Hardware Reserved Memory

I recently purchased a 2 gb sodimm for my laptop and ran into an issue with it knowing i now have 4gb but only being able to use 3gb. I did a search here on the forums and came to the conclusion that chances of me un allocating this is slim to none because of my bios not having any updates and not having the various bios based options to fix it. I got alot of the info from this thread


So my question is:

Is this bad? What i mean is, the 1gb of ram being hardware reserved is that practically wasted? Is it so useless that i should try and return the stick for a 1gb and save $20bucks. This of course would result in a 2gb and a 1gb match up which isn't optimal.

Please let me know your opinion, i got my stick from crucial memory and they have various warranty setups that i might be able to get it replaced but i don't know if they cover return costs. I am un-employed atm and even though 20-25 bucks isn't a lot, i should not pay for something that has no purpose.

Computer information:

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
Phoenix bios
Gateway m685-e (discontinued)(no support)
Intel core duo cpu t7400 2. 17ghz
4. 00gb (3. 00 usable)

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I have two pc. The first one is dell precision t3400 core 2 quad with 4gb ram. Diplay card is a nvidia quadro fx580 512mb. Windows 7 pro 32bit. Second pc is a self assembled i5 650 with 4gb ram. Display card is a nvidia geforce 8400 gs 512mb. Windows home premium 64bit.

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Below is my system information, my graphics card model and the error information in that order:

Os name microsoft windows 7 ultimate
Version 6. 1. 7600 build 7600
Other os description not available
Os manufacturer microsoft corporation
System type x64-based pc
Processor intel(r) core(tm) i7 cpu 920 @ 2. 67ghz, 2668 mhz, 4 core(s), 8 logical processor(s)
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Page file c:pagefile.sys

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