Question Regarding RAM

By girishrane
Feb 13, 2006
  1. Hi All,

    My Laptop has two memory cards 256 MB each(512 in total). But When I boot laptop it shows me 448 MB of RAM. So I went aead and boot laptop seperately with each RAM card. After booting Both cards shows 192MB of RAM. Looks like one chip of 4 MB in each card is damaged

    Now when I put back both cards it shows me 448 MB of RAM instead of 192*2=384 MB of RAM. How this is possible?

    Should I worry and change these RAMS?

    Thanks a lot
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Deffinitely don`t worry.

    Your missing ram is being used by your shared 64MB graphics card.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. girishrane

    girishrane TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Thanks Howard !!
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Laptop memory is directly affected by the amount of RAM you have. Battery life is drained by hard drive use. With more RAM your hard drive will read less often to retrieve programs (as windows will store them in memory for quick retrieval.) Many low end laptops "steal" graphics memory by borrowing from the main memory banks instead of having dedicated graphics RAM.
    It pays immensely to maximize laptop RAM. 1GB or more is recommended.
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