Hi folks, I just installed a gforce 8500gt card with 512mb on board memory. I have a dell dimension 8400 with 3gig ram installed. Since the card went in my available ram is showing 2.25gig when I check it in my computer properties (showed 3gig before)Does the gforce "take" system memory? I can't find the answer anywhere on line. In bios the installed memory is showing 3 gig (2x1gig + 2x512mb) all availablE ,and when I boot the pc a gforce flash appears before the dell boot/setup screen appears. Any help appreciated.
32 bit windows systems will only recognise up to 3Gb of memory installed on a PC and this includes graphics memory and all other memory on the PC, so it looks as if your PC has subtracted the 512mb of the card from your 3Gb of RAM giving you the figure of 2.25Gb.