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4 GB of Ram installed but only 2.97GB usable. What gives?

Installed RAM : 4 GB but 2.96GB Usable......why?

I installed 2 x 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz.

My Windows is Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit.

Is my ram Faulty?

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It is because you are running a 32 bit OS. You would have known that if you had used the search box.

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but i thought windows 7 32 bit will support 4 gb ram –  metal gear solid May 17 '10 at 5:19
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I'm not sure why you thought that... It is posted everywhere that it won't. You need the 64bit version. –  Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 5:20
    
do you mean then 1) 2gb module and 1) 1 gb module of RAM was enough on Windows 7 32 Bit/ Windows XP 32 bit. no use of extra 1 GB available RAM –  metal gear solid May 17 '10 at 5:22
    
Windows 7 32 bit: Supports <=3GB. Windows 7 64bit: Supports more than 3GB –  Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 5:24
    
Turning memory remapping off in your BIOS, if it has such an option, may get you an extra .2GB to .5GB. But you'll never get more than 3.5GB on 32-bit Windows 7. –  David Schwartz Nov 22 '11 at 4:18

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