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#1 yethPC

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:53 AM

is there a way to know what memory size my built in graphics adapter has?Tnx

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:09 AM

Yup!

You can run the DirectX Diagniostic from the Run box:

1. Click on Start then on Run...
2. Type dxdiag and press enter
3. If asked if you want to check WHQL certs, click no
4. Wait for the program to load, then click on the Display tab

You adapter's info will be displayed, including the memory.

There's also a freeware app called GPU- z that shows a whole bunch of data about your video adapter: http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 18 January 2008 - 04:09 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:06 AM

The most important thing to remember about onboard graphics is they take a 20-25% performance hit from sharing system memory, the newer pci-e cards using turbocache seem to suffer less from this effect

Next you have to consider how much actual system memory is available and if you can keep enough ram for system use and video use.

Some systems have a bios setting, some are automatic

Advanced display properties under adapter might show the allocated video memory, sometimes you just have to do the math and see how much of your system memory is missing to figure out what is being shared
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 08:32 AM

Thanks for all suggestions.I ran dxdiag and under display tab there is approx. total mem which is only 4 mb?I asked this because I was having a problem installing nba live game on my pc.Is there a way to increase its size?If ever I add memory chip will it also help share certain amount for video?

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:28 AM

Onboard memory...generally allows a user to change the amount allocated...in the BIOS. There is a setting in there which reflects the amount of RAM allocated for onboard video/graphics. Change that setting to what you want, save the changed BIOS settings, reboot (it should reboot automatically after you save the settings), and that should be it.

How to get into your computer's BIOS - http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...enter-BIOS.html

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Edit: That's what I thought also, Chewy (about the 4MB). I don't think I've seen that since my first computer (1996).

Edited by hamluis, 18 January 2008 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:38 AM

your computer must be very old, systems designed after windows xp came out share at least 8 or 16 megs of ram

windows xp minimum video ram is 16 megs
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:30 AM

Yes it's very old.But I never had any problem with it since it was brought to us.It really works well for me.So im currently doing all types of upgrade to make it more beneficial.Thanks again.




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