View Full Version : [ubuntu] 2 gigs of ram but only showing 1.9 gigs... ubuntu 9.04
May 8th, 2009, 02:22 AM
I just installed ubuntu 9.04 64bit on a machine that uses 2 gigs of ram. But the system monitor only shows 1.9 gigs. I looked through different forums that mentioned that the lack of video card might have something to do with it. But I have a 8500GT nivda installed. Can someone explain why I'm missing 1/10th a gig of ram?
May 8th, 2009, 02:33 AM
This can happen because of a simple detection error. The chances are the the system is still able to use the "hidden" memory. The same thing happens to flashdrives. It says it has 7.93 mb when in reality it has 8. Let me know if you find anything out.
May 8th, 2009, 02:42 AM
You should not read too much into this number, the same way goes for partitions. It more than likely rounding the value.
May 8th, 2009, 02:43 AM
You should not read too much into this number, the same way goes for partitions. It more than likely rounding the value. Exactly
May 8th, 2009, 04:41 AM
I noticed that mine is showing only 1.7GB of RAM with 2GB installed. I was wondering what happened but then realized... this isn't windows, I don't need 1TERABYTE of RAM for it to run smoothly!!! I've never seen it go over 500MB let alone come close to needed the 2GB I have!
May 8th, 2009, 04:53 AM
It depends on how you measure a gigabyte, a megabyte, and a kilobyte. Some measure it in thousands, some in powers of 2. A kilobyte should be 1024 bytes, not 1000, and the same things scales up. Marketers call 1,000,000,000 bytes a gigabyte, but it's not.
May 9th, 2009, 03:38 PM
thanks guys. Learn something new everyday.
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