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Richard Kim

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My Toshiba notebook had 128 MB of RAM and I decided to upgrade it to 256 MB. After I installed it and checked my System properties, it says I have 248 MB of RAM. What happened?
 

Richard Kim

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My Toshiba notebook had 128 MB of RAM and I decided to upgrade it to 256 MB. After I installed it and checked my System properties, it says I have 248 MB of RAM. What happened?
 

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Your laptop may be sharing the system ram with the video card. Check the total ram in the Bios and see if the correct total is being displayed there.
 

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Your laptop may be sharing the system ram with the video card. Check the total ram in the Bios and see if the correct total is being displayed there.
 

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oh... and there's always the thought that you may have bought a stick of ram rated in the decimal system and not the binary system.

That is, your stick of ram has 256,000 (256*10^3)bytes instead of 262,144 (256*2^10)bytes.
 

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oh... and there's always the thought that you may have bought a stick of ram rated in the decimal system and not the binary system.

That is, your stick of ram has 256,000 (256*10^3)bytes instead of 262,144 (256*2^10)bytes.
 

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Probably your video card in the lappy shares the ram with the system memory, and the video card uses 8 megs of ram (256 - 248).
 

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Probably your video card in the lappy shares the ram with the system memory, and the video card uses 8 megs of ram (256 - 248).
 

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