just refreshed BIOS from 2.25 to 2.30.Still same issue. Lenovo HW test on memory, all good. 

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Hello everyone,

I have this issue that no matter how much ram i have installed it only shows half on my Windows 7 64 bit system.

when i bought it it had 4gb installed, but i could only use 1.99,
so i installed 2GB more from my old computer(which had DDR3 ram as well) but now it shows 2.99 Usable with 6GB installed.

in BIOS it also shows 3 thousand something. and showed 2k something with only the original parts.

and yes i'm sure i run a 64bit system and not a 32bit as it says so below how much ram i have installed and can use.

anyone know what causes this and knows how i can fix it? had blue screen 2-3 times now cause to much memory was used. and its bugging me so to speak.

any help would be great. i will call the support over the new year tho, but would be great to get help if anyhone know why. you can see my specs on my profile.

Thanks,

Jade

A:Memory shows half the value installed

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Jade


Hello everyone,

I have this issue that no matter how much ram i have installed it only shows half on my Windows 7 64 bit system.

when i bought it it had 4gb installed, but i could only use 1.99,
so i installed 2GB more from my old computer(which had DDR3 ram as well) but now it shows 2.99 Usable with 6GB installed.

in BIOS it also shows 3 thousand something. and showed 2k something with only the original parts.

and yes i'm sure i run a 64bit system and not a 32bit as it says so below how much ram i have installed and can use.

anyone know what causes this and knows how i can fix it? had blue screen 2-3 times now cause to much memory was used. and its bugging me so to speak.

any help would be great. i will call the support over the new year tho, but would be great to get help if anyhone know why. you can see my specs on my profile.

Thanks,

Jade


Jade Hi and welcome

Nice post. You may have a setting in bios called max mem. check and it should be unchecked.
Let us know if that doesnt help

Ken J+

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hi guys,
i've never had this problem before, my windows 7 used to utilize all my ram, since my hdd crashed and i got a new one i bought extra ram, my motherboard can support up to 16gb ram unbuffered, i have a 64bit windows, i updated my bios, yet my windows still
uses only 4gb of my 12gb ram, and i found that the memory reserved for hardware is an astonishing 8gb, i followed all the guidelines i could find on the forums and still can't fix it, i saw that others encountered this problem asswell, how can i fix this?
any pointers or solutions out there? would installing an older version of windows perhaps solve this problem? like xp pro? thanks in advance
ruan

A:Windows 7 hardware reserved memory way too much!

msconfig, boot tab, advanced options, uncheck the maximum memory if it is limited.
The working and private columns are the actual physical amount used. If you look at the shared, most of the reserved memory could be used by other needs if required.
 
Your Blackberry app is causing hard faults. RIM.Desktop.exe  Do you have the latest version for Windows 7?
 
I simply point out that you may never approach using all of the ram. Today's hardware is very powerful. Run the CPU meter gadget and configure it for always on top.
Then multitask as many processes\applications as you can and observe the memory usage. My guess is 30% maximum utilized.
 
I would not get concerned about how the system utilizes resources unless you find that you are having performance issues. 
You could now run multiple virtual machines simultaneously with all of that memory installed. Do you have a quad core to allocate cores?
Use the rig and have fun.
 
 

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My windows xp 64 bit runs super slow after windows loading sign and it takes me 2 hrs to open up the desktop and transfer 6 images. I use 2 RAM's of 2gb (kingston DDR2). When I opened up BIOS, it showed 640k as base memory and 126m as extended memory.
There are no details under the computer title if I try to check the properties of computer or maybe it is just taking too much time to display. the desktop is fine, my computer still works but takes hours to do a simple task. it all started all of a sudden. Also I would like to know if 'unganged mode' is fine as it is displayed when the system boots. I tried to check another different RAM on the computer, but still no change, so I am confused regarding the problem.
 

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first of all sorry fo my english.I have some kind of problem that 1.2 gigabytes of memory is reserved for hardware, but I have only 2 giggabytes of memory, so i think its a problem, when more than half of memory is unavailable. But I am not first owner of its computer, and maybe it was like that from the begining.And all I read about this problem I allready try to do:in msconfig maximum memory uncheked, in BIOS is no any settings with memory remap or any similar, modules is compatible with motherboard and its factory installed, and I try to change them, and its tested with standart notebook test and memtest86.and its all i do, and problem is not solved.and more that, I test its notebook with other operational systems: windows xp, 7, 10 with 64 and 32 bits, and every time its 1.2 Gb reserved for hardware.

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Ive got a Sony Vaio 64bit laptop dual processor 2.20 GHz. Its been very slow - the computer usage will stay about 70% and memory usage is alwasy >90%?? I looked at resource monitor and:

2300MB hardware reserved
664MB in use
3MB modified
94MB standbye
1MB Free

Currently there is 3GB of RAM installed with only about 700mb free; Im assuming this should be upwards to about 2.3GB free?

