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Laptop's RAM is very less for games.

What to do with this 2MB ram ??? I wanna play MAX-PAYNE on this RAM. Don't have money to buy new one.

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Can't do much.need atleasy 256mb of ram to play the game.

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Cannot play videogames

I'll assume that your notebook is otherwise working fine. Generally most laptops will play simple games with no problems. They do not have the hardware to run something demanding such as Call of Duty. I don't know what version of windows you have but I think the 530 should have come with Vista. Vista is a wee bit of a resource hog so that is one problem. You only have 512mb of ram and that really isn't enough to run Vista let alone something demanding such as a game. The 530 supports up to 2gb of system ram and that is important for a few reasons. First you need to have enough to let Vista run properly and that will use everything you can give it. If you could get it over 1gb you would notice a substantial increase in performance. The last and biggest problem is the video hardware. In this laptop is uses shared memory. This means it does not have dedicated fast video ram but instead relies on the using the system ram. So while you might have 512 of system ram the video card will take probably about 64 mb of that. If you update it to say 2gb then this can increase to a max of I think 225mb. That sounds like a lot but it is shared slower system ram. You do find new gamer laptops with high spec video chips and dedicated vram but even those do not perform as well as a desktop with the same or smaller amount of video ram. Unlike a desktop you cannot change out the video on a laptop so what you have your are stuck with. When it comes to gaming especially something like first person shooters the video card is the key to everything. I have a dual core laptop with 4gb of ram a very stripped down version of windows and 1gb of system ram dedicated to the video. I also have a old 2.8ghz single core pentium with 1gb of system ram but it has a new 1gb video card (important as these have a video processor and do not use the system one) and this does play call of duty at 60-100fps and anything else I can find to try on it. I tried the video card as an $75 experiment as I was about to replace the system. I didn't do that. It makes that much of a difference.

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