I just want to be able to get the most out of my system for general use, ie watching films etc.
Feel like ive been robbed decievely !! I understand some of it goes onto the on-board graphics and stuff.
I read also that i can do something with a switch boot.ini or something like that. I want to be able to visably see more ram in my system information even if it isnt the full 4GB.
And whats the differance between Total physical mem and available physical mem?
Physical memory is how much RAM you have installed in your computer. For example, if you have two 512 MB memory chips in your machine, you have a total of 1 GB of physical memory. This memory is what your computer uses to load the operating system as well as individual programs and files.
Available memory refers to how much RAM is not already being used by the computer. Because loading the operating system takes up memory, your available memory drops right after your computer boots up. You can reduce how much memory the operating system uses by uninstalling system files or extensions that are often installed by utility programs.
Each time you open a program, it is loaded into your computer's memory, and therefore reduces your available memory. Large programs such as Adobe Photoshop and 3D action games take up more memory than simple programs like text editors or spreadsheet programs. If you need more available memory to open a large program, you should first quit other programs that are running.
If you want to use all the 4GB use a 64bit operating system. In your case, use the Vista 64bit.