memory question

Paras pradhan pradhanparas at
Wed Jan 7 22:48:31 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM, Preston Hagar <prestonh at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 5:56 AM, Chris Jones <jonesc at> wrote:
>> I very much doubt that all your 'missing' ram (~750M) has been allocated
>> to video though, probably at 128/256 MB, 512 at most. So the question is
>> if you can get the rest back. It may well be because 32bit windows
>> cannot use more than 3.2 GB, your bios may simply be assumes no one
>> would ever care about this ram and is simply ignoring it with no option
>> to use it.
>> Chris
> I think this is likely.  If you look at the tech specs in the online
> manual for the laptop:
> and scroll down to the Video section, you will see that, according to
> the specs, the video card should not use more than 224 MB.  If you
> look at Intel's page for the graphic card chipset:
> This reconfirms the 224 MB maximum.
> Back on the Dell tech specs in the first link, however, it lists the
> maximum memory amount as 2GB.  I have seen other motherboards that,
> although they support 64-bit processors, still have a < 4 GB RAM
> limitation due to either some poor board design or dumb BIOS
> limitation.  My guess would be that this probably may be some kind of
> BIOS issue, but that is just a guess.

Well it might be BIOS then :(

> Preston
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