What is going on here? Why is the hardware reserved memory sooo high? Im assuming thats why it is slow - there is no free memory. Any ideas?

A:75% of Memory is Hardware Reserved?

Could it be a problem with one of the RAM sticks? Im assuming there is a 2Gb + 1GB stick installed now. If one of these were not working properly, would my system profile still show 3GB or would it show less?

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I had 2 gb of ddr3 ram installed before, yesterday i added 2 more gb but the system uses only 3.24 gb and the rest is reserved for hardware. I hope it is used for graphics memory but i have an external graphic card of 1 gb video memory. How to release this memory. I have searched many forums and they suggested to uncheck the maxmemory in msconfig, that didnt work.

Also they asked to enable memory remapping in bios, but my bios doesnt have that option. My OS is windows 7 ultimate 32 bit.

I'm attaching the screenshots below.

A:Hardware reserved Memory?

There are a lot of things that can cause this. However since you are on 32 bit windows 3.2 gigs is the maximum it will make use of. This is a limitation in the 32bit system not an actual error per say.

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ive got 2gb memory but it says here that only 1 gb is usable..can anyone help me with this?




here is my resource monitor

A:Hardware reserved memory need help

  
Quote: Originally Posted by retryme07


ive got 2gb memory but it says here that only 1 gb is usable..can anyone help me with this?

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here is my resource monitor

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First 2 gigs isnt enough.

In win 7 the OS takes about 1/2 to put into fast cache for when you open an app. I suspect the rest is shared video memory.

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I have a total of 8gb of RAM installed, however, despite recognizing all 8gb, only 4gb are usable.
The problem has persisted since I downgraded from win 10, and ever since that i've been receiving "Computer low on memory messages" while using heavy programs.
 

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I have a windows 10 computer that i did a clean install during the free upgrade. Now i went the Task Manager to see that , my hardware reserved memory is 5.5GB. I have a 8GB ram and i can only use 2.5 gb.. How can i fix this?

A:Hardware Reserved Memory 5.5GB

Are you running the 32bit or 64bit Windows? With the 32bit you have approximately 3.571gb roughly to work with out of the first 4gb of memory installed. The rest is simply mapped out to hardwares. The 64bit on the other hand will handle upwards of 128gb of memory in theory.

Running the 64bit 10 Pro here with 16gb installed I see 2.9gb in use at the moment due to having browser windows and a few other startups running while idle it sits at about 1.5gb. The "Hardware Reserved" immediately implies the 32bit Windows where I wouldn't be seeing the 13.1gb available out of the 16gb total here.

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Hey, everyone. I bought a Lenovo Z585 laptop (AMD dual graphics variant) last year for some light gaming while on vacation. It came with 1 4GB stick to which I promptly added another. The system properties showed that only 3.42GB of the installed 8 were usable. I started with the MSCONFIG maximum memory option, updated the bios, bought a new 2x4 kit of memory, even took it from it's preinstalled Win8 x64 to 7 pro x64 thinking maybe the factory installed OS was messed up (and I wasn't a fan of 8).

Lenovo support insists I have a 32 bit OS installed (disc, case and system properties dialogue say otherwise), the RAM is bad (all 4 sticks test fine in another machines and individually in this one) and that they can't touch it since it has a different OS on it than factory. Also, in my testing, I've found that it will boot with a single stick in one of the slots but not the other, no matter which one it is.

Any ideas? I'm fresh out.

A:x64 hardware reserved memory issue

From post #1





Quote:
MSCONFIG maximum memory option


Could you please explain this? What you did where?
If it's what I think you did it should look like this.

Could you give us a full picture of this below.

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My computer has been pretty slow lately, so I when I went to the task manager, I see less than 2gb of RAM(as you can see in the attached screenshot) . I have no idea how to fix this. Any sugestions?

A:Hardware reserved memory issue

Did you install any updates or new video driver around this time?

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This weekend I got home and set my laptop up, started playing a game, and it froze up on me. I didn't think too much of it, restarted, went on youtube, and a few videos later, it hung up again. This time however, it resumed after a while of stuttering. Since then I have had three other hangups just this weekend that I had to restart from. I was looking through my explorer and noticed that under my System tab it showed my RAM as 4GB (3GB usable) so I started looking into this. I never remember this being this way. Under my resource manager, it is showing 1025mb reserved for hardware, which seems very strange. My graphics card is dedicated, so I have no clue what would be causing this.

