A friend of mine just bought a new computer at WalMart. The computer
is a complete set with speakers, mouse, keyboard and monitor. It was
advertised with 1G of memory and the system reports that it is 768K.
She contacted WalMart and Walmart acknowledges that it is a mistake.
Now she has to unplug everything, pack it up and take it back for a
This is a lot of work. What, if anything, extra should she expect for
her troubles from Walmart or Acer (brand)?
Walmart customer service is likely wrong. Depending on which system function
is doing the reporting, she could very well have 1G of installed RAM with
256K taken up by the on-board hardware video circuitry. In such case,
Windows reports only the memory available to it, which is !1Gig - 256K 768K.
Whether the math is correct or not (confusing Kb with Mb), I'm glad
somebody here understands that, depending on the hardware, Windows will
sometimes report less RAM than is physically present. The computer was
probably not defective. Don't let that ruin a good Walmart-bash though,
I don't much like the place either.
She went to Acer's web site and it turns out that it is true that 256k
is being used for video.
They are just padding the numbers. It is a good thing she found this
information before she packed it up and took it back for nothing.
I guess not buying at Walmart is good advice.
How do you figure that? All things considered, she's got a pretty decent
machine for a great price. It also has a 16X PCIE slot, so, if she wants a
good graphics card, she can pop one in and free up that stick of ram
They aren't padding the numbers at all. The system has 1 GB of RAM. Anyone
buying a computer should do a little research and check on Google for a
review, first. All it takes is a little legwork. But it is not false
advertising at all. Dedicated video RAM is slower than DDR2 RAM as it uses
the restricted PCI bus speed so using the systems DDR RAM is actually better
if you are into graphics applications as it runs at the CPU's bus speed.
It's also cheaper.
PCI video cards are long gone, it's years they're all on the north bridge
thanks to the AGP port.
1) the RAM mounted on video cards is way faster than the system RAM and with
a superior bandwidth
2) it is directly connected to the GPU so the GPU-to-video-memory path is
shorter, thus quicker
3) a video card using it's own RAM doesn't slow down the whole system as
integrated video cards (using system RAM) do
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