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Thread: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade

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    thepicklator Guest

    Default Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade


    Specs:
    Core 2 Quad Q6600
    4GB DDR2 800 OCZ RAM
    400GB Harddrive
    Motherboard: Intel DG965OT
    GeForce 8800GT (G92)
    Vista Business x64 with SP1



    Hello everyone, I would appreciate some help if possible. I used to
    have 2GB of Samsung RAM in my computer which was replaced with the RAM
    stated in my specs. Now here is the problem. Both Vista AND the BIOS
    report 4GB of RAM. I downloaded some utilities that show the amount RAM
    in Windows and they all showed 4GB. Now comes the strange perplexing
    part, not a single application, whether a game or other intensive
    application will use the memory. I'm receiving very poor performance in
    games. According to the performance monitor on my keyboard's LCD
    (Logitech G15) RAM usage never ever goes above 54%. With Vista using up
    1.3GB and leaving about 900MB for apps I get performance that is
    ridiculously horrendous. Of course it runs just fine for general usage
    which is why I'm able to post here as Web browsers are not very
    demanding. What I don't understand is why this behavior is occurring. Is
    there something I'm missing? I really want this RAM to work as I really
    don't want to go back to Windows XP. Now I've seen that many people have
    solved their RAM woes by enabling a memory remapping and/or memory hole
    option in their BIOS. This is not an option for me as my computer is a
    Gateway OEM and the BIOS options are very limited and/or nonexistant. I
    also cannot flash the BIOS with Intel's stock BIOS as I've already tried
    and it refuses to run as the BIOS IDs are different. Another thing that
    puzzled me is that when I had 4GB installed with Vista Premium 32bit the
    RAM worked flawlessly but of course only 3GB were recognized. I did not
    bother to enable PAE and whatnot as I received my Vista Business x64 DVD
    with SP1 a couple of days later. I've tried three different RAM kits and
    all of them had the same issues. I also do not believe memory is leaking
    as performance does not deteriorate when quitting an application, but as
    mentioned, only 54% gets used. I apologize for the long post but I would
    really appreciate some help. Take care and thanks in advance for any
    replies.


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    thepicklator Guest

    Default Re: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade


    I don't mean to spam and bump my thread, but I want to clarify
    something. My system memory IS "leaking." Whenever I run a program and
    exit it doesn't give the memory used up back to Windows for other apps
    to use.


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    Curious Guest

    Default Re: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade

    How do you know that is not just being kept in disk cache which and is
    therefore available if needed without reading from disk and is of course
    also available if another app starts and there is no memory available
    memory.
    "thepicklator" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I don't mean to spam and bump my thread, but I want to clarify
    > something. My system memory IS "leaking." Whenever I run a program and
    > exit it doesn't give the memory used up back to Windows for other apps
    > to use.
    >
    >
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    > thepicklator



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    Timothy Davis [MSFT] Guest

    Default Re: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade

    It might be something superfetch is doing to you.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...yzed,1532.html

    Try disabling this service and see if you get your memory back. Keep in
    mind that in many scenarios superfetch will speed up your system - at the
    expense if using up some of your memory.


    "Curious >" <<spammenot@nomail.com> wrote in message
    news:614A8ABD-4645-4033-938C-2B99B135EC04@microsoft.com...
    > How do you know that is not just being kept in disk cache which and is
    > therefore available if needed without reading from disk and is of course
    > also available if another app starts and there is no memory available
    > memory.
    > "thepicklator" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
    > news:56581633a72e00a714aeff3765749647@nntp-gateway.com...
    >>
    >> I don't mean to spam and bump my thread, but I want to clarify
    >> something. My system memory IS "leaking." Whenever I run a program and
    >> exit it doesn't give the memory used up back to Windows for other apps
    >> to use.
    >>
    >>
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    >> thepicklator

    >



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    thepicklator Guest

    Default Re: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade


    I managed to fix this problem by forcing the stock intel BIOS to install
    over the OEM version from Gateway by booting the computer in recovery
    mode (Setting the jumpers on the motherboard to "BIOS Recovery Mode".)
    Thanks anyways.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thepicklator View Post
    I managed to fix this problem by forcing the stock intel BIOS to install
    over the OEM version from Gateway by booting the computer in recovery
    mode (Setting the jumpers on the motherboard to "BIOS Recovery Mode".)
    Thanks anyways.


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    thepicklator
    Hey, I have a Gateway as well and was wondering how you determined which BIOS to use as well as where you found the stock Intel BIOS? I cant seem to locate them.

    Thanks.

  7. #7
    Rick Rogers Guest

    Default Re: Vista Business x64 acting strange after RAM upgrade

    Hi,

    A stock BIOS would come from the board manufacturer. If you open the case
    and determine that actual make/model of the motherboard, it should be easy
    to find one. However, installing a stock BIOS over a modified OEM one may
    result in loss of functionality and void any warranty. Quite often,
    modifications are done on OEM systems and a stock BIOS may not support them.

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    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
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    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

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    >
    > thepicklator;100333 Wrote:
    >> I managed to fix this problem by forcing the stock intel BIOS to
    >> install
    >> over the OEM version from Gateway by booting the computer in recovery
    >> mode (Setting the jumpers on the motherboard to "BIOS Recovery Mode".)
    >> Thanks anyways.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> thepicklator

    >
    > Hey, I have a Gateway as well and was wondering how you determined
    > which BIOS to use as well as where you found the stock Intel BIOS? I
    > cant seem to locate them.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
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