My Windows 2003 Enterprise Server has 12GB of ram , but only reads 3.24.


 I have a Dell PowerEdge1900 Windows 2003 Enterprise Server with 12GB of memory. When I load the OS and look at system properties it only reads 3.24. I have another identical server with the same OS and same amount of ram and it reads its 12GB under system properties just fine. What do i need to do to make the OS read the full 12GB? I know 2003 enterprise supports more than 12GB, so i'm not sure what the problem here is.
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cuziyqConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If this is a 32-bit version of Windows Server 2003 (I am assuming it is), then you need to add /PAE to the boot string in BOOT.INI to enable access to memory beyond the 4GB boundary.

Also, different versions of W2K3 server have caps on the amount of RAM they can have.  Standard Edition will only allow 8 (I think), where as Enterprise will allow up to 64.  Not exactly sure of the specific numbers, but that may be an issue as well.
frankbustosAuthor Commented:
cuziyq: How do I add /PAE to the boot string in the BOOT.INI?
frankbustosAuthor Commented:
Excellent, that did it. I love this experts-exchange site , its the BEST.
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