Why does my PC say that it only has 1982 MB of RAM?

I put two 1 GB sticks (2048 MB) of DDR2 memory into my HP laptop and in the system properties it only shows 1982 MB of RAM. What is the rest used for and why does it not show up?

2 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    The rest is being used by your video card. It's using "shared memory"... very typical of laptops (and even low to mid-range desktops.) Most video card's don't have much of their own RAM onboard, most of the RAM for a low to mid-priced video card is "stolen" from the system memory.

  • Fox
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It's possible that it's allocating ~64Mb of RAM for video. My laptop has 1Gb but it says 768 since I have 128Mb dedicated to video.

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