So my computer is using approx 1/2 of my RAM all the time just doing basic tasks, and it freezes up quite often if i start doing memory intensive things like classwork.
Googling the issue showed a few people talking about reformatting their computers or remapping their memory in bios. I did reformat a few weeks ago, but I don't know that the issue stems from there. There is no memory mapping option in my bios, so that's out. I actually decided to reformat again today to see if it helped, and this time I completely reset my harddrive instead of just reinstalling windows, but it still didn't fix the issue.

I've run windows memory diagnostic, and it says there is no issue. Memtest86 I had running for about 8 hours last night, no errors reported but it lists my memory as 3017MB... Read more

A:Hardware Reserved Memory and Freezing

Memtest86 I had running for about 8 hours last night, no errors reported but it lists my memory as 3017MB, not 4096MB like it should be..Hi -It seems that you are OK with playing a bit with your computer from the post.I would prefer it if you could run Memtest86 with only one stick of RAM installed, and then repeat it.>>it lists my memory as 3017MB, not 4096MB like it should be.. << Do you mean there are 4 sticks of RAM.If one stick is not regestering this will find it, and you can then replace it.Single stick tests should not take quite as long, since a bad one will show up quicker.Regards -

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I have a SL410 running Windows 10 32-bit 4GB RAM. It has Intel 4 series chipset graphics. In Task Manager it shows hardware reserved ram is 1.2 GB. Why is it reserving so much ? How can I reduce it to lower so that there is more ram available for the whole system ?I already checked in msconfig in Boot->Advanced that the max memory box is unchecked.Please help.Thanks. 

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Well, I've read soooo much about this problem, I'm already got confused.
As the title mention - I think I've got too much of my phisycal memory allocated to hardware by Win 7. (Ultimate 32 bit edition, BTW).
Yes, I know there's many posts with this prbolem - but that part of my problem too...
I read some articles, and I thought I understand my problem, and than - I read more, and more, and more... the more that I've read - the less I can determine where the problem come from.
I read this, and this, and this and this so far, and that why I got all confused up.

So, let's start from scratch - I've got a desktop : (specs)
AMD Athlon II X2 245 processor, 2900 Mhz.
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H - Link here.
2 kits of RAM, 2GB each.

When I open System Properties - It shows in the RAM section - 4.00 GB installed - 2.75 Usable.
Why is this?
I've got an onboard video card (ATI Redeon HD 4200), but it takes only 512MB of the memory. Where's the rest of it?



Here is image from Resource Monitor, showing that 1282 MB is hardware reserved memory.

IMPORTANT: I've got into this problem because I've just installed 2GB memory stick, in addition to the 2GB memroy stick I've already got. I've checked with CPU-Z and they match. Installed them as a dual channel, on the blue DIMMs on my MOBO.

I'll be pleased if someone can sort out the mess in my head about all those memory problem..

Thanks in advance.

A:1282MB hardware reserved memory - seems too much to me..

well i see the problem is because of softwares installed in your system.
do these steps:
1) go to msconfig (type it in start menu) then uncheck any unwanted programs that are running in your startup. place the screen shot of that here so i can help you on that.
2) check your drivers and make sure you have the latest and updated ones
3)check your system with an antivirus

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Hi,

So, I upgraded my PC a couple of days ago with 16GB more memory and a 240GB SSD, after installing Win7 Pro, I found that it registered all 20GB but claimed that only (hah only...) 12 were useable. I looked in the resource monitor and found that 8GB are "hardware reserved". Every place I've looked says to go in to msconfig and uncheck a maximum memory box, mine isn't checked. The only other cause I've read about is in the BIOS. Is there anyway to change this? 8GB seems like a lot to be reserved for hardware... Thanks.

Motherboard is an Asrock990FX extreme4 and everything has been switched back to stock speeds.
 

A:Changing Hardware Reserved Memory

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ok heres my issue, and yes ive googled and read through all the posts I could find and nothing has helped.

I just rebuilt my computer, new motherboard and such and it has 6 GB of ram installed but it is only using 2 GB and has 4 GB hardware reserved.

I have went and set the bios settings to memory remapping, I have tried reinstalling windows, I've tried unchecking the msconfig max memory, reseating the ram, and resetting the bios.

In the Systems window it reads that there is Total 6 GB Memory and only 2 GB usable, and in the Bios in the System information it also reads only 2 GB usable memory. The ram sticks arnt new, I took them form my old computer when I did the rebuilt, which are 3 Elipida 2GB 1333 MHz sticks

The motherboard is a Maximus III Gene with bios version 2103
OS is Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.

A:Window 7 64 bit Hardware reserved memory

On the basis there may be compatibility issues between your motherboard, RAM and BIOS, have you considered contacting ASUS for support?

