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Old 02-27-10, 11:26 PM   #18
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Default Re: Installed Ram Shows 4GB and it says 2.5GB are usable

Originally Posted by LydianKnight View Post
wrong :P

first point IS valid, integrated graphics solutions, regardless of the manufacturer, needs to take memory from system memory, but that memory is actually reserved (in a dynamic way, but still... reserved), not 'shared', a quick example could the Intel GMA 4500MHD in my previous computer (an HP Compaq CQ-60 laptop), which could use up to 17xxMB of system ram, my available memory was something like 2.45GB~2.95GB under Windows 7 x86.

(and I guess the same applies for NVIDIA and ATI with their 'shared' memory approach).
you are talking about totally different "issues"

integrated graphics actually use part portion of ram, how it uses depends on manufacture and how much you set it in bios (if there is option)

example server 2008 R2 64bit with onboard geforce 8200, takes about 130mb of ram

which is accurate,

if your statement would be true, i would be missing over 1.8gb (that included dedicated memory 128mb that is set in bios + shared memory)

problem with 32bit system is that it can only address 4gb of memory, total memory that includes ram, graphics memory.

again your problem was with 32bit OS
Windows 8 the next big failure, right after Windows ME
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