Missing ram

Ibm Lenovo thinkpad r60 r60e t60 t60p z6...
August 21, 2010 at 09:45:35
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2.40 / 256
Ive got IBM Thinkpad R60 with 512 Ram (one chip) running Windows XP Pro 32 bit.
On "System Properties" it only shows 504 Ram.

Now the problem is Ive got some software Im trying to install which insists it can't be installed on a system with less then 512 Ram.
Help?

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#1
August 21, 2010 at 10:05:22
When you're using an onboard video adapter - a video adapter built into the mboard - some mboard bioses subtract the amount of installed ram being shared with the video adapter from the total amount installed, because the operating system can't use that shared ram amount. Some bioses also subtract the 1 mb conventional memory amount.
Whatever total amount of ram the bios reports is the same as what Windows lists as the physical ram amount.

Ram modules come only in specific sizes - e.g. 32mb, 64mb, 128mb, 256mb, 512mb, 1gb (1,024mb)

In your case, the onboard video is presently set to use 8mb of the installed ram in the mboard's bios settings.
512 mb - 8 mb = 504 mb.

You DO have the 512mb minimum amount the software requires.


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#2
August 21, 2010 at 10:07:36
I know I have 512 Ram, but the software claims not - and will not install.

By the way, the same software was installed fine on my pc which also have 512 ram, but does show them all as present.

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#3
August 21, 2010 at 10:25:58
Buy another stick of memory ??

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#4
August 21, 2010 at 10:29:36
Guess I'll have to do that.

Was hoping for some workaround software or a registry twick.

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#5
August 21, 2010 at 10:39:33
"I know I have 512 Ram, but the software claims not - and will not install.

By the way, the same software was installed fine on my pc which also have 512 ram, but does show them all as present."

That's oddball software programming in that case. 8mb less isn't going to make a significant difference in the performance of the software. Ram is relatively cheap - install more.

If a desktop computer is using a video adapter that's on a card in a dedicated mboard video slot, AGP or PCI-E X16, and if the mboard has an onboard video adapter but does not have hybrid video support enabled, or if the mboard does not have an onboard video adapter, none of the ram installed in the mboard is shared with the video - the video has it's own ram on the card.

Only some high end more expensive laptops have a video adapter that isn't built into the mboard and that's on a card that can be removed.


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#6
August 21, 2010 at 10:51:37
Ok, thanks for you time lads :)

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#7
August 22, 2010 at 09:43:08
To have more RAM available at startup,
You can do Start, then RUN, then type
msconfig
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

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