What??? Minimum for Vista Home Basic is 512mb. Now, maybe the
minimum to run more than one or two apps at a time is more but
surely not 2gb for Home Basic.
It will "run" at that size but it won't be useable.
Just try running it with 512 and it will go virtual and drive your
performance down to a crawl. A brand new Vista Home system with no apps
running typically will demand 860MB of RAM If you only have 512 it will
constantly swap to disk and that destroys performance. 2 GB is the
practical configuration. Microsoft claimed XP was fine in 128 but you could
never do anything with it with that little RAM. An extra gig for that
computer is like 50 bucks. Money very well spent.
You'll have to forgive me. I have only been in this business for 24 years
and I make a living as a IT consultant.
A great many video cards borrow from main RAM. It is quite possible the
system has 1 GB and the video adapter is using 256 MB of it. I doubt a
Wal-Mart would even know this. Where is the system reporting the memory?
Is it in the BIOS or in Windows? Look in the BIOS for the memory
configuration. Most BIOSs will let you modify the RAM allotted to the video
card. If you don't need it, lower the number to 128 or 64MB.
Acer is no better or worse than anything Dell or Gateway puts out at the
price. Acer laptops are a pretty good value, a lot of features for a low
price. Do buy the extended warranty, however. it is cheap but very good
Maybe it has 1GB of main memory but the video card maybe sharing the
memory taking away 256MB. Look at the spec. of video chip. Cheap PCs
are built that way instead of having video memory separate.
Your friend should expect nothing. Wal-Mart didn't get to be the world's
largest retailer by giving away things to its customers. Your friend
should get what was advertised, but if she expects more than that, she's
likely going to be disappointed.
You get what you pay for. Next time, your friend should visit a local
mom & pop store to buy a PC and have it built to her specifications or
make life really easy on herself and buy an Apple computer. Either way,
she would get a lot more compute for her money and better tech support.
Good luck with that idea. No merchant has ever reimbursed me in any
way for time/gas/trouble, when I've purchased a defective product. If
they're interested in customer relations, they will apologize for the
trouble, and that's about as good as it gets around here, when you
shop at a chain store.
Shop locally, and your experience will be a lot better.
Some people can't shop locally. Poor people.
There are no WalMarts in New York, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco,
Detroit, Boston, and a few other union-dominated places. There are two
WalMarts in Philadelphia, three in Atlanta and Miami, one in Los Angeles,
and one in St Louis.
That's why there's www.walmart.com.
I'm in Houston - we have 17 WalMarts. (Nine in Dallas, seven in Austin, and
fourteen in San Antonio - there's even one in Pflugerville, Texas)
There is no room for a store the size of Wal-Mart in NYC (just in case
you hadn't noticed, there is more to NY than NYC), and it would be too
expensive to tear down existing buildings to build one in NYC. There are
tons of Wal-Marts in NYS.
Right. There's one in Albany. None in Brooklyn, Bronx, Buffalo, and One in
Niagra Falls. One each in Cheektowaga, Hamburg, Amherst, Clarence, Lockport,
Batavia, and Fredonia. Among others.
New York is lip-deep in Walmarts.
I found a page listing state ranking.
New York has 37 WalMart SuperCenters, slightly behind Kansas and Iowa, each
with 39. But way ahead of New Mexico (28). Texas has 259.
But Texas has more people who need bargains than does New York.
There are plenty of Walmart's lots closer to NYC than Albany and
the other cities you mentioned. There are several on Long Island
and a couple in Westchester.
Also, there are Home Depot's and Costco's in NYC (including
Manhattan), so the excuse of not having enough room to build one
is bogus. They may not be willing to pay the price for the real
estate but that doesn't mean it can't be done.
Another reason to stay away from texas.
I refuse to shop at walmart or sams club for moral reasons. Their well
documented mistreatment of employees, discrimination against women,
union busting, and disrespect for the environment drive me away. They
also have been the prime mover in exporting hundreds of thousands of US
jobs to China and other countries where workers are mistreated and
poorly paid. Their spying on employees is another problem. Yet another
is the fact that state and local governments have to spend hundreds of
millions of dollars annually to provide health benefits to walmart
employees. The waltons rake in their billions while the taxpayers foot
the bill for the employees' health insurance - wonderful.
I have too much self respect to shop at these places just to save a few
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