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#1 scurvychef

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:00 PM

I have an older compaq. It has 256 MB of RAM (which strangely it says 224 from BIO menu screen. But anyway, CNET says it can run up to 1 G RAM. How would I go about installing it? are there drivers or something I need or can I simply install two 512 sticks or one 1024?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:05 PM

You can simply install two 512 sticks or the one 1024... RAM doesn't require drivers.. the Bios only seeing 224 is suppose to happen those 32mb are being reserved for system process like the BIOS it self.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 04:48 PM

GREAT! Thanks!

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:44 PM

its like the ram is being used for your onboard video chip/display.

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 11:53 PM

I gotcha. is it always gonna be 32 MB or does it depend on your BIOS or GNU for every model?

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:53 AM

It depends on your system, so will be more of a hog others will be less. Nothing too worry about that I guess the average I've seen have been 25mb-90mb.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:25 PM

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:39 PM

there is usually a place in the bios to change the amount of ram you can use for video ,newer models have the ability to use a lot more than older computer because newer computers are more likely to have a lot more ram in them

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:47 AM

Gotcha! I don't think this Compaq has that option. It is pretty old and the BIOS really has very few options. It is real basic. Why would someone want to delegate less that the required amount of RAM to BIOS anyway?

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 04:43 AM

Gotcha! I don't think this Compaq has that option. It is pretty old and the BIOS really has very few options. It is real basic. Why would someone want to delegate less that the required amount of RAM to BIOS anyway?


i meant for to add more, not less

Edited by caperjac, 22 July 2011 - 04:44 AM.

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