After coming to the forums for a Google Search redirect issue and running an OTL Scan I noticed that OTL only reports 3 GB of RAM. There are 4 GB of RAM installed in the machine and the System Information Display (in Vista) reports 4 GB of RAM.
Snippet from my OTL Report
3.00 Gb Total Physical Memory | 2.00 Gb Available Physical Memory | 65.00% Memory free
The following is from the OTL Tutorial on this forum
Note: The number shown may not reflect the hardware position the user believes is there. RAM reported may appear lower than what is actually on the machine. This can happen when the machine can't actually access all the RAM it has. Possibilities include faulty RAM or Motherboard slot problem or something preventing the BIOS recognising it (e.g. BIOS may need to be upgraded). Also, for systems with more than 4GB of ram installed, the maximum amount reported will only be 4GB. This is a limitation on 32-bit applications.
How can I determine exactly what is going on here, is my best bet to mix and match my sticks and slots to determine if it is a fault RAM or slot? Is there some sort of tool that could let me know which slot or stick may be faulty. I doubt it is the BIOS since the machine came with 2 GB and another 2 GB of RAM were installed later at the same time (so at least one of those are working).
Thanks in advance.
Dell Inspiron 531
Vista 32-bit Home Premium Service Pack 2