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04-13-2011 05:37 PM
I have a HP Pavilion dv6885se laptop that came with 3GB of RAM. I took out the 1GB stick and put a 2GB in. It's compatible and everything, but the system report is still saying I have 3GB of 'Physical Memory', even though it ways 4GB for 'Installed'. I've been told that the 32-bit OS can only handle 3.5GB. But since I have 4 installed, shouldn't the 'Physical Memory' be reading 3500MB? I have Vista 32-bit, computer can handle 4GB of RAM, DDR2-667 PC25300. How do I get the computer to recognize it's full 3.5GB potential?
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04-13-2011 10:58 PM
Well, it kind of does. I don't know if I need it explained in more simple terms. The manual says this laptop comes with 3GB and is upgradable to 4, so why would it say that if it wouldn't work? And if that article says some memory is blocked or not seen, if I install an extra GB, wouldn't there be even a small increase to physical memory even if most of it isn't seen?
04-13-2011 11:37 PM
Its upgradable so that if you choose the 64 bit version of Windows you can do so
and take full advantage of the 4 GB. If your notebook had come pre-installed with
64 bit OS then it would have likely came with the 4 GB already and cost a bit more.
The manufacturers should be a little more clear to people who dont understand
the differences. Your machiine came with 3 GB because they, HP, knew that the 32
bit version of Windows installed would only use and see that amount.
You can leave the 4 GB in. It wont hurt a thing. If you decide to switch to the 64
bit version you will have to start from scratch on the installation. Not recommended
if your not familiar with the process.