I didn't make it!
Heres my problem: I have Acer Aspire 3003WLci AMD Mobile Sempron 3000+ (1.8GHz) 15.4 WXGA Crystalbrite screen 640MB PC2700 RAM 80GB 4200rpm HD, DVD+/-RW/CD-RW combo drive, 128mb integrated vid I have my video ram set on 64mb, and that supprisingly got me 72 fps constant in cs 1.6, with low settings. Thinking I could easily get 100fps, I went into my bios and changed my video ram to 128mb. I started up counterstrike, source, and all of my other games, but no improvement, just less ram for my comp =(. Any suggestions? I also though buying more ram would let me get the most out of my GPU. So, my vram is set to 128mb, and I'm left with 640 regular ram. I guess i can play on 64mb, but I would like it if I got the most out of my card and maybe it can handle CS:S. Thanks again -Geoff Rowley
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
*Moved to tech discussion*
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
my suggestion, get a video card....
but if you MUST use onboard, im guessing sticking with what you had, i bet the onboard GPU isnt powerful enough to use that extra RAM
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
If you want good gaming, but a real video card. integrated graphics are the worst kind you can have.
2nd September 2004
I also though buying more ram would let me get the most out of my GPU
Problem is : Your "GPU" is a farce. Integrated graphics are not made to play games seriously, to have good FPS I would suggest you to buy a real video card, fast. Go in this thread : http://forums.filefront.com/showthread.php?t=205862 And get an idea of what card you need, if you want to play CS:S and do not have much budget you should consifer a medium performance card. THey are quite cheap and will give you plenty of power.
...burning angel wings to dust
14th February 2004
I'm correct in noting that this is a laptop, yes? The pretty much leaves you SOL for putting in a proper video card. What you're seeing with decreasing system RAM is a symptom of how manufacturers attempt to keep costs down with integrated video: it doesn't have it's own dedicated VRAM like a standalone card would, instead relying on system RAM. But when you up the amount of memory dedicated to video use, you lose out on system memory. Some newer notebooks actually have upgradeable, semi-standalone graphics modules, but I don't think yours would. So there isn't much you can do about it, other than getting a new machine. Laptops are less than desireable for gaming anyway, IMNSHO.
Waffle-Sprocket is broke
24th November 2003
You can buy RAM for laptops cheap enough though which means you would be able to leave more for graphics.
21st February 2005
You can also just get a PC for the gaming if you want really good graphics or just get a new laptop that comes with a nvidia 6600-6800 go or a ATI mobile.