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Is there a way I can increase that to play more games my laptop has 8gb ram but only 500mb dedicated video ram it says I need a lot more on system requirements sites to play games could it still play … Read More
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Is there a way I can increase that to play more games my laptop has 8gb ram but only 500mb dedicated video ram it says I need a lot more on system requirements sites to play games could it still play games without the right amount of dedicated video ram my laptop meets most other requirements to play the games except that any way to increase it ?
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6m, 4w agoPosted 6 months, 4 weeks ago
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#1
The VRAM is on the board and there is no realistic way to change graphic chips/cards on most laptops. The actual RAM may take up a little slack and there is things you can do to help memory usage like turn down textures quality

Just out of interest what chip do you have with dedicated VRAM of just 500mb?

Unless you don't mean VRAM but the amount of regular RAM that is 'dedicated' , in which case, you can possibly increases your laptop RAM (depending on the laptop) and also change settings (possibly), it all depends on the laptop.

Tl;DR just read the last paragraph I cant read titles.






Edited By: catbeans on Dec 28, 2016 23:00: Tl;dr
#2
Should be able to allocate in your bios. Can you swap out your gpu ?
#3
catbeans
The VRAM is on the board and there is no realistic way to change graphic chips/cards on most laptops. The actual RAM may take up a little slack and there is things you can do to help memory usage like turn down textures quality

Just out of interest what chip do you have with dedicated VRAM of just 500mb?


It's only AMD Radeon r5 graphics it's 9 months out of date it says it's not a gaming laptop just seeing what it could play really
#4
catbeans
The VRAM is on the board and there is no realistic way to change graphic chips/cards on most laptops. The actual RAM may take up a little slack and there is things you can do to help memory usage like turn down textures quality

Just out of interest what chip do you have with dedicated VRAM of just 500mb?

Unless you don't mean VRAM but the amount of regular RAM that is 'dedicated' , in which case, you can possibly increases your laptop RAM (depending on the laptop) and also change settings (possibly), it all depends on the laptop.





And it has 8gb of ram upgradeable up to 12 I think but 496mb of dedicated video ram
#5
Pretty sure you have a APU and not a CPU+GPU. You will probably find that some of your 8GB is nabbed by the APU. Have a look in your bios to see if you have a ratio to set the allocation of memory.
#6
Over the years a few boards have been hacked to allow more than the brand label wanted to give you; Dell used to heavily restrict VRAM on some of their business machines.

Do some in depth google searches on the model and get its motherboard and BIOS info, you may find someone has a hack to increase it if there is no way to do so in the BIOS.

On an old Dell I had, Dell limited VRAM to 8MB, a hack got it to 128MB as it was a Dell BIOS restriction, and not a limit of the chipset, that was enough for my then 18 month old daughter to play a few Cbbies games.
#7
bracet22
It's only AMD Radeon r5 graphics it's 9 months out of date it says it's not a gaming laptop just seeing what it could play really

If it just says R5 without a model name after it (such as M335) then that's likely your integrated graphics and not a dedicated GPU with it's own memory so it's sharing the system memory.

In fast, I don't think AMD released any R# branded chips with less than 2GB of ram so it's almost certainly integrated.

bracet22
it says I need a lot more on system requirements sites to play games could it still play games without the right amount of dedicated video ram my laptop meets most other requirements to play the games except that any way to increase it ?

Yes, those system requirements sites are very simple and often wrong.

It's not very fast graphics whichever model it is, R5 is meaningless without the processor model. So it'll struggle with some games due to lack of processing power.

I'm not quite sure how AMD allocates shared memory for video memory use but games that don't need much GPU power also tend to be light on memory so I wouldn't worry about it unless a game gives you an error saying insufficient video memory.
#8
Yes it's definitely an APU but I was looking through the bios and have no idea about setting the allocation of memory
#9
kester76
Pretty sure you have a APU and not a CPU+GPU. You will probably find that some of your 8GB is nabbed by the APU. Have a look in your bios to see if you have a ratio to set the allocation of memory.


Yes it is an APU and it says installed physical memory 8gb available physical memory 3.62gb. Total virtual memory 9.20gb Available virtual memory 4.81gb which doesn't mean a lot to me ? Anything to do with my dedicated video ram ?
#10
bracet22
Anything to do with my dedicated video ram ?

Nope. Virtual memory is the swap file - the space on the hard drive allocated for stuff that's doesn't need to be in main memory right now or is too big to fit.

Available memory is just the memory not in active use right now.

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