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download Maximus III Gene

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- CPU Support Maximus III Gene Core i3 540(3.06G,L2:4M,IGPU, rev.C2,73W)

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Hey guys. I have an evga p55sli motherboard and a gtx460 graphics card. I have 8gb of memory installed but in win10 and the bios it only shows 4gb usable. When going into the bios it shows 4096 mb available, and in win10 it shows 4gb usable and 4gb hardware reserved. I tried changing settings in the bios and resetting the cmos to see if that would fix it to no avail. I am unsure if it is an issue with win10 or with the bios seeing as the bios is only seeing 4096 mb. I have had this happen before but I have been able to fix it. Is there something I am missing? I'm king of at a loss. I have taken the sticks out and cleaned them but that didn't help either. Any help is good. Thanks guys.

A:Hardware reserved memory issue

Can you please provide a bit more information so that we can help you?

Do you have 2 memory sticks? Which slots have you put them in? Is your Windows 10 a 32bit or 64 bit installation?

Thanks!

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hi i have a bit of a problem with my laptop.My laptop used to have 2 gb ram and still have 1.47 used and i taught ok its close but today i upgred it to 4 gb ram and still have 1.43 used what seem to be the problem ? as u can see resource monitor is showing 2.5 gb hardware resource p.s i have tried msconfig ad it is not working
here is all u need to know about my laptop

System Information
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Time of this report: 11/16/2015, 16:16:08
Machine name: DESKTOP-6KLG0GR
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 10240) (10240.th1.150709-1700)
Language: Bosnian (Latin) (Regional Setting: Bosnian (Latin))
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP ProBook 6465b
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD A6-3430MX APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.7GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 1504MB RAM
Page File: 1859MB used, 860MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: 11.1
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
Miracast: Not Available
Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Not Supported
DxDiag Version: 10.00.10240.16384 64bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9... Read more

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hardware reserved memory on my laptop increased to 4.6gb for no apparent reason.


details: Hp pavillion G6 notebook Processor AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 1500 Mhz, 4 Core(s) bios:BIOS Version Insyde F.6A

installed physicall memory 6gb total physical memory(usable) 1.48gb which was formerly 5.5gb.


As far as i can tell ive updated all drivers and bios,checked that the max memory box in msconfig is unchecked. cant access the locked/hidden options in bios and the regedit page file value change didnt work either. done a system recovery, still no change and i have not opened the laptop physically,because i have not made any physical changes to it since purchase
any new help will be appreciated

A:hardware reserved memory increased

Welcome to sevenforums,

You should put a screenshot here of your Resources Monitor (memory tab) for some being able to help solving your problem.

See if it helps: Virtual Memory Paging File - Change

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Hi all

I'm having an issue with "hardware reserved" memory in Win 7. I followed a guide somewhere to speed up my booting when I was bored and it involved changing the number of cpus used in boot, however after I did this windows only shows 4gb of ram as usable. I undid this change but its still happening!

Can anyone help?

A:Hardware Reserved memory issue ...

  
Quote: Originally Posted by SBB


Hi all

I'm having an issue with "hardware reserved" memory in Win 7. I followed a guide somewhere to speed up my booting when I was bored and it involved changing the number of cpus used in boot, however after I did this windows only shows 4gb of ram as usable. I undid this change but its still happening!

Can anyone help?



type msconfig in search find the "max memory" and Max cpus" and uncheck them.

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i newly added a 2GB ram in my G560 but it is consuming 1.1 GB as hardware reserved .how i can reduce it. As my usable memory in a whole is only 2.9 GB.

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Hi all.

Been having an issue for a few months now i have 4gb corsair dominator gt ram installed but my system in only showing 1.96gb usable and looking in resource monitor its showing 2091 mb as system reserved
cpu: OctalCore AMD FX-8120, 4000 MHz
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
Module Name Corsair Dominator GT CMT4GX3M2A2133C9
Video Adapter AMD Radeon HD 7950 (3gb)

is this a resolvable issue ive reinstalled and problem is still there

Ive tried booting of one DIMM and it boots fine bios shows 4gb as well im stuck

A:High Hardware reserved memory

I don't think there is anything you can do about it. I had a similar problem with my Dell Precision 370.
had 4GB ram but only 3GB was useable, 1Gb was reserved and could not be changed.

Lots of hits on Google but not fixes I could find.

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Good day, i currently have a physical ram of 4gb and only 3.0gb is usable.i would like to remove that 1gb reserved memory or change it to half since i would be using a little over the 3.0gb usable memory.i have tried:1. msconfig2. clearpagefileatshutdowni havent tried memory hole remapping because i cant seem to find it in my bios. please help me.

A:How to remove hardware reserved memory

Hello, So have you tried msconfig boot tab advanced options and unchecking maximum memory?





I am an HP employee!

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I used HP Pavilion G4-2216TU, 2Gb DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 4000, and Windows 8 Pro 32 bit, x64 processor.
The usable memory only 935 Mb, fewer than hardware-reserved that take 1,1 Gb of memory.

