Solved can't figure out how to restore my dedicated video memory

Dell E6430
September 7, 2016 at 17:37:33
Specs: windows 7 professional, 16gb DDR3
i need to know if i reset my laptop, will it restore my 64mb dedicated video memory back to 1000MB, anybody know?

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September 8, 2016 at 00:40:07
The 64 meg will be the 'dedicated' part of the video ram and is the only physical video ram. The rest of your video ram is part of the system ram and is 'shared'.

You can't increase the dedicated ram and as far as I know the OS determines what shared ram is necessary. If there is a user setting to change that it will tell you in the owner's manual for your laptop.

You can always reset the laptop but I don't think that will affect your video, unless something within windows was changed and is affecting it. If you're having specific problems you think are video related please describe them.

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September 8, 2016 at 05:14:58
i bought a 2009 dell latitude e6430 intel core i7 16gb DDR3 with intel hd 4000 graphics, but it is nvidia enabled, i need to increase my video memory, but i tried the BIOS menu, i literally tried everything, but i can't find any dedicated video memory setting, or one i can change, i have around 1500mb of video memory, but 64mb is dedicated

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September 8, 2016 at 14:24:21
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Laptops rarely have any options for video memory. When provided all the setting does is dedicate a portion of system RAM for use by the video system. This does nothing for performance but fools software into believing the system really has more dedicated RAM than it really does.

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September 9, 2016 at 08:30:53
The HD 4000 has no graphics memory; it's 100% shared. There may or may not be a base setting (64MB, 128MB, 256MB, etc) available in the BIOS.

From what I could find, the NVIDIA graphics in your laptop is probably the NVS 5200M & should have 1GB of dedicated memory. It uses Optimus technology which switches between the Intel graphics & NVIDIA graphics based on load. In other words, if you're just web browsing, the Intel graphics is used, but if you load a game, the NVIDIA graphics will be used. There's no settings to change, the switching of graphics happens automatically.

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September 9, 2016 at 10:18:32
To add to #4 above, I think the NVIDIA graphics may only run if your settings are for performance rather than run time. Extra power is used and if running on battery power it may not kick in.

I suggest you read the owners manual. Try at the link below.

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