You are running the 32 bit version of Vista. 32 OS's can only address 4 GB
of memory. That 4 GB includes video memory, I/O, BIOS, and finally RAM. So,
your machine will only "see" what is left after the other hardware reserves
its addresses in that 4 GB, which is ~3.2GB.
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"funguy" <funguy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Just had a new computer built.
> running vista
> It has 4 gb of ram
> 512mb pci graphics
> 2.4 quad core
> 160gb h/d
> 5.1 on board sound card and Ethernet
> my problem seems that the ram only shows 3.25gb.
> Can someone explain why this might be the case.