My processor is Athlon XP 2600+(333 FSB) and DDR Ram is 256MB. Now problem is the processor specs are shown correctly but RAM is shown as 192MB only. The RAM is shown to be OK in other PCs. Also when RAM of 256MB from other PCs are installed on my motherboard same is the result. Is there a problem with my motherboard. My present motherboard is Jetway V2MDMP. Please advise on this and do I have to change my motherboard. Also do suggest a compatible motherboard if that is the case, preferrably MSI.
Your board has integrated graphics. And all boards tat are equipeed with integrated graphics use some of the system memory as graphics memory. In your case, the board is using 64 megs of your ram for graphics. 256-192=64. Thereis nothing wrong. It is just the way the system works.
Again, same problem. You're using a portion of your ram for graphics. That memorry is dedicated for graphics use and not used for anything else. Since XP needs a minimum of 256megs of ram, anything less will result in a slower boot. Instead of everything being loaded in memory and booting from there, your system has to constantly seek information from the hard drive. This slows down the boot, as well as most everything else the system does. Your solution is to add memory, preferably at least another 256megs. And as to your friend, more than likely he is using a dedicated graphics card with its own memory. That would be the reason it boots faster.