Can me dedicated video memory be increased.

February 28, 2011 at 07:37:40
Specs: Windows 7, amd anthlon 2.7 GB x2/ 4 Gigs
I have an HP Touchsmart 300 with an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 with 256MB dedicated Video Memory; 1919 total video mem available, and 1663 shared system memory. It came with 4 Gigs of ram, But I know I can upgrade that to 8Gigs.

1) do I have hypermemory, it seems that if I did GTA IV would run a LOT smoother.

2) there is no option in my bios setup for video memory. I've read that the ATI Control panel has an option, but I have the Catalyst Control Center, and I can not find that option in there. now when playing GTA IV and I alt-tab out, Task manager has shown that out of that 4GB only 2Gig max is ever used, 700MB for GTA IV, and 1.3 GB for system, using game booster to shut off everything else.
a) Is having 2 GB unused normal?
b) Is there any way I can increase the dedicated video memory?
c) will upgrading to 8GB ram make a difference?

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February 28, 2011 at 08:04:53
Basically what you have is a laptop minus the portability. Even if you could allocate more memory for the video (which you can't), it wouldn't make any difference. More graphics memory can't make up for the weak HD 3200 GPU. What you have is not a gaming PC & can not be turned into one.

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February 28, 2011 at 08:14:41
"a) Is having 2 GB unused normal?"

You don't have 2 GB RAM unused. The upper portion of the memory gauge does not represent free memory. Most of this memory will actually be in use but can be quickly reassigned to other processes if necessary. All memory except that labeled as "Free" is in use.

"c) will upgrading to 8GB ram make a difference?"

How much memory can be effectively used depends on the workload. For most purposes I would say no. If this is a 32 bit OS you cannot use more than 4GB RAM.

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March 2, 2011 at 15:20:40
My system is 64bit, so will upgrading from 4 to 8GB help? And will it automatically reassign more Ram to video?

The Jesse motherboard can also handle a Quad processor, so I will be upgrading that as well. But I heard that upgrading the memory will make a bigger difference than upgrading the CPU, at least enough that it is worth upgrading the memory first on my low budget, and the CPU later on down the line. Is this true?

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