Bought a refurb HP dv9823cl from buy.com for $600. Specs: dual core 2.0ghz AMD TL-60, 17" WXGA, a/b/g/n, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7150M. Firstly, it came with 32bit Vista to which i wiped and attempted an XP install with no success in obtaining all compatible drivers. So back to Vista. Upgraded to Ultimate. Upped the RAM from 3gb to 4gb today but only 3gb shows in system info. I contacted HP support and was told that even though 3gb RAM is displayed, the full 4gb is being used in the background. I think this is bullshit actually, but i guess i could be wrong. Must I upgrade to 64bit Vista to fully realize all 4gb? Is there anyway to do this without a clean install? Thanks for any help.
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9/26/08 at 3:00pm