Now I know that the RAM on integrated cards is shared to the card from the system RAM (of which I have 3gig).
1.) which of the 3 memory sizes listed is the true memory usage of my card
2.) if its the dedicated memory (which i assume it is) is it possible to increase that number (i.e. dedicate more RAM to my card) to possibly 512 MB?
3.) am i just stuck with what i have and just deal with what i have till i can get the $$ together to cobble together a decent desktop.
Rest of my PC specs are as follows (again from dxdiag. copy/paste from there is faster than typing )
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (yes i know Vista = blah. trying to locate my Windows 7 update disk)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP G60 Notebook PC
BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.1
Processor: AMD Turion Dual-Core RM-75 (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 2814MB RAM
Page File: 1487MB used, 4376MB available (been told that this can be sometimes used as RAM if needed)
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
GeForce 8200M specs
3. With a laptop you're stuck with what you have.
2. The dedicated memory is what's on the actual 8200M chip.
1. Probably have 256MB of actual dedicated VRAM. Actual display memory will vary depending on what else you have going on in the laptop. (Try running DXDIAG while doing a virus scan and a few other things, for example).
1) your card has 1.4GB of max video memory, min is 241mb. The program(s) in use and their memory demands will dictate the amount of video memory.
2) your dedicated memory is 241mb, if you add more system memory you can help alleviate the 1151mb that is shared but i highly doubt it would improve performance. The 8200m is mostly for DVD video and basic MS office use.