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Not all of my ram is "usable"

I have an hp laptop with 6 gb of ram but in the proporties of my pc, it says 4.94 go are usable. I have looked at the resource monitor for my pc and it does say the a little over a gb is "reserved". I have tried many different solutions such as msconfig that have not worked. Anything helps at this point.

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Sounds right.

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In many laptops memory is shared with the video system. Since nothing is broke here, that's likely why you can't fix it.

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Ok...

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I don't recal it always reserving some of my ram, I think it may have started doing that recently. Maybe I'm wrong.

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Here's a thing.

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Video ram...

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As Robert stated to you, in getting the best video your system has allocated system ram for video use. That provides a better video output or supports better what you have. Also, when it comes to ram, MS does a good job handling all this w/o any best tweeking on your part, it just does. So, any fiddling with it may actually decrease the efficiently already present. I would leave it alone. Of course, if your system can handle it, increase ram by either replacing lower capacity ram with higher one of similar type. In most cases that means exchanging some a pair, like from 2x1Gb for 2x2Gb stsicks, etc.. Your manual or visit the ram experts at crucial.com for your model# should explain what can be done.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Ok...

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I don't recal it always reserving some of my ram, I think it may have started doing that recently. Maybe I'm wrong.

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If you're into better video viewing or have used some video aspects that require better viewing, your system *MAY* have integrated itself to do so. -OR- some video pgm. has done this as well. I'm sure 1gb of ram is about the most any laptop would get from system ram as yours seems to report. Understand the numbers vary as they follow 1,024 per vs. 1,000 count. Anyways, if you want to maybe the bios has a direct access to how video is handled, only your manual or vendor support website provides info on the topic. As i stated, it have been increased by some pgm. or video mgr. setup, which could be accessed by tapping the display and checking on properties. However, overall again I wouldn't fiddle with it. Though you play all you want. good luck

tada -----Willy Happy

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