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Thread: Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

  1. #1
    Kam Guest

    Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

    I added 4 GB of memory on my laptop (Lenovo T60p) and put window 2003 server
    std edition (32-bits) for my working and test environment.

    I changed the boot.ini with /PAE. the OS can only see 3GB memory.

    but suprisingly, after Vista Business SP1(32-bit), the machine can read 4GB.
    I rang IBM, the reply is 32 bits can only access 3GB memory.

    In microsoft, Window 2003 STD 32-bits can access 4GB memory.

    Does anyone know the trick to make Window 2003 std 32-bits to read 4 GB
    memory?


  2. #2
    Brett I. Holcomb Guest

    Re: Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

    The 32 bit can address and see 4 gig. It's reading 4 gig memory in 32
    bits. However, at least in XP, some of that memory goes for things
    like video cards, etc. Maybe it's the same in Server 2003.

    On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:52:00 -0700, Kam <Kam@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:

    >I added 4 GB of memory on my laptop (Lenovo T60p) and put window 2003 server
    >std edition (32-bits) for my working and test environment.
    >
    >I changed the boot.ini with /PAE. the OS can only see 3GB memory.
    >
    >but suprisingly, after Vista Business SP1(32-bit), the machine can read 4GB.
    >I rang IBM, the reply is 32 bits can only access 3GB memory.
    >
    >In microsoft, Window 2003 STD 32-bits can access 4GB memory.
    >
    >Does anyone know the trick to make Window 2003 std 32-bits to read 4 GB
    >memory?


  3. #3
    Kam Guest

    Re: Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

    Brett,

    same laptop, if I use vista Business with SP1 on it, it can see 4GB.
    So I think the problem is in Window 2003.

    As my laptop can have max 4 gb memory, so there is no point for me to
    re-install everything, if microsoft is true that Window 2003 STD 32-bits can
    access 4Gb.


    kam

    "Brett I. Holcomb" wrote:

    > The 32 bit can address and see 4 gig. It's reading 4 gig memory in 32
    > bits. However, at least in XP, some of that memory goes for things
    > like video cards, etc. Maybe it's the same in Server 2003.
    >
    > On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:52:00 -0700, Kam <Kam@discussions.microsoft.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >I added 4 GB of memory on my laptop (Lenovo T60p) and put window 2003 server
    > >std edition (32-bits) for my working and test environment.
    > >
    > >I changed the boot.ini with /PAE. the OS can only see 3GB memory.
    > >
    > >but suprisingly, after Vista Business SP1(32-bit), the machine can read 4GB.
    > >I rang IBM, the reply is 32 bits can only access 3GB memory.
    > >
    > >In microsoft, Window 2003 STD 32-bits can access 4GB memory.
    > >
    > >Does anyone know the trick to make Window 2003 std 32-bits to read 4 GB
    > >memory?

    >


  4. #4
    Meinolf Weber Guest

    Re: Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

    Hello Kam,

    4Gb is ok with Standard 2003 32bit, you will not see them full, always round
    3,2 to 3,5 rest will be used for hardware.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
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    > Brett,
    >
    > same laptop, if I use vista Business with SP1 on it, it can see 4GB.
    > So I think the problem is in Window 2003.
    >
    > As my laptop can have max 4 gb memory, so there is no point for me to
    > re-install everything, if microsoft is true that Window 2003 STD
    > 32-bits can access 4Gb.
    >
    > kam
    >
    > "Brett I. Holcomb" wrote:
    >
    >> The 32 bit can address and see 4 gig. It's reading 4 gig memory in
    >> 32 bits. However, at least in XP, some of that memory goes for
    >> things like video cards, etc. Maybe it's the same in Server 2003.
    >>
    >> On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:52:00 -0700, Kam
    >> <Kam@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I added 4 GB of memory on my laptop (Lenovo T60p) and put window
    >>> 2003 server std edition (32-bits) for my working and test
    >>> environment.
    >>>
    >>> I changed the boot.ini with /PAE. the OS can only see 3GB memory.
    >>>
    >>> but suprisingly, after Vista Business SP1(32-bit), the machine can
    >>> read 4GB. I rang IBM, the reply is 32 bits can only access 3GB
    >>> memory.
    >>>
    >>> In microsoft, Window 2003 STD 32-bits can access 4GB memory.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone know the trick to make Window 2003 std 32-bits to read 4
    >>> GB memory?
    >>>




  5. #5
    John John (MVP) Guest

    Re: Windows 2003 Standard Edition (32-bits) 4Gb Memory problem

    You are being misled, Vista cannot use and does not use the full 4GB.
    This is nothing but a cosmetic change or a smoke show in SP1, something
    to shut people up. If you want to know how much memory your 32-bit
    Vista can use issue the following command at an elevated command prompt:

    systeminfo | findstr /c:"Total Physical"

    Or look in under the Performance tab in the Task Manager.

    John



    Kam wrote:

    > Brett,
    >
    > same laptop, if I use vista Business with SP1 on it, it can see 4GB.
    > So I think the problem is in Window 2003.
    >
    > As my laptop can have max 4 gb memory, so there is no point for me to
    > re-install everything, if microsoft is true that Window 2003 STD 32-bits can
    > access 4Gb.
    >
    >
    > kam
    >
    > "Brett I. Holcomb" wrote:
    >
    >
    >>The 32 bit can address and see 4 gig. It's reading 4 gig memory in 32
    >>bits. However, at least in XP, some of that memory goes for things
    >>like video cards, etc. Maybe it's the same in Server 2003.
    >>
    >>On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:52:00 -0700, Kam <Kam@discussions.microsoft.com>
    >>wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I added 4 GB of memory on my laptop (Lenovo T60p) and put window 2003 server
    >>>std edition (32-bits) for my working and test environment.
    >>>
    >>>I changed the boot.ini with /PAE. the OS can only see 3GB memory.
    >>>
    >>>but suprisingly, after Vista Business SP1(32-bit), the machine can read 4GB.
    >>>I rang IBM, the reply is 32 bits can only access 3GB memory.
    >>>
    >>>In microsoft, Window 2003 STD 32-bits can access 4GB memory.
    >>>
    >>>Does anyone know the trick to make Window 2003 std 32-bits to read 4 GB
    >>>memory?

    >>


  6. #6
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    let's not forget this is a limitation of standard 2003. Enterprise edition with the /pae will see more then 4 gig's. have you tried the /3G switch?

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