Is that normal ? that hardware-reserved took more memory rather than usable ??
please if any explanation for what reason they do that ?

I've check the BIOS, no remapping setting that I can use for.
can I remapping / reduce those hardware-reserved usage in such other way ?
or how can i increase my usable memory close to installed RAM ?
I've not done any change or upgrade since I bought that new laptop, and its seem memory-load is too busy
(I've check with the performance-monitor).

please any assistant will be appraciate.
looking for your replies.

thanks, best regards.
irfan eb.

A:how to reduce hardware-reserved memory usage ?

Some of it is probably used by video. On the other hand 2GB of memory is just too little for today's computers.

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My system Specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
HP -515t Desktop
3x 2gig RAM sticks : DDR Samsung 2 GB Memory 1RX8 PC3-10600U
MS-7163(Iona-GL8E)

Initial Issues:
Recently my computer began having problems at startup. The computer would load to the windows start up screen (black with the 4 spinning balls that combine to the windows icon) and then shut itself off.

Initial Troubleshooting:
At first I thought this was the PSU, which I tried replacing from another computer, but this did not change anything. Eventually I tried moving around my RAM sticks. After moving around the sticks, the computer would start up and runs, however I have a new problem.

Current Issue:
My computer is currently running very slowly. Checking resource monitor shows that ~4gigs of my 6 gigs of ram is being reserved by hardware. System properties shows that i have 6gigs of RAM, but only 1.96gigs is useable. If I go into the Bios, I can see that it recognizes the three 2gig sticks, but on a separate line that reads "Physical Memory installed" says there is only 2 gigs of RAM.

Current Troubleshooting:

1. Ram Configuration (very strange)
I have 3 identical sticks of RAM and four slots in the mobo. I have tried many configurations: 0xxx, x0xx, xx0x, xxx0. As near as I can tell the first memory slot is broken as any stick in that slot will cause the computer to fail to start up. In fact, the monitor won't even receive a signal. That leaves only the 0xxx configuration for me to try. Even though the memo... Read more

A:High Physical Memory Reserved by Hardware

Hi there and welcome to SF!

Firstly could you provide a screenshot of your task manager showing the exact RAM Usage?

Could you also check in the services list and see if Superfetch or Prefetch are enabled?

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Hello,
I have this strange issue. When i turn on my pc at first it has half of the memory as "hardware reserved". And when i reboot my device, things go back to normal. It's been annoying for a while, because I have to boot my notebook for 2 times! Here are some screenshots attached which show the situation after the first boot, the second boot and some more information about my system. Thank you!

A:Hardware reserved memory issue (fixes after reboot)

This is typical of the corruption that comes when WIn7 is preinstalled with a boatload of sponsored crapware and duplicate utilities that throttle Win7 native state. HP is the very worst for this.

Most tech enthusiasts prefer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps in the blue link show you how to get and keep a perfect install if you use only the tools and methods in the tutorial.

At the minimum I would Clean Up Factory Bloatware

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So i was trying to play a few steam games lately, and i noticed they were running really slow and weren't loading properly, so i went to investigate what was going on, and then i stumbled on to this

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So after that i went to the web, To try and figure out solutions, now The First solution i found was to update my BIOS, so i went ahead and did that



Still had the same problem,
So after that, i remeber that i just reinstalled win 7, so i scrounged up my mobos driver disk and installed everything i could

Still nothing, still seeing 13GB as hardware reserved.

Below are a few screens of probbly stuff youll want to see or ask for






Also FUll build can be found here.

Any and all help would be appreciated, Thanks

A:Hardware reserved show Huge amount of memory

In your last screen print it shows you have Windows 32 Bit installed.
You would need to do a clean install with Windows 64 Bit to use all your RAM.

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SPECs:

Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 1/22/2008
Installed Physical Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB
Adapter Description: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Adapter RAM: 512.00 MB (536,870,912 bytes)
Motherboard: nForce 680i SLI SPP/ nForce 680i SLI MCP

Hello I've been searching these forums and all over the web for an answer but have found no solutions. I've got 8gb of DDR2 Ram installed and only 2.5gbs of that is available.

I've attempted to activate PAE but that is no go. I've reinstalled each ram alone so see if it were the sticks themselves and still no good. The only update for the Bios is 5 years old and I had to do a system restore when I attempted to update it. I can't find much info on Nvidia SLI so I'm stumped.

I run with Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit and I do know that a certain percentage will be reserved but 5gbs of ram being held is ridiculous. My video card only takes up 512mb so that doesn't seem to be the issue.



Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

A:Hardware Reserved Memory Issue (2.5gb Usable out of 8gb) WIN 7 32bit

Hi Erriiieeee welcome to SevenForums

The reason you're seeing 2.5GBs is due to your 32-bit OS version of Windows 7 Home Premium . 32-bit OSes dont see anything past 2.5GBs . If you want to see 8GBs you would need 64-bit version of Windows . That would need to be a reinstallation of Windows 7 not an upgrade .

