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#1 reg

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:39 PM

Hi can anyone help I have just purchased a e-machine from pc world, it says on the box it has 1 gb ram, but when you go to prperties it says system only has 766mb of ram. Its running windows vista & is an amd athlon 2.8 ghz. Hope someone can explain it to me. Yours sincerely Reg

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:43 PM

Can you give us the model number?

Or even better, a link to where you bought it from on PC World?

Edited by jwinathome, 31 May 2007 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2007 - 03:38 PM

Sounds like the machine is pulling 256K for video....

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 06:32 AM

Yep, very few (if any) eMachines have a separate video card, they're all built into the motherboard to save money.

A look at the eMachines website shows that this model (T5226) is the only one currently offered with 1 gB of RAM ( http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=T5226 ) And the link refers to "up to 224 mB of shared video memory" I'd say that's where you memory went.

FYI - The new Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) has a different way of counting the memory. So you'll see more evidence of the video memory being used (which wasn't as evident in XP). And, since it's dynamically allocated, you also may see the numbers changing based on the applications that you're running (but haven't experienced this myself). You can read more about WDDM here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Display_Driver_Model

Edited by usasma, 01 June 2007 - 06:32 AM.

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