Acer computers from Comet

#1
Hi All,
Had a friend, bought an Acer comp from comet, advertised as 1Gb of RAM, yet when I set it up it only shows 768Mb ?
Helpline told her the other 256Mb was being used by the onboard graphics, any way (without opening the sealed case), I can check this ?
The comp is running under Vista, (not an OS I am familiar with)
Regards
Bigt
 
#3
Try Googling: Belarc Advisor. A bit of software that goes through your computer,comes up with a page with a complete rundown on your system,great bit of software.
 
#4
Thanks RoofRat, but as yet she is not on the WWW, so probably not an option
(Bravo Bravo, you are the epitome of nothing, ergo you are the personification of absolutely no use, many thanks for your 8 key presses, I realise it must have taken you a great deal of time to work out 1. where your fingers are. 2. where the keyboard is, and 3. what it was you were going to type).
 
#5
Bigt116 said:
Hi All,
Had a friend, bought an Acer comp from comet, advertised as 1Gb of RAM, yet when I set it up it only shows 768Mb ?
Helpline told her the other 256Mb was being used by the onboard graphics, any way (without opening the sealed case), I can check this ?
The comp is running under Vista, (not an OS I am familiar with)
Regards
Bigt
Oh dear :!:




You can find out the information by looking in system settings. It should all be there.
 
#6
Cheers Lobster, as I said, not au fait with Vista, so not sure where to check actual physically installed memory. The only reason I ask is because I don't want to see her get ripped off, (any more)
 
#9
Bigt116 said:
on board graphics

Its as advertised then.

They will be shared graphics. 1Gig total but the graphics borrows from the main bank as opposed to a seperate graphics card with its own cache.
 
#10
It will show in the BIOS and usually with an option to reduce it should you so wish. Accessing the BIOS differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, you could try holding down the delete key while booting up, or F2.

A quick google shows Ctrl-Alt-Esc as a possibility for Acer laptops
 
#11
Off topic a little regarding ACER laptops, when you buy a pc or laptop , or a new hard drive it comes with a retail 12 month warrenty but hard drive also have a 3 years manufacturers warrenty, i am not sure if this is legal or not but ACER only have a 12 warrenty unless you buy a 3 year cover, a friend i know who's acer laptop was just short of 3 years old and the hard drive failed ACER said it was not covered as he did not buy the 3 year cover and charged him for a new hard drive.

keep it in mind when buying ACER
 
#12
jaybee2786 said:
Off topic a little regarding ACER laptops, when you buy a pc or laptop , or a new hard drive it comes with a retail 12 month warrenty but hard drive also have a 3 years manufacturers warrenty, i am not sure if this is legal or not but ACER only have a 12 warrenty unless you buy a 3 year cover, a friend i know who's acer laptop was just short of 3 years old and the hard drive failed ACER said it was not covered as he did not buy the 3 year cover and charged him for a new hard drive.

keep it in mind when buying ACER
Some intresting info here
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Warrant.htm

about this. A huge article and there are lots of caveats the manufacturer might be able to use against you to avoid honouring warranties, but one very intresting piece of info:-

"The Sale of Goods Act in the UK
It is well worth noting that the Sale of Goods Act in the UK protects the purchase of goods over their expected useful life.

This is valuable protection for goods that have an expected useful life that is longer than the standard 12-month warranty. It means that if the product, such as a desktop or laptop computer, has an expected useful life of four years, its owner can get it repaired or replaced if it dies within that period, regardless of any warranties, standard 12-month or extended. All computers should have a useful life of at least four years, so it is a waste of money to buy an extended warranty for a desktop or laptop computer. However, the vendor or manufacturer will probably try every trick in the book to avoid having to repair or replace a computer that is out of its warranty period and which has no extended warranty. That said, if you have the product examined by a reputable third party and then insist on your rights under the Sale of Goods Act, if the product fails within its expected useful life, you will always be entitled to having it repaired or replaced. "
 
#13
Hi,

Acer PCs are quite decent, I have one of their laptops and it is better that a compaq. Google Crucial memory. com/uk and go to their website. type in the model number of the PC and see how much a gig or 2 of ram is. Then go and bid on eBay. if you put in 2 or more gig of RAM into the PC. it will be a lot more responsive.
 
