Hi - Hoping this is an easy one for someone with more knowledge of windows7. I never got into 7 myself. I still think it is vista with a makeover.
Anyway, since I got the PC, the BIOS (atleast I think the BIOS) has reserved memory automatically for my PCI-E graphics card, which only has 256mb onboard.
I always noticed because I have never had more than 60% free (of my total 4gb DDR2)
I use Everest to monitor my free memory and other resources all the time.
Anyway, so it seemed that it reserved about 1.5gb of RAM for my card, and when my system needed that reserved RAM it took it.. which was OK I suppose.. it still bothered me that I could not set the amount myself, but there was no way to change this in my BIOS settings. So I tried to update my BIOS but it just will not flash.. I have been in touch with FoxConn about it and they can't even speak English. Or even know anything it seems.. so it is like talking to a wall.
I just gave up on that..
But recently, I notice that Windows is reserving around 3GB now, and leaving me with 1gb to run stuff.. but not only is it keeping more memory away from me, it is also NOT letting me break into it when I need it. I am getting low memory pop ups everyday now. But windows says my full 4gb is there and its saying +/- 3000mb is in use. But when I look at the list of process' - it just doesn't add up. And yes I have ticked "Show process's from all users".
On a fresh boot, my system is actually using about 500-700mb max. But in the resource monitor it says around 3GB is in use. 1gb free.
But it doesn't say WHAT is using that memory. Is there a way to find out?
And is there a way to stop Windows, or my BIOS, or whatever is doing this from stealing my memory?
Here is my motherboard : http://www.foxconnchannel.com/product/Motherboards/detail_spec.aspx?ID=en-us0000452