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24 Jul 2010   #11
Arc

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So is a dedicated GPU may be the solution ?


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24 Jul 2010   #12
whs
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So is a dedicated GPU may be the solution ?
That is a possibility since he has 1Gb of address space to play with.
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24 Jul 2010   #13
ritesh

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Go to Resource Monitor > Memory tab and look at the color bar. That will tell you how much is system reserved (the leftmost grey area). Once we know that, we can explore for what it is used.
Here, I took a snap shot.


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24 Jul 2010   #14
whs
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There you have it. 714MBs are hardware reserved. What is your graphics facility. If you don't know, type msinfo32 into the start/search and hit Enter. Then go to Components > Display. That should tell you.
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24 Jul 2010   #15
ritesh

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There you have it. 714MBs are hardware reserved. What is your graphics facility. If you don't know, type msinfo32 into the start/search and hit Enter. Then go to Components > Display. That should tell you.
I don't know, but I took a snap shot.


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24 Jul 2010   #16
whs
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OK, that is an on-board graphic that uses your RAM since it has no own memory. There is little you can do about it since you seem to have an Acer laptop. In a desktop you could use a dedicated graphics card with own memory. But in a laptop that is not possible.
You could upgrade your RAM to 4GBs - then you would end up with about 3.2GBs useable.
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24 Jul 2010   #17
ritesh

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OK, that is an on-board graphic that uses your RAM since it has no own memory. There is little you can do about it since you seem to have an Acer laptop. In a desktop you could use a dedicated graphics card with own memory. But in a laptop that is not possible.
You could upgrade your RAM to 4GBs - then you would end up with about 3.2GBs useable.

Ok, I don't want to upgrade because I already did from 1Gb to 3Gb.

Anyway, is 2.30GB enough for my laptop to go fast and play games?
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24 Jul 2010   #18
Solarstarshines

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2.30 gb is fast enough but more ram will give better performance obviously but windows uses so much ram and the other components take the rest so most likly the rest of your memory is used to transfer and communicate faster to other devices

im running 8 gigs of ram but usable to the system itself is like 6.58 my vid card is a gigabyte so ther for the other gig went to my card the other ram went to hdd cpu ect nothing to worry about you will still see perfomance even though it doesn't say 3 gigs usable
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24 Jul 2010   #19
stormy13
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Anyway, is 2.30GB enough for my laptop go fast and play games?
Only if the game is solitaire. Despite the roses and sunshine Intel likes to spread around, the new CPU's with the integrated graphics (that is integrated into the cpu, not the motherboard) aren't very good. You laptop has the i3 330M and this is how well the integrated graphics does,

Notebookcheck: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD

The sad reality is that if you want to play games on a computer you either spend a small fortune on a laptop that actually has a decent graphics card in it to begin with (and that rules out anything with Intel graphics), or you get a desktop.
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24 Jul 2010   #20
whs
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I can only comfirm what was already said. For games, you have to get used to Hearts and alike. Anything that needs a decent graphics support is out. For that you really would need a desktop in the $800 to $1000 range.
Your laptop is good though for surfing the net and office applications as well as the usual stuff one does outside gaming.
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