Hello all

On my work computer i have 785MB of Hardware reserved RAM and i can't understand why.
I checked the BIOS and the on-board video card has 128MB allocated. The strange thing is that my colleagues with the same PC but less ram (4GB) don't have this problem. So this leads me to think it's an OS setting i am missing somehow. The OS is Win7 Professional SP1.
The PageFile allocated is fixed to 1024MB. 
Below you can find an extract from dxdiag: 
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System Information
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Time of this report: 7/17/2014, 13:08:37
Machine name: ----------
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144)
Language: Romanian (Regional Setting: Romanian)
System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: 6258B91
BIOS: Lenovo ThinkCentre BIOS Ver 5CKT69.0
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E7500  @ 2.93GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 5360MB RAM
Page File: 3483MB used, 2898MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode
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Display Devices
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Card name: Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2E12&SUBSYS_304817AA&REV_03
Display Memory: 1759 MB
Dedicated Memory: 128 MB
Shared Memory: 1631 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: LEN1144
Native Mode: 1920 x 1200(p) (59.950Hz)
Output Type: HDMI
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll,igdumdx32,igd10umd32
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.2869 (English)
Driver Version: 8.15.10.2869
DDI Version: 10
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 11/14/2012 17:57:06, 6549504 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6D52-11CF-2F7F-4210A3C2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x2E12
SubSys ID: 0x304817AA
Revision ID: 0x0003

I have no ideea why the reported display memory is 1.7GB, or the shared memory is 1.6GB.

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In my experience, the amount of RAM allocated to an onboard video card is entirely controlled by the BIOS. Check your bios revision against that of your colleagues' machines, and then go through a comparison of the settings on your machine against theirs.  Also check in case this might be a jumper setting on the motherboard (unlikely but not impossible.)
Answered 07/17/2014 by: EdT
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