Take a look at the link below to achieve the best solution

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7



   Tip
Please look at Step 1 and 2 in the above tutorial . If you need a 64-bit version of your Windows 7 Home Premium

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I have two sticks of 4gb PNY RAM (8gb total) installed in an Asrock A75M motherboard, which supports 16GB of RAM. I've already flashed my BIOS, thinking that may be it, but it didn't work.

Windows 7 as well as my BIOS show that 8GB of RAM is installed, but only 3.73 is usable. I have an onboard video card, so 256MB is dedicated to that, which makes sense, but why isn't the other 4GB showing up?

A:Windows 7 64bit shows 3.73GB usable memory with 8GB installed

You need a setting in the BIOS called Memory Remapping.

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I have Dell Insprion z15 5523 ultrabook that i used for two years. I never had any problems, but i will reinstall windows for security measures. However i decided to reset it to factory settings first, Now it says that only 280 from 450 GB are free on my memory. How is that possible since nothing is installed except a few movies? Is something wrong or its just me being totally unaware. Once i preinstall the windows will it free more space (not that i need it, just wondering) I am with windows 8 after the reset..

A:My memory is almost half full after reset

Look in your c drive for a Windows.old file if it is there do a disk cleanup and select remove old windows installations..
 
Windows.old takes up sometimes 100GB
 
Note - you can not just delete this file unless you boot from a live CD like hirens of ubuntu.

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I have Dell Insprion z15 5523 ultrabook that i used for two years. I never had any problems, but i will reinstall windows for security measures. However i decided to reset it to factory settings first, Now it says that only 280 from 450 GB are free on my memory. How is that possible since nothing is installed except a few movies? Is something wrong or its just me being totally unaware. Once i preinstall the windows will it free more space (not that i need it, just wondering) I am with windows 8 after the reset..

A:My memory is almost half full after reset

Look in your c drive for a Windows.old file if it is there do a disk cleanup and select remove old windows installations..
 
Windows.old takes up sometimes 100GB
 
Note - you can not just delete this file unless you boot from a live CD like hirens of ubuntu.

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Hi All

I have just finished a new build on a pc with the following specs:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

M/B: ASUS P5N-D

Processor: Intel Quadcore Q6600

GPU: Nvidia 9600GT

RAM: 8GB DDR2

S/C:Creative Labs expansion card

The issue I'm having is that, even though both the BIOS and windows recognize that there is 8GB of RAM installed only 3.25 is 'useable'. looking around I've found that just under 5GB is 'reserved for hardware'. I can accept a GB or so being used but 5 is a little over the top.

So far I have:

checked BIOS for 'memory remap' option, which is unavailable.

updated the BIOS.

As it recognises the full 8GB I can safely say the RAM isn't faulty.
Anyone have any suggestions.
 

A:Solved: Memory Issue in new build relating to 'reserved for hardware'

Only about 3.25 GB RAM is usable on a computer with a 32-bit OS. The solution to your problem is a 64-bit OS.
 

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I recently upgraded my processor & motherboard from...

AMD Phenom II X2 550
Asus M4N68T-M

Now it's AMD FX-4300 & Asus M5A78L-M LX3. I ran two modules of RAM (4GB + 2GB) on that previous motherboard. These are my modules...

1. Corsair CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9 Vengeance 4GB Single Module DDR3 Memory
2. Kingston Value RAM 2GB (don't know the exact model but it was a 1333Mhz module)

Both modules have the same latency. I just had to downclock the corsair module to 1333Mhz & then they both ran in dual channel mode.
Now on this new motherboard, when I check sys info in BIOS, it shows just 4GB RAM (or 2GB; basically it just detects what's in the first slot). When I boot into Windows, it says that 2GB (or 4GB; the other slot) is always hardware reserved.
Also task manager shows wrong RAM speed. Instead of 1333Mhz, it shows 1600Mhz. And when I really run it at 1600Mhz or even below 1333Mhz, it's always wrong in task manager.
There's another interesting thing happening when I try to change the memory speed in BIOS. When I change it & as soon as I hit enter (after F10), system just powers down for a few seconds & boots right up. This is just my second motherboard & idk if it's normal but it sure doesn't feel right

I'm posting this after going through a lot of posts on similar topics & the solutions are not working for me. I even checked for bent pins on my CPU but it looks good. As it looks, either the RAM modules are inco... Read more

