View Full Version : [ubuntu] ubuntu 10.10 32bit : "free -m" says I have 8gb

April 17th, 2011, 01:46 AM
Hi folks,

I am confused...

I installed Ubuntu 10.10 32 bit on my Asus g73sw with 8gb RAM (installing the 64 bit version didn't work, unfortunately -- any ideas why?)

On the command line"free -m" yields
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 8049 605 7443 0 37 269

Now, computer illiterate as I may be, why does 32 bit Ubuntu recognize more than 4gb RAM ?

April 17th, 2011, 03:24 AM
What does the command "uname -a" show? If you're using a -pae kernel (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EnablingPAE), it includes some "tricks" to see > 3GB on 32-bit machines.

April 18th, 2011, 10:08 PM
Hi SeijiSensei, the link you added to your reply contained the solution: PAE seems to be enabled with the installers with versions > 10.04. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! Bachelier