Solved How do I set memory for intel HD graphics?

February 16, 2011 at 13:34:51
Specs: Windows 7

I have a laptop with Intel Core i5 M 460 @ 2.53GHz processor and 4GB of RAM memory, and it uses the Intel HD Graphics for games. The controller states that intel HD graphics has a minimum of 128MB of RAM memory available and a maximum of 1.7GB. I know there are some games that have been tested and even designed to work with intel HD graphics (BioShock 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Far Cry 2, Medieval II: Total War, and many others). Still, most games haven't been tested, GTA 4 among them. The game runs with extreme lag and 3D upload problems, because it only detects 128MB of the true 1.7GB available for graphics use. Does anyone know of a way to fix this, or at least set a minimum of 512MB of RAM memory available for use for the intel HD graphics? I've tried the BIOS setting, but there is no option to be able to change this, it only states 128MB of graphic memory available. Please help!

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March 7, 2011 at 10:16:22

Did the high performance setting, and I guess it helps.

I have found a way, though. I believe there's a way to specify how much video memory an application will have available by typing a command on the game console. So the command depends on the game, and since some games (specially new ones) don't have a in-game console, there's always options to input commands, usually by a .txt file directly on the game install folder.

This has notoriously helped the gaming experience.



#1
February 16, 2011 at 15:00:21

"it only detects 128MB of the true 1.7GB available for graphics use"

Sorry to disappoint you, but 128MB is the "true" memory. Anything other than that is dynamically shared & there is no setting for that. If it's a desktop machine, install a gaming video card. If it's a notebook, you're out of luck, stick to more lightweight/older games.

Try using this: Can You Run It?

EDIT: don't know how I missed it, but I see it's a laptop.


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#2
February 16, 2011 at 15:11:22

You say it's a laptop, you're out of luck .....

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#3
February 16, 2011 at 21:10:58

Actually, it's supposed to be all dynamically shared, even the 128MB. All memory from intel HD graphics is taken from RAM. I just can't believe that there isn't an option to let you dedicate more from the start. Because I'm sure there is more available, since it plays games like Modern Warfare and others that surely take more than 128MB. But I think those games have some way of being able to manipulate the memory allocation to take more from RAM.

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#4
March 7, 2011 at 08:34:44

Try changing the power settings to high performance at least when the system is plugged in. Go to control panel>Hardware & sound>power options. You can customize how the system acts when the thing is plugged in or on battery, there is a setting for high performance for the whole system or just the GPU. That may help.
I have not yet found a way to set the min memory for the GPU but I just started looking.

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#5
March 7, 2011 at 10:16:22
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Did the high performance setting, and I guess it helps.

I have found a way, though. I believe there's a way to specify how much video memory an application will have available by typing a command on the game console. So the command depends on the game, and since some games (specially new ones) don't have a in-game console, there's always options to input commands, usually by a .txt file directly on the game install folder.

This has notoriously helped the gaming experience.


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#6
March 15, 2011 at 01:32:18

how you did that? plz share........

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#7
March 15, 2011 at 08:30:22

¿How did I do what, exactly?

I haven't found a way to allocate video memory from RAM in a permanent way. But, inf GTA IV, for example, I managed to increase the video memory taken from RAM by a direct command in a .txt file that works like a console command.


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#8
March 21, 2011 at 23:06:43

What exactly was the command you added in the .txt file? I am having the same issues running GTA IV on my laptop.

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#9
March 22, 2011 at 10:52:43

Let me know what specs does your laptop have. Mine are on top of this thread. I'll give you the commands I added to mine, but they may have to be different for your laptop.

On the install folder of your GTA IV, create a txt file named commandline.txt, it should be filled with the following text:

-DX9/high
-noprecache
-nomemrestrict
-novblank
-fullscreen
-availablevidmem 2.500
-renderquality 0
-shadowdensity 0
-texturequality 0
-viewdistance 0
-detailquality 0
-percentagevidmem 100
-stereo
-framelimit 0
-noswapdelay
-forcer2vb
-monspecaudio
-norestriction
-memrestrict 188743680
-memrestrict 209715200
-memrestrict 230686720

And FYI, -availablevidmem 2.500 is the command that allocates the RAM memory for video memory, you can change it a few numbers down or up depending on your needs. Try it out to find the right one for your laptop, as all depends on how much RAM you're packing.


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#10
March 24, 2011 at 06:47:20

Does that work for any game, i.e. the file name command.txt in the game root directory? I'm trying to run Witcher and have the same issue as you do.

