Bought a new laptop, need help
Hi, I just bought a new laptop during black friday at best buy. It was the $850 compaq presario 1.6GHz, 512 ram, 80 gb, DVD burner, ATI radeon xpress 200m
Anyways, so when I go to 'my computer' and click property, and then go to the system's tab
Manufactured and supported by
AMD Turion (tm) 64 Mobile
795 MHz, 384 MB of RAM
Physical Address Extension
WHY DOES IT SAY ITS ONLY 795 MHz and only 384 MB of RAM?! Its suppose to be 1.6 GHz!!! Anyone know what is up?
Also, I see a place where I can increase my virtual memory. If I increase it to 1 GB, does that mean I'll have an extra 1 GB of RAM to use?
NEW QUESTION Is it possible to upgrade my video card in the future by myself? Or would it be too tough?
I'm wondering if your video card is using system memory. Meaning, 512 physical memory, 128 of which is used by video, the rest (384) is given to the OS. I have an old Compaq that does the same thing (256mb ram, 32 of which is used for video).
The 795 mhz is explained by an ACPI feature called "speed stepping" where the CPU is slowed down to save on power. To sacrifice battery power for speed turn off all power management (your computer's property dialog should show 1.6ghz). There's probably a little icon in your system tray that you can click on to turn it off.
[quote82fe32e27d="TimmyWangy"]Also, I see a place where I can increase my virtual memory. If I increase it to 1 GB, does that mean I'll have an extra 1 GB of RAM to use?[/quote82fe32e27d]
Virtual memory is special hard drive space set apart by windows that gets used whenever your physical ram is being used up. that's about all i can tell you, maybe try google?
Thanks a lot you two. =] This has been very helpful. Saved me a call to the tech support.
New Question Would it be possible for me to upgrade my video card for my laptop in the future, or would it be too tough?
all depends on the laptop really. Some are harder than others.
[quote34c35bb66b="TimmyWangy"]New Question Would it be possible for me to upgrade my video card for my laptop in the future, or would it be too tough?[/quote34c35bb66b]
I don't think I've ever seen a laptop where you can replace the video "card". It's not really a card, because it is on the motherboard and cant be removed.
Actually, you can on some.