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Video Memory Problem NVIDIA

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I recently bought this computer from a fellow over the internet. He used to run Linux on it so when I told him about the issue he told me he couldn't be of much help since he Ran linux and games worked fine for him on that platform.

My Problem is:
When I try and run GTA Vice City I get an error saying: "Grand Theft Auto VC cannot find enough available video memory"
When I try and run GTA Liberty city I get the error: Grand theft auto III requires at least 12mb of video memory.
When I try to Run J River media in theatre mode I get: "Error starting Direct3D Engine"

Ive included what I am assuming are relative system information Specs. I am wondering if maybe the graphics card in not compatible with xp. but I get th NVIDIA Icon in the system tray and in my control panel and it says the device is working properly. I have not Idea what to do.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name K
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model P35-DS3L
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel ~3000 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F9, 6/19/2009
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\XP
System Directory C:\XP\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name K\Administrator
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Total Physical Memory 8,192.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 2.81 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 9.33 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Name NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_06E4&SUBSYS_83211043&REV_A1\4&1A9C9F1A&0&0008
Adapter Type GeForce 8400 GS, NVIDIA compatible
Adapter Description NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Adapter RAM 512.00 MB (536,870,912 bytes)
Installed Drivers nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version
INF File oem7.inf (Section001 section)
Color Planes 1
Color Table Entries 4294967296
Resolution 1440 x 900 x 60 hertz
Bits/Pixel 32
Memory Address 0xF6000000-0xF6FFFFFF
Memory Address 0xE0000000-0xEFFFFFFF
Memory Address 0xF4000000-0xF7FFFFFF
I/O Port 0x00009000-0x00009FFF
IRQ Channel IRQ 16
I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
Driver c:\xp\system32\drivers\nv4_mini.sys (, 9.76 MB (10,232,128 bytes), 12/5/2007 2:11 AM)
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