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Alex Contero

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Hey I’m pretty new to Cakewalk. My PC has 16GB of RAM but every time I run Cakewalk it cuts 8GB away and marks it as “Hardware Reserved” so I’m only getting access to half my RAM. I can fix it by removing and reinstalling the cards but it’s a massive pain when I want to use my PC for gaming. Is this normal or does it at least have a work-around? I’m thinking about upgrading to 32GB but I don’t want to waste the money just to have it eat up half of that too. 

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1 hour ago, Alex Contero said:

 My PC has 16GB of RAM but every time I run Cakewalk it cuts 8GB away and marks it as “Hardware Reserved” so I’m only getting access to half my RAM.

I have never seen Cakewalk doing this or even showing this message.  Can you please post a clear screenshot where the message “Hardware Reserved” is displayed?

“Hardware Reserved” sounds more like it's a function of your actual PC rather than Cakewalk itself.

I also have 16 gig ram and on first load, Cakewalk only uses a couple of hundred K (As shown in Task Manager).  Of course, memory usage increases , the more plugins and I load into a project.

Are you sure this isn't you onboard graphics using a chuck of your RAM for it's graphic?  This would be set in the PC's BIOS.

You might also want to post a bit about your system and invronment in addition to the 16 gig.  

What version of Cakewalk?  What version of Windows. Is your WIndows fully patched?  Are you on a laptop or Desktop.

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It is not Cakewalk per se that is reserving the RAM. Do you have an input device that could be doing it?

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Out of 64 GB RAM I only have 50.8 MB  Hardware Reserved RAM, and running Cakewalk has no effect on that number.

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5 hours ago, Promidi said:

I have never seen Cakewalk doing this or even showing this message.  Can you please post a clear screenshot where the message “Hardware Reserved” is displayed?

“Hardware Reserved” sounds more like it's a function of your actual PC rather than Cakewalk itself.

I also have 16 gig ram and on first load, Cakewalk only uses a couple of hundred K (As shown in Task Manager).  Of course, memory usage increases , the more plugins and I load into a project.

Are you sure this isn't you onboard graphics using a chuck of your RAM for it's graphic?  This would be set in the PC's BIOS.

You might also want to post a bit about your system and invronment in addition to the 16 gig.  

What version of Cakewalk?  What version of Windows. Is your WIndows fully patched?  Are you on a laptop or Desktop.

I’ve run every other program I regularly use but it only happens when I run cakewalk. It’s a desktop running a full license Windows 10 64bit. I’m running the free version of Sonar

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11 minutes ago, Alex Contero said:

I’ve run every other program I regularly use but it only happens when I run cakewalk. It’s a desktop running a full license Windows 10 64bit. I’m running the free version of Sonar

 

Could you post a screencap of that when you aren't running Cakewalk?

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11 minutes ago, Chappel said:

Could you post a screencap of that when you aren't running Cakewalk?

It isn’t running in that one, that’s after 2 or 3 restarts and some troubleshooting in msconfig.

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The weirdest part is that it doesn’t occur when I first run Cakewalk. It’s the next time I boot up my PC that the RAM is cut in half but it only does it after I run cakewalk

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11 minutes ago, Alex Contero said:

It isn’t running in that one, that’s after 2 or 3 restarts and some troubleshooting in msconfig.

So, your system is reserving 8GB of RAM whether or not you are running Cakewalk?

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Can you right click on "my computer" and post a screenshot of the resultant screen.  I am interested in the "Installed Memory" (usable)

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32 minutes ago, Chappel said:

So, your system is reserving 8GB of RAM whether or not you are running Cakewalk?

Yeah, even when it’s not running but it only happens the next time I restart my computer after running Cakewalk. 

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27 minutes ago, Promidi said:

Can you right click on "my computer" and post a screenshot of the resultant screen.  I am interested in the "Installed Memory" (usable)

The installed memory room read 16GB but useable memory would have (8GB). I have it corrected now after removing and reinstalling the RAM but I was hoping to find a better solution than opening up my desktop every time I want to run something else. 

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2 minutes ago, Alex Contero said:

Yeah, even when it’s not running but it only happens the next time I restart my computer after running Cakewalk. 

Can you post a screencap where your system isn't reserving 8 GB of memory?

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Found this: To see if a piece of hardware is reserving a large chunk of physical address space, launch "devmgmt.msc", select Resources by Connection in the View Menu, and expand the Memory node.

See what is reserving the RAM.

Also, if your motherboard is not happy about the way the RAM is arranged in the slots, Windows will flag it as Reserved. One example: with purchased pairs of memory cards, sometimes one of them HAS to be in Slot 1. Swap the 2 cards around.

 

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