A:Solved: Memory on 2nd DIMM slot is always hardware reserved on new motherboard

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Hi,

Joined today just so I can put this little problem out there and see if someone can shed some light on it as it has baffled me somewhat.
I have 4gb of RAM installed on Windows 7 32-bit , I know that 32-bit won`t allow me to use all of it, but I believe I should be able to access at least 3.5Gb.
Anyway, I can only use 2.5Gb as alot is Hardware Reserved ( 1538Mb to be precise ), I could accept that fact if the following didn`t happen - this is what is confusing me no end.
When I remove one strip of RAM ( I have 2x 2gb ) , the memory obviously drops to 2gb, BUT, the hardware reserved memory also drops  - to 2MB!!
As soon as I put the other strip back in and go back to 4Gb I`m suddenly hit with the 1538Mb Hardware reserved again.
To try diagnosing things, I removed my PCI graphics card and used the onboard VGA. The hardware reserved memory then dropped to 750Mb, so I came to the conclusion that the graphics card is taking 750mb. But ( this is what confuses me ) , when I only have 2gb installed the hardware reserved is 2mb , so nothing is been reserved for the graphics card in this case, and whatever is using the other 750mb doesn`t take it either!

I need the VGA card installed as I use two monitors at work and the card is dual head.
Can anyone tell me why the hardware reserved memory rockets up to 1538Mb when I have the 4gb installed, yet is only 2mb with 2gb installed?
Surely if the VGA card ( and whatever else ) needs the 1538mb then it would still try and take ... Read more

A:Hardware Reserved Memory is high - advice/opinions required..

Hello Ade,
 
Everything you describes sounds about right to me. The more memory you add, the more Windows will try to allocate; however, with only 2 GBs installed, windows (probably) cannot allocate memory to specific functions because it may have to swap programs in and out of memory as required. However, once you up it to 4 GBs, a new allocation scheme kicks in. First off, windows will take (up to) a full 1GB of memory off the top due to your 32 bit OS limitation. How much it takes off depends on your chipset limitations and/or your bios restrictions. So, when you upped the memory to 4 GBs, windows decided there was now enough memory to allocate a specific amount to the graphics function, and it appears that allocation will vary (on your machine) based on whether or not you are using onboard graphics or an external graphics card.

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Hi, I got my first (new) iPod and just yesterday I downloaded itunes and connected the iPod to my computer. It seems to be working okay but the problems is that the bar at the bottom of the iTunes shows that the iPod's disk is just a bit over half full So instead of the iPod having about 40 GB free it says that it has about 14GB free with the rest GB full. I had only uploaded one album on the iPod. Any idea what might have caused it and any help on how I can fix this? Please be nice to me, I am an iPod beginner! Thanks!
 

A:Brand New iPod with memory already half full

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I got a new laptop, which im using now, came with 3 gig ram, i got another 2 gig ram and swapped out the old 1 gig so i now have 4 gig ram. When i right click my computer and look at the ram it says 3 gigs still, but when i go into bios it reads as 4 gigs, is this a problem i should worry about? can this be fixed, am i running 3 gigs or 4 gigs? is this a problem at all or normal?

I swapped the new ram out and left the original 2 gig in, and it read as 2 gig, i took the old one out and put in the new 2 gig and it read as 2 gigs, i put the old 1 gig and new 2 gig and it read as 3 , i put old gig and old 2 gig in and it read as 3, but when i put both 2 gigs in it reads as 3 in xp, while all other configurations show up properly in both bios and xp.

If you need more information on comp just ask
 

A:Bios memory and XP memory shows up different

Hi MysterioMask,
the short version is that it is something called MMOI, memory mapped I/O reservations, its an architectural design and decision made long ago when the idea of having a full gig of ram was thought to be preposterous and would not ever happen or be needed. in a 32 bit os
it lets you use somewhere between 2.75 and 3.25 Gb of 'working memory' and reserves the rest for things like pci buses, installed hardware, etc. the other Gig is there, you just don't get to use it as working memory. your bios shows you physical Ram installed. and XP is showing you the "working Ram" you have availible.
 

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In my XP Pro service pack 3, fully updated the full 4 GB of memory is not detected and used. In the System Properties and the Task Manager/ Performance/ Physical Memory it does only show 3.25 GB of RAM. But in the System Information it shows the full 4 GB. I did see at a Microsoft web site that XP 32 bit should detect and use up to a maximum of 4 GB, so what trick can I do to solve this issue. And in the BIOS the memory detected is; 4096 MB which is 4 GB, thanks.
 

A:Solved: full 4 GB of memory not detected and used

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Hey, I recently noticed that only half of my ram is usable and the other half is "hardware reserved". I tried fixing this by:
clearing cmos
msconfig boot options
updating bios
reseating the ram and changing places

however none of them work, does anyone here know how to fix this?

A:Half of ram hardware reserved?

This is normally cause by messing with Boot Advance Options or the ram is not installed properly as per the motherboard manual. The last thing to do is update bios for such a problem.