#14
Be aware, as per the previous link I posted re warranties :- Some manufacturers will consider opening the case to add extra RAM as invalidating your warranty.
That said, its one of the best, easiest and cheapest ways of improving performance

As a PS, should you consider this, 4GB is your max without using Vista 64bit OS (Which I wouldnt reccomend to hardly anyone)
 
#15
Could just get yourself a nice plugin graphics card with its own onboard memory. Then disable the onboard card in BIOS and you'll get your RAM back.
 
#16
fatcakes said:
Could just get yourself a nice plugin graphics card with its own onboard memory. Then disable the onboard card in BIOS and you'll get your RAM back.
This is true but you are still running the PC with a minimum amount of memory, I normally buy my Graphics card and memory on eBay as it is a lot cheaper than PCWorld, Comet or eBuyer.

By adding up to 4 Gig of memory will make enough difference as the 256meg on board graphics card should be fine. you will be able to run most games and other applications for a few years.

Any problems or advice on PCs or upgrading feel free to PM me.
 
#17
IT_GEEK said:
jaybee2786 said:
Off topic a little regarding ACER laptops, when you buy a pc or laptop , or a new hard drive it comes with a retail 12 month warrenty but hard drive also have a 3 years manufacturers warrenty, i am not sure if this is legal or not but ACER only have a 12 warrenty unless you buy a 3 year cover, a friend i know who's acer laptop was just short of 3 years old and the hard drive failed ACER said it was not covered as he did not buy the 3 year cover and charged him for a new hard drive.

keep it in mind when buying ACER
Some intresting info here
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Warrant.htm

about this. A huge article and there are lots of caveats the manufacturer might be able to use against you to avoid honouring warranties, but one very intresting piece of info:-

"The Sale of Goods Act in the UK
It is well worth noting that the Sale of Goods Act in the UK protects the purchase of goods over their expected useful life.

This is valuable protection for goods that have an expected useful life that is longer than the standard 12-month warranty. It means that if the product, such as a desktop or laptop computer, has an expected useful life of four years, its owner can get it repaired or replaced if it dies within that period, regardless of any warranties, standard 12-month or extended. All computers should have a useful life of at least four years, so it is a waste of money to buy an extended warranty for a desktop or laptop computer. However, the vendor or manufacturer will probably try every trick in the book to avoid having to repair or replace a computer that is out of its warranty period and which has no extended warranty. That said, if you have the product examined by a reputable third party and then insist on your rights under the Sale of Goods Act, if the product fails within its expected useful life, you will always be entitled to having it repaired or replaced. "
just saying thanks I.T. GEEK for that input
 
#18
romach said:
By adding up to 4 Gig of memory will make enough difference as the 256meg on board graphics card should be fine. you will be able to run most games and other applications for a few years.
Simply stating that a 256 MB Graphics card will enable you to run most games and apps for a few years is a little naive, especially any onboard cards, which are next to useless. You could buy a 256 MB PCI Express card that would hardly let you run any current games, its more to do with the oboard (card not mobo) graphics chips than the memory on the card, do your research and look into performance of cards before willy nilly buying any old thing with 256 MB onboard. Obviously the 4Gig of ram will increase performance up to a point. Look online at Toms hardware for some comparisons:

Toms Hardware
 
#19
In addition to seedubs comments, the "next few years" will undoubtedly include more and more DX10 games, there are loads of cards out there now that are not DX10 compatable, so if you do go down this route and want some future proofing, DX10 is an important consideration
 
#20
fatcakes said:
Could just get yourself a nice plugin graphics card with its own onboard memory. Then disable the onboard card in BIOS and you'll get your RAM back.
In a laptop??

That is some serious engineering to go playing about with.
 

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