1GB of Ram showing as 512MB

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Yep, im stumped. Ok, so my PC currently has 1GB of Ram, however most of the time it only shows as 512MB in the system information. Occasionally i get lucky and it shows it's whole 1GB but im just wondering why it's only comming up with 512MB when it chooses to do so.

I have the exact same PC model as my mother's although she isn't experiencing any problems.

The model im using is:
http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowPro..._cons&pageType=Overview&category=VD+XL+Series

Any ideas? Note im pretty computer illiterate when it comes to these things. Though my mother's a bit more educated in this department.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
 
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Have you got all your updates...Windows updates and have you gone to the Sony site and see if there are any updates for that model ie Bios updates etc.
 
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Also you could have a loose memory stick.......if you know where they are usually under a trap door on the underneath with 4 phillips screw
 
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I'm not an expert at all, but just wanted to say that I experienced the SAME thing (my comp sometimes recognizing it but not always) for about two days and it turned out that the chip was not inserted all the way in. I had added RAM chips before and thought I'd pushed it in more than enough but I guess how hard you gotta push is different from one chip to another.
 
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