Please use this tutorial to help you fill in your system specs properly.

By Brink:
System Info - See Your System Specs

Notice NO check marks.

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Hi, i recently bought a 1GB VERBATIM usb memory key like the one shown in the photo below. The problem is that when i plug it in windows recognizes it as being a 600mb memory. I don't know why is that, i went to manage on my pc to see the partitions but it doesn't let me erase or create anything. Any help i would really appreciate it, thanks!
http://www.verbatim-latinoamerica.com/products/detail.cfm?product_id=D9980BFF-1143-3415-5F12699E2053ED48&cat_id=D88B5691-1143-3415-5FFC09D6D568E073
 

A:Windows shows 1Gb memory as a 600mb memory

Check to make sure it's not Write-protected.There should be a switch somewhere on it.
You should then be able to reformat /repartition it. If not then it could be a defective product. I'd return it and try another.
 

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Hi just installed windows7 and my C drive is still half full my acer folder is still there and windows.old. what can be taking up so much room? tried to take screen grabs put dont know how to paste into 7paint lol. thanks.

A:installed windows 7 but c drive still half full..

Do you know how to use the snippin tool in win7 ?

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Hello,

I have seen a fair amount of discussion regarding Win8 x64 OS demanding a high amount of RAM, but none of the solutions recommended have solved my issue.

My (inherited) Sony VAIO has 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 RAM. This amount is recognized by BIOS. Resource monitor and task manager both inform me that 2.3gb of this RAM is hardware reserved. This seems atypical as compared to similar systems proffered elsewhere in this forum.

As far as I know, every aspect of the system is factory with the exception of the OS. It was upgraded from Win7 x64 to Win8 x64 before it came into my possession.

Quick Specs:
Win8 x64
Radeon HD 4200 (256mb reserved)
AMD? Athlon? II X2 2.10ghz
Screenshot for reference:
To this point I have tried:
1) Swapping RAM channels
2) Updating BIOS (from Sony Website)
3) Memory Diagnostic
4) Ticking and unticking MSCONFIG > Boot > Advanced > Max Memory

Thanks.

A:Unusually High "Hardware Reserved" Memory

My first impression is that the onboard graphics chip is using system memory for video. There should be some BIOS or other setting to control how much system ram it will use.

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hello, i've got a 4 month old ASUS desktop that has random BSOD. i'm not very computer literate and could really use some help. called ASUS and all they recommended was to send the computer in for repair. was about to do it until they said all my stuff would be wiped out. would like to try this first. the computer has been doing this since day one. it'll crash during use and other times while idle. can't figure out what causing this or why.

win 7 home premium 64 came preloaded on the machine. i added a Nvidia GEForce 430 card and a 2nd hard drive. also added an external usb hard drive. i don't think any of these adds are involved since the BSOD was appearing before i added anything.

i followed the instructions to include the zip file you need. have never done anything like this so i hope it works. my head is spinning lol!

thank you
Lev

A:random BSOD. memory check says hardware problem detected.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by levitt


hello, i've got a 4 month old ASUS desktop that has random BSOD. i'm not very computer literate and could really use some help. called ASUS and all they recommended was to send the computer in for repair. was about to do it until they said all my stuff would be wiped out. would like to try this first. the computer has been doing this since day one. it'll crash during use and other times while idle. can't figure out what causing this or why.

win 7 home premium 64 came preloaded on the machine. i added a Nvidia GEForce 430 card and a 2nd hard drive. also added an external usb hard drive. i don't think any of these adds are involved since the BSOD was appearing before i added anything.

i followed the instructions to include the zip file you need. have never done anything like this so i hope it works. my head is spinning lol!

thank you
Lev


It is usually very difficult to diagnose from a single DMP file and yours is no exception. While there is no direct evidence I strongly suspect your Symantec. I woud remove and replace with Microsoft Security essentials at least to test.

Download and run the Norton Removal Tool to uninstall your Norton product | Norton Support

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

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hello madame and sirs,

Ihave got 128 mb ram on my pc. when i start my pc it shows 32mb shared memory. windows shows 96mb ram. i am not able to install some applications which require min.128mb ram.(windows 2000 pro)&(windows98se)

i once used KNOPPIX LIVE CD and then created some swap file as prompted..... which i deleted later on. i dint notice the ram showed my windows then. incidently i have even formatted my c: drive lateron .... but windows shows 96 mb ram

I want my ram to be fully utilised.. pls help
 

A:RAM (Random Access Memory) - "Shared Memory" , Windows shows less RAM.

128 - 32 = 96

Shared memory means that a part of your system memory is used by the video card and is not available for programs. You should be able to adjust the amount of shared memory in BIOS setup. Note that you will never be able to get the full 128MB unless you get a proper video card.
 

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