is this right?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by gballard, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. gballard

    gballard Moderator

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    I recently purchased an HP Pavilion zv5330us from Circuit City. The specs say its sposed to have 512MB of RAM but when I checked it...it only has 384MB. I took the laptop back and actually spoke to the gentleman who sold me the computer. He said that happens sometimes and is a mistake from the manufacturer. The store manager came to check on things and they got another zv5330us from inventory and fired it up and sure enough it only was showing 384 as well. The salesman went and checked the display model and it too was only showing 384. The salesman called someone...their support desk i guess...and returned with an answer. He said that there is 256MB built onto the motherboard. Then there is a 256MB DIMM in the memory slot. That adds up to 512MB and then the video card uses 128MB of the 512MB thus leaving 384MB showing up in windows. This is my first experience with an HP laptop...does anyone know if this is correct or if CC is trying to pull a fast one on me?
     
  2. ThePatriot

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  3. Elektro Slime

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    yeah, i know about shared vga memory but ive never heard of memory being built into the mobo? or am i missing something?
     
  4. ThePatriot

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    I had a Toshiba laptop a while back that I'm pretty sure had ram on the mobo plus expansion slots, and the Compaq I have at home now has 64mg with the slots empty.
     
  5. _kC_

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    umm were u blind when u bought it?

    "Graphics card
    ATI® MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9000 with 128MB DDR (shared)"
     
  6. champ2005

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    sounds about right - 256mb on the motherboard, 256mb in the expansion slot minus 128mb video memory gives 384. you can always reduced the shared memory used, i think it supports 32/64/128mb.