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how to reduce hardware-reserved memory usage ?

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    Windows 8 Pro 32 bit

    how to reduce hardware-reserved memory usage ?


    I used HP Pavilion G4-2216TU, 2Gb DDR3 RAM, Intel HD 4000, and Windows 8 Pro 32 bit, x64 processor.
    The usable memory only 935 Mb, fewer than hardware-reserved that take 1,1 Gb of memory.

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    Is that normal ? that hardware-reserved took more memory rather than usable ??
    please if any explanation for what reason they do that ?

    I've check the BIOS, no remapping setting that I can use for.
    can I remapping / reduce those hardware-reserved usage in such other way ?
    or how can i increase my usable memory close to installed RAM ?


    I've not done any change or upgrade since I bought that new laptop, and its seem memory-load is too busy
    (I've check with the performance-monitor).


    please any assistant will be appraciate.
    looking for your replies.

    thanks, best regards.
    irfan eb.

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  2. #2


    Some of it is probably used by video. On the other hand 2GB of memory is just too little for today's computers.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That is strange.

    This pc has 2gb Ram - everything runs great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is strange.

    This pc has 2gb Ram - everything runs great.
    Would run even "greater" with 4GB, not so much on Linux but on windows for sure.
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    Windows 8 Pro 32 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Would run even "greater" with 4GB, not so much on Linux but on windows for sure.
    still wondering the machine..
    1.1 GB took just for video, and the rest usable less than 50 % installed RAM ??
    wondering, what about if 4GB installed, do they will be also take about more than 50 %, around 2.1 GB (again) just for video ? and the usable only around 1.9 GB ?
    is that normally the machine does ?? why they did that ?

    please, if any ideas how can reduce or remapping those reserved, so it will be much more optimize for the process..
    (at least that will be, in my common-sense)

    looking forward for replies, any suggestions will be helpful.
    regards.
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    In your BIOS there should be a setting how much memory is reserved for video, don't think it would be more than 512MB. that would account to less then half of the memory you are "missing". Out of 8GB installed memory on my computer, only 3MB are Hardware Reserved but then I do not have integrated graphic card. Video alone will not reserve any more memory then what is set in the BIOS, regardless of how much physical memory you have installed. What the rest of those 1.1GB is reserved for, I don't know but don't think that any integrated video card merits whole GB of memory. You should see in the BIOS how much is set for video. It has nothing to do with percentage but is finite amount set by BIOS.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is strange.

    This pc has 2gb Ram - everything runs great.
    Would run even "greater" with 4GB, not so much on Linux but on windows for sure.

    Not Sure if Mike is saying that in linux it wouldn't matter if you have 2 or 4 gigs of ram becuse it will only use 500mb of ram or if he is trying to bad mouth linux (that would be an Epic Fail his part)


    truth be told windows 8 dosn't need a ton of ram to work.. it's a tablet based OS ment to run on systems with 2 gigs of ram or less, At work i see them all the time new systems where manufacturs are just trowing 2 gigs of ram on a low end system and selling it $200 to $300 with 8 or 8.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Razelda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    That is strange.

    This pc has 2gb Ram - everything runs great.
    Would run even "greater" with 4GB, not so much on Linux but on windows for sure.

    Not Sure if Mike is saying that in linux it wouldn't matter if you have 2 or 4 gigs of ram becuse it will only use 500mb of ram or if he is trying to bad mouth linux (that would be an Epic Fail his part)


    truth be told windows 8 dosn't need a ton of ram to work.. it's a tablet based OS ment to run on systems with 2 gigs of ram or less, At work i see them all the time new systems where manufacturs are just trowing 2 gigs of ram on a low end system and selling it $200 to $300 with 8 or 8.1
    Speaking of epic, I,m using Linux on daily basis and find it much less demanding on free RAM as far as speed is concerned and that's one of the reasons why it is running relatively good on marginal systems. An old, almost unusable even with XP laptop of mine, is happily ticking on Linux mint.
    And NO, Win 8/8.1 is in no terms "a tablet based OS", it's a full blown OS for everything from workstations to relatively low end computers and just because of relatively low minimum requirements (Win 10 has even lower) it doesn't mean it will not be happier with more of free RAM, better processor, faster IO and faster disks, specially with an SSD. One of things that make W8/8.1 faster is it's usage of RAM where it stores more of elements used by system instead of reading them from disk when required. More RAM also means better multitasking and more active programs without constant swapping to disks which can put a damper on even fastest processors.
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  9. #9


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by irfan View Post
    or how can i increase my usable memory
    Installing CleanMem Free would not hurt.
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