Is RAM broken?

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I bought Compaq Presario with 256MB of RAM two week ago. Unfortunately, I did not check the memory volume before. It seemed to me that this notebook swaps a lot. I asked my friend and he said, that 256MB is not exactly enough for Windows XP. So I decided to buy extra memory. (I think in any case it will be better to have 512MB now). I ordered additional 256MB on hpshopping (I am sure on 100% that this memory is compatible with my notebook). Yersterday I installed the memory and try to check, how many memory do I have. "My computer"->"General" said 448MB :x . So 512-64=448? I tryed again to check the system configuration pressing F2 during restarting: 447MB. Does it mean that one memory block on memory plate is broken? This memory plate has 4 blocks. If yes, unfortunately, I do not know, what is the memory plate is broken, the new one or the old one? No big deal to detect that, of course ...
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Maybe I have found the answer?

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This is a good notebook at a great price, but not the
fastest, even when upgrading the memory to 512MB.
Another drawback is that the video memory uses the
system memory. To take advantage of the graphics, you
can set the video memory to 64MB, but that takes away
from your system memory. Thus, even with the memory
upgrade from 256MB to 512MB, I only had 448MB
available.
Wait till prices come down more, or spend the extra
money, to get a Pentium 4 Mobile processor. It is
definitely worth it.


Is it correct? I am not good Windows XP specialist. How I can change/check how many memory does the video memory have?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

That was almost exactly what I was going to suggest was causing the difference, however, I'm not certain how to suggest to adjust it.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

*normally* changable in the BIOS.

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks, I will investigate my BIOS settings :?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

you could buy a notebook video card Like ATI or one of those companies... that way you wont use your system memory

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