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#1 carq_71


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Posted 01 October 2006 - 03:36 PM

I recently bought a new computer, with these features:
Intel Pentium D805 Dual Core
512MB DDR2 533MHz RAM
250GB Hard Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner
7-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader
56K Fax/Modem
ATI Radeon XPress 200, 256MB shared video RAM
Integrated audio card
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Ram 512MB DDR2
Video Memory 256MB Shared
When I went to the Control Panel, and checked System, it gave these specs:
Intel Pentium D CPU 2.66GHz, 2.67GHz, 384MB of RAM.
Does this mean I got ripped off and that I don't actually have 512MB or RAM? Any help would be great! I'm not a computer wizard so if you could put it in laymen's terms, that would be great. Thanks!

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 08:22 PM

What you have is 512 mB of RAM and 256 mB of it are shared with the video card. But, it appears (from your research) that only 128 mB is actually being shared (the 384 mB).
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 09:13 PM

So is this something that can be corrected, if need be?Or should I take it back to the store where I bought it and tell them that they owe me another 128MB of RAM?

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 09:22 PM


shared video memory is part of the regular set aside for video use. you have no dedicated video memory.

looks like your machine is set up to allocate up to 256 meg of the regular ram for video, only as needed, right now the applications that you are running only need 128, so that is all your machine is setting aside.

or get another 512, and add it to your machine.


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Posted 02 October 2006 - 04:53 AM

If you are not gaming or video editing you should be fine. If you can afford it another 512Mb of RAM would not be bad, as recommended by the OF. When you have all of the security software needed you will need that extra RAM.
You could all so go into your BIOS and reduce the amount of dedicated RAM your graphics adapter requires. I would not go below 64Mb of RAM allocated to your graphics adapter. IMO
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Posted 02 October 2006 - 06:24 AM

One thing to consider if you add RAM is that you have a dual core - dual channel processor and RAM must be installed in matching sets in exactly the same configuration on each channel.

IMO 512mb RAM is insufficient to get the best performance from the processor you have. The more RAM the better, but you should have at least 512mb per channel and a separate video card with at least ddr3 256mb of its own ram.

Edited by Enthusiast, 02 October 2006 - 06:26 AM.

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