video card settings

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i have a few questions about video card:

1. Is there a way to know how much vram the pc is currently using?

2. Is there a way to set how much vram you want?(Ex. if you have 128 mb, for some reason you might want the pc to use only 64mb)
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why would you want to use the system memory instead of the memory built into the video card? What type/manufacturer is the video card?
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Is this an on-board video card that uses system memory?

Actual plug-in (AGP or PCI) graphics cards have their own dedicated memory. They do not use the system memory, and the amount they use is not variable. They have a fixed maximum amount, and they'll use what they need.

If you have 256Meg of system ram, and a 256Meg video card (a separate card, not on-board), you can't shift 128Meg of that video ram over to your system, and have more ram in your system - but then, if you can afford a 256Meg video card, you can afford to buy a gig of ram for your box ;)
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one more question
for example, if a game requires a minimum of 192 MB system ram and 64 vram, can't the game makers provide an alternative system requirement of 128 mb for the system memory and 128 vram???
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Nope, because it doesn't work that way. Video can't perform all the functions that an x86 based processor can, and vice versa.

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