Posted 28 November 2006 - 10:05 AM
Generally video memory taken from the main RAM will conform to the bits/bytes that are associated with memory. In other words, it'll take one of the following amounts by default (depending on the video card's construction):
As an aside - we're starting to experience 'bloat time' with Windows XP. Systems fresh out of the box will work well with 256 mB of RAM. But as time goes by, the bloat will make the system so slow that it will run at a snail's pace. The degree of bloat is closely linked to your software and internet habits (because that's where it comes from). Basically, the more stuff that's added to your system, the more bloated it becomes.
The solution is (basically) to remove all of the bloat or to add memory. Adding memory is the easiest, and removing the bloat isn't a one time job. It'll take constant monitoring to ensure that the bloat doesn't creep back in.
So the next step is (basically again) 512 mB. Here bloat won't affect you as much, but you'll still need to keep an eye on it - so it doesn't creep back and bite you in the butt! But it won't be as intensive a battle as it is with 256 mB.
And, as before, another solution is to upgrade to 1 gB of RAM. With 1 gB of RAM, the bloat mostly goes away (my wife has been running on 1 gB for a long time now and doesn't have any problems with bloat). Some maintenance is always needed - but with 1 gB it's not an "immediate" need.
Beyond 1gB - there are circumstances where this may be needed (I've got 2 gB on my system and am upgrading to 4 gB as soon as the RAM arrives (new system with Windows Vista).
If you do a lot of photo stuff, video stuff, AutoCAD, music stuff, etc. Or if you're a gamer - this bloat can affect your performance even with boatloads of RAM. This is because the programs that you're using consume boatloads of RAM - and they get to it after the bloat claims it's portion.
To see what's being consumed on your system (in a general way), go to Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and click on the Processes tab and look at the MemUsage column.
Also, just for yucks and giggles - got to the Performance tab. There you'll see a graph of how much your CPU is working, and in the lower right you'll see a table that states Physical Memory (that's your RAM) - it'll tell you how much you have, and how much is available.
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