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RAM question

Discussion in 'Technology' started by 07TacoRidah, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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    07TacoRidah

    07TacoRidah [OP] SHHHH, this is interesting

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    just noticed this when I was searching my comp. (attached)

    why this is? I upgraded to a 64 bit OS already, shouldn't it be reading the 4? what happened to the rest of the 1g?


    System -
    MB - Foxconn G33M02
    RAM - 1(2g) ddr2 pc2 6400 stick, 2(1g) ddr2 pc2 6400 sticks
    *NOTE: BOTH 1g sticks are next to each other, the 2g stick is by itself,
    plz to refer to mb config.

    greazegrzegraeg.JPG
     
  2. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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    DevL

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    I don't understand... it looks normal to me. Graphics card not used right?
     
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  3. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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    07TacoRidah [OP] SHHHH, this is interesting

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    that's normal? :confused: what happens to the rest of that 1g? If I upgrade to all 2g RAM sticks, will it only leave out 75% or take out more? I plan on getting it up to 8g.

    not sure what you mean by the graphics card? at the moment I only have my internet browser open.
     
  4. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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    If you don't have a dedicated GPU your available ram will always be less.

    The embedded graphics on your motherboard require physical RAM to operate as compared to a standalone GPU that will have it's own onboard ram.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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    You use memory for graphics processing if you don't offload it to a discrete graphics card.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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  7. Apr 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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    07TacoRidah [OP] SHHHH, this is interesting

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    read the link. makes sense now. another question (so I don't start a new thread),

    As of now I have a nVidia GeForce 6200TC (BFG version)
    http://www.xgcdb.com/cards/bfg/nvidia-geforce-6200-tc-32mb-pcie.html

    I do a lot of design work (Adobe programs, some 3d modeling, but to an extent, very minimal video editing, but it is due to my video card). I am using a AOC (vga) 22" lcd monitor, want to upgrade my video card. Nothing fancy, but enough so that when I am rendering or waiting for an effect to settle in (Adobe), I don't have to come back in a couple years.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    Are you planning on upgrading your whole system or just parts of it? Personally, I'd get something with somewhere between 512 and 1gb to start from there.

    I've got a 300m series in my laptop with 1gb and I can run more stuff than I'd ever need, granted it also has a few other mods to it but you can pick up a decent card for under $100 for what you are using it for.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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    07Taco .. was it on-board video that was using that ram? If so, now that you've got a dedicated video card, is it reporting the full 4 GB?
     
  10. Apr 21, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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    Just remember to disable your onboard GPU if you have a dedicated GPU.
     
  11. Apr 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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    just parts here and there. found me a nice SSD on CL but not sure how long that will last :( This rig will be mainly for design and a little video here and there (nothing large scale - at most 30 seconds). Searching for PCI Express x16 vc's - this got me confused

    2G 64 - bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150659

    512mb 128-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129091

    besides the name brands, which would be better to get?


    no, I have the vga connected to the nVidia vc. Not sure how to do the dedicated vc setting.

    NEVER even tried doing this one. going to see if that helps. I mainly "assumed" that things would go by default or what have you. :(
     
  12. Apr 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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    07TacoRidah [OP] SHHHH, this is interesting

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    WOW checked and the on board gpu isn't even listed (attached).

    reaghzesh.jpg
     
  13. Apr 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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    That is what I would expect. When you add a dedicated video card, the integrated ones should automatically disappear. This frees up their resources and avoids causing any conflicts or confusion.
     
  14. Apr 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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    That might depend on the bios. Almost any board I've used allows you to use both at the same time if desired, whether it be for hybrid CrossFire/SLI, or just for multi-monitor use, so the onboard GPU might not be disabled automatically.
     
  15. Apr 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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    True.
    I'm guessing in his case, it just silently shut itself off. Perhaps it is a bios setting where you have the choice of Auto/Enabled/Disabled
     
  16. Apr 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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    :eek::annoyed: going to have to see about getting my older brother to handle that part. I'm not too familiar with messing with the bios. I have seen YT vids, but ... this is my only rig right now (a little worried about not having a back up).
     
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