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I have 8GB of ram but only 6 available? PLEASE HELP!

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    I have 8GB of ram but only 6 available? PLEASE HELP!


    I have 8GB of ram but I only have 6.39 available, so far I have searched online EVERYWHERE and found no help, so I came here!

    Computer specs (if needed)

    Windows 8.1

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    Processor: Intel(R)Core(TM) i5-4200U CPU @ 1.0 GHz 2.30GHz
    Installed Memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (6.39 usable)
    System type: 64-bit Opersting System, x64-based Processor

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  2. #2


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Perfectly normal. Being used by the system and other programs that use cached RAM memory. Mine at present:

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  3. #3


    It looks like you may be using integrated graphics too.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Please help
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  5. #5


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I dont want it to do this I am a gamer so I need all the ram I can get.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Here is the current state Click image for larger version
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    All you can do is add more memory if you want more. There is always overhead being used, unless you want to run in Safe Mode. The RAM is also there for system use, not just for games.

    If you are running games without a dedicated GPU, only integrated graphics, then you can't expect miracles anyway.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Aww dangit
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    What if I go to msconfig > Boot > Advanced options and uncheck maximum memory? would it work then?
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I leave mine unchecked, you can try it, may gain a bit. But again, are you only running with the integrated graphics of the i-5? If so, not much of a gaming machine anyway. Sorry, just a fact.

    I have a dedicated GT 730m also in my laptop and it can't handle newer demanding games on high or even medium settings in some cases.
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