Remiel, if you ever read this thread, congratulations on being immortalized in one of my subject lines. I know it's a highlight of your day.
So anyway, on to the actual problem I'm having. I had to buy a new computer at the first of the month, and it only came with 2 GB of memory. The store had to order more because they were out of the size of sticks that I needed. Anyway, they came in today and I put all the sticks in with no problem. Started the system up, went to the Control Panel and System Properties to check everything out and saw that it did indeed show there was 8 GB of memory installed. However....it says that only 3 GB is available. I looked around online, and found the three most common solutions given. But none of the three apply/worked when I tried them.
1) Having a 32-bit operating system puts a cap of 3 GB in place. But my version of Windows 7 is 64-bit. So that shouldn't be an issue here.
2) I opened msconfig and went into the boot tab and made certain that the "maximum memory" option was disabled, and restarted the system. No effect.
3) Was told to check BIOS settings and look for Memory Remapping. However, I looked through all the options in BIOS and that wasn't available in any menu that I saw, nor were any possible alternative wordings that even had the word "memory" in it. I did see in the system summary that I had 3GB of memory available to the OS, and 5GB available to devices, but I have no idea what that means, and that was shown in system summary so I couldn't scroll down to try and change anything.
So I'm at a loss as to what can be done and would greatly appreciate any suggestions.
Edit: A screenshot of what it shows when I hit System Properties in the Control Panel.