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Memory My memory is not right. I have two memory sticks in and they are 256 so I should have 512 but it is only saying 504. What could be the problem?

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  • lilredinms Sep 15, 2007

    Is there anything I can do so that my children can play thier games? They require 512 and won't play and they are very upset. If I buy a video card with own memory will that help? (Sorry if I sound dumb but I am just starting to learn about computers.)



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Sandrew is correct about it being the onboard graphics, and the processing power needed, but I'd like to add more.
*Often the amount of memory addressed to the video is set in BIOS. Go there and set it to the most possible.
*Often these mobos with onboard graphics have NO AGP or PCI-E slot to add a graphics accellerator. Standard PCI cards are not fast enough.
*As a gamer, I must give you the bitter truth. If you are stuck with onboard video, forget any game more demanding than the ones that ship with windows. If you do not have DOUBLE the minimum requirements, it will not run well. It takes a lot of Tabasco to play any of the PC games in the last 5-7 years.

Craigslist is a great place to pick up an older gaming PC for a reasonable cost ($400-1000), and you can keep your PC.

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There is no problem, if you have onboard graphics, then they are currently using the minimum 8mb of graphics memory when using normal programmes, when you run a video or a game the pc will increase the amount of graphical memory it needs, reducing it even further, untill you stop using the programme, at which point the system will reclaim the memory. So you are showig the correct amount of memory.

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    andrew pester Sep 17, 2007

    if the games require 512MB of memory then they must also need a fair amount of processing power, so check the minimum provcessor speed it requires also.

    If you purchase an AGP or PCI-E graphics card depending what your pc uses,with 512DDR memory, then it should be ok, but make sure you have the latest version of Direct X (9C i think) as your game may need that also, although the direct x version may come on the driver cd for the graphics card.



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