RAM - how much have I got ?

  Spiny 19:34 25 Apr 07

This may sound daft, but I am having difficulty in checking the amount of RAM in my PC. I have just bought a new PC with Vista Home Premium and it is telling me that I have 3198MB of Physical Memory. However, the computer (Cube247 Pegasus ST9) should have 4GB of RAM. In the Windows Task Manager, Physical Memory(MB)is shown as: Total 3198, Cached 1047, Free 1653

In the Computer Description screen it says 3199MB of RAM

Have I been short changed?

  Toffly 19:36 25 Apr 07

Do you have an onboard graphics card by any chance? If so, that'll be using some of the RAM

Or is Vista really so hungry as to actaully steal RAM?? :O

  Spiny 19:47 25 Apr 07

Thanks, Toffly. I have the ATI Radeon x1650 PRO graphics card. But surely the computer is able to report the amount of Physical RAM, ie how much is slotted in to the board. I know that 22 per cent of RAM is in use even when the computer is completely idle.

  MAJ 20:04 25 Apr 07

You haven't been short changed I don't think, Spiny, it's just the crazy way Windows reports the amount of physical RAM (it's a mystery to me). Download install and run Belarc Advisor click here , it will show you what sized modules you have installed.

  anskyber 20:06 25 Apr 07

See what Belarc says, it runs on Vista. click here

  anskyber 20:06 25 Apr 07

I need to type more quickly.

  Totally-braindead 20:14 25 Apr 07

Try Crucials Scan My Computer click here

  jay.p 20:24 25 Apr 07

go to start > run then type in dxdiag and you will see how much ram is installed.
should be about 4092mb.

  Jak_1 21:17 25 Apr 07

Control Panel > System > General. This will tell you how much RAM you have on the mobo, then add to that the RAM on the graphics card.

  Stuartli 21:26 25 Apr 07

Easiest way is to go to My Computer>Right Click>Properties>General tab.

Among the listings are your CPU's details and amount of RAM available.

  anskyber 21:29 25 Apr 07

It's slightly different in Vista.

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