Basically , i have 2gb