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#11
April 4, 2011 at 13:34:25

hey whats up?
i have the same issues but maybe its because my computer cant andle it.
im trying to run assassins creed brotherhood.
i have an acer intel core i3 with 2gb ram and intel hd graphics.
what should i write in the .txt file??
thanx

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#12
April 4, 2011 at 16:06:22

I've seen quite a few games that use the .txt file as console, but the same procedure does not apply to all of them. Surely, each will have a different name and the commands will be different. So I advice you to check out the solution to the game you're playing. What I wrote before was the commands to use in GTA IV.

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#13
May 2, 2011 at 16:54:09

Same exact laptop. I run GTA IV just fine. Make a .txt called "commandline"
then copy the following:
-availablevidmem 8.0
-percentvidmem 100
-nomemrestrict
-norestriction
-novblank
-norestriction
you should be able to run gta just fine with minor lag (avarage 25 fps)


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#14
May 9, 2011 at 00:07:01

Ummm... What about GTA EFLC? Is there a way to increase memory for that game using the same command used to run GTA IV? Anyway, here are my specs:
Intel quad core i7 250, overclock speed to 2.90GHz
Nvidia GT540M 1 GB with overclock speed up to 1700MB+ and Intel HD graphics
8GB RAM
640GB HDD

Hate the graphics when I run the game. Buildings and roads keep dissappearing!!!


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#15
May 9, 2011 at 14:46:55

Have you tried using the txt file with the commands? Your computer should run the game decently.

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#16
May 22, 2011 at 12:38:42

ive got an Acer Aspire 5750-6677
with intel Core i3-2310M with 2.1 Ghz, 3Mb l3 cache
Intel HD graphics 3000 with 1760 mb Dynamic Video Memory
4 GB DDR3 Memory
so all of my specs are good to run the game, but i need to know what i should put into that .txt document and where specifically i should drop it to make it work.
All help is appreciated, this is a temporary laptop before i get a real gaming rig, but until then, i need to be able to run GTA IV.

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#17
May 23, 2011 at 10:50:24

All the instructions are posted above. All you have to do is scroll up and follow.

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#18
June 8, 2011 at 06:11:06

well to the answer of Question that was asked is ... i myslef didn't find any solution to change the sharing of Graphics either from Bios or any software. But i will share my experience with you maybe it helps.. I have acer aspire 5742 , initially when i was running windows 7 ultimate 32 bit then my Graphics was showing memory of 775mb but i have at that time 2 gb Ram installed so the gaming experience wasn't good. then i add another 2 gb ram and then my Graphics memory upgraded to 1gm automatically , but when i opened the RESOURCE Monitor (which u could find in task manger under performance tab) it was showing free memory of 1 gb ... which include 1.3gb hardware reserved and more than a GB in used without any thing running ... so it was like 1 gb left and still the gaming experience wasn't good because of less memory ...
now after that i installed Windows 7 64-bit OS . and then my Graphics sharing was only 128mb. and there is now a lot of memory is in free mode but now due to less graphics memory (128MB) THE gaming experience is good but on low resolutions ... so like u i also desperately needed to increase my graphics memory ... and there must be any solution to that ... :(((

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#19
June 8, 2011 at 09:29:05

The only way I have found to help with this issue is to manipulate the graphic memory available directly through the application (game) that's being used. This through console options which dictate the amount of graphic memory the application will use.

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#20
June 22, 2011 at 22:24:48

Bro please help me out i have a TOSHIBA satellite l655 s5158
that has:
INTEL i3 -380M 2.53Ghz
4GB RAM
INTEL HD GRAPHICS 64MB- 1624MB dinamically allocated
1366x728 widescreen supports 720p content
please can u provide some other numbers and words i would have to type in order to play the game ? please
thank you soo much !!!

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#21
June 23, 2011 at 10:39:51

i am just planning to bye Hp laptop config in Intel HD grafig its accept the game

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#22
July 27, 2011 at 10:17:53

Changing graphics power setting from optomized to high performance was a great idea. Unfortunately on my HP laptop it had zero effect on windows experience graphics scores, standard or games, so I didn't run any dedicated benchmarks. With 8G total memory I have a lot dynamically available, but graphics dedicated is only 32 megs. Like all these posts I thought dedicate more RAM for graphics only would improve performance verses dynamically available. But as indicated, no way to do that. Intel support site confirms this cannot be done or even increase how much dynamic is available. In my case, its preset by HP.

I even considered trying to swap out Intel for a Radeon laptop card, assuming it used a common interface. But the amount of tear down is so extreme, I gave up on that. Purchasing the machine I knew the Intel graphics would be limiting and it is the controlling item on experience score. Hoped for a workaround to tweak it slightly, but as all have found, no go.


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#23
August 2, 2011 at 04:55:57

hi i have the same problem with GTA IV and i cant fix it can u tell me how you did it please

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