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Hard Drive RAM advertised to be 256 MB only listed as 224

My RAM is supposed to be 256 MB RAM, but I'm only getting 224 MB. Because of this, I cannot buy a new game with the minimum requirements being 256 MB. Is there any fix to this besides buying more memory?

I have a Compaq Presario 6020 computer.

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Missing RAM

Your onboard display controller is eating up 32 MB of RAM.

You can either buy more RAM or disable the onboard video and buy a video card.

Personally, I think you'd get more utility out of more RAM.


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Missing RAM

First of all, if you didn't already know this, "hard drive" and RAM are two totally different things.

I agree, the first thing that comes to mind is that built-in video on the motherboard is using 32 MB of RAM. Getting more RAM is one thing, but have you checked the video requirements of the game? A lot of new games aren't likely to be playable, or even run at all, on a built-in video chipset.

And if you have a separate video card, check the BIOS settings if you can and see if there is anything about built-in video (eg. an option to disable it) or shared memory.


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If you're into gaming, you need to do both things suggested. Buy more RAM AND get an actual video card.

You should have a minimum of 512MB of RAM, and at least a 64MB video card, AGP or PCI-X. Integrated video chipsets are always low-end performers, and will never handle new games well. You'll want to read some hardware review sites to look for the best card in your budget range, because while generally speaking cheaper means lower performing, there are time sensitive exceptions to that rule. On the RAM front, consider that the game itself wants 256MB, but you've still got the operating system, any other apps, and all their overhead to contend with as well. Having an extra 256MB or more will just make things run all the smoother.

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