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Windows 7: VGA card holding 3GB system memory - no option in bios to disable

04 Jun 2015   #11
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

There is nothing wrong with your PC. I have 32 GB of RAM and the same thing happens to me. My Graphics card has 4gb on board and when my system starts up 4gb is shadowed by the system ram so 8gb is available to the video card. After I have started a virtual machine that runs Windows 10 (either 32 bit with 3gb Ram or 64 bit with 8gb) the memory is allocated to the VM PC's. After a certain time with say 2 or 3 machines running the video card ram is released back to the system. You are not loosing any memory the operating system is using it, otherwise what would be the point of having the memory installed if the OS did not use it. You need to do something to use more memory and then the memory will be used. I have just run the X3 demo and my card HD 7770 2gb grabbed 4gb of system ram to play with.
Edit I am talking about 2 different systems ........


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05 Jun 2015   #12
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eiac View Post
Layback Bear I have already stated that there is NO maximum limit set in msconfig. This is one of the results google pumps out a thousand times. I've seen this fix before, if it was the problem I wouldn't be posting here. No need for that screenshot as it wont tell you anything useful.

Phenom II x4 840 AM3
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
6GB DDR3 1600 (dual ch. 2x2gb, dual ch. 2x1gb)
GTX750 1gb
Samsung 840 pro ssd.
Already answered that.
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05 Jun 2015   #13
Eiac

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
There is nothing wrong with your PC. I have 32 GB of RAM and the same thing happens to me. My Graphics card has 4gb on board and when my system starts up 4gb is shadowed by the system ram so 8gb is available to the video card. After I have started a virtual machine that runs Windows 10 (either 32 bit with 3gb Ram or 64 bit with 8gb) the memory is allocated to the VM PC's. After a certain time with say 2 or 3 machines running the video card ram is released back to the system. You are not loosing any memory the operating system is using it, otherwise what would be the point of having the memory installed if the OS did not use it. You need to do something to use more memory and then the memory will be used. I have just run the X3 demo and my card HD 7770 2gb grabbed 4gb of system ram to play with.
Edit I am talking about 2 different systems ........

Wrong. I am losing a tonne of performance.

I do alot of mukltitasking, often have a tonne of windows open. Since this issue appeared, I am frequently getting the error "Not enough memory to complete the operation" when doing something as benign as opening a new window in chrome.

When this happens, taskmgr shows 95%+ usage of a total of 3052MB memory. Nothing is removed from the video card.

Games are messy, total memory usage sits at well over 90% and never increases from 3GB.


There totally is a problem and this absolutely is not how the system should be performing. If I wasn't noticing a staggering decrease in performance I would not have made this thread
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05 Jun 2015   #14
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eiac View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eiac View Post
Layback Bear I have already stated that there is NO maximum limit set in msconfig. This is one of the results google pumps out a thousand times. I've seen this fix before, if it was the problem I wouldn't be posting here. No need for that screenshot as it wont tell you anything useful.

Phenom II x4 840 AM3
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
6GB DDR3 1600 (dual ch. 2x2gb, dual ch. 2x1gb)
GTX750 1gb
Samsung 840 pro ssd.
Already answered that.
Already answered what?
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05 Jun 2015   #15
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I asked the mem combo (which you answered), Boozad asked which slots they are installed at.
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05 Jun 2015   #16
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I've also asked for system specs to be updated twice which hasn't been done so I'll unsubscribe. I'm not jumping back and forth to check on specs when someone can't be bothered to answer a couple of questions, especially when they say that people who don't read threads properly really irritate them.
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05 Jun 2015   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Eiac Please don't keep telling us you have already posted something. We know what you post we can read.

You have to help us help you.
When I ask for a picture their is a reason.

Your video card only uses system ram when it runs out of the ram that the video card has built in.
Unless you have been doing some strange things with settings. That is the way it should work.

90% of the time I see a picture of Hardware Reserve as high as yours it is caused by:

1. Wrong ram
2. Wrong ram setting
3. Ram installed incorrectly.
4. Mismatched ram

Their was no reason to take so long for your system specs. Remember their are reason we ask for information. We can't look under the hood of your system if we don't know what system you have; and no we don't search through post looking for system specs. That is why we have My System Specs.

I'm also gone.
Have a nice day.
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05 Jun 2015   #18
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This will explaun what you are seeing in dxdiag,

Video Memory Virtualization - A Brief Guide
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05 Jun 2015   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Could you post a shot of your WEI showing the Graphics section, you have to click on View and print detailed performance and system information on the right hand side to bring it up then make a snip and post it.

Example


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