Upgrading Ram on Dell Vostro

Hi have just purchased & equipped with 8 GB of ram in my Vostro 3700, but it will read only 2.93!  Make memory at the same speed, etc as the old ram (3 GB) 1 x 1 and 1 x 2 GB.  Are there settings in the Bios that it be changed or?

Please I need help

You can run the 32-bit version of Windows.  Open the control panel and then open 'system '.  If she says the 32-bit version of windows, then you will not be able to see all 8GB.  About 3.5 is as much as you would see.  With your video card integrated memories to share, that's why you see only 2.9ish.

The good news is that this laptop can use the 64 bit version of windows.  the bad news is that you need to get somewhere and then install it.  If you choose to go this route, I recommend upgrading the disk for one ssd while your at it.  They don't cost much but can significantly upward from execution.  I got a Samsung EVO 850 in my sons of the 3700.  Makes a big difference.  More than when I put 8 GB of ram.

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