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Why do e-machines have less memory than they are sold to supposedly have?

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Good Day Experts,

We have an e-machine and on the tower there is a label saying that it has 256 MB and when I go into system properties on windows xp there is only 192MB listed.  Why is that?

Thanks,

Ellsworth
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The onboard video card uses 64MB from the system memory.  If you got a separate video card with its own memory, this would not happen.
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Thanks Callandor.  You don't have a link to a brand name manufacturer or support site that says the same do you?

Thanks again,

Ellsworth
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Here's some:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?lc=en&cc=us&docname=bph04502

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/expert/dunn_03august11_vc.mspx
"If you have a low-end computer with a built-in video card on the motherboard, there's an even more compelling reason to upgrade to a new video card: your system is probably using shared RAM. This means that the on-board video card borrows from your main system RAM, which reduces the RAM you have available for video editing, which slows everything down."

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/124
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Okay: ) thanks Callandor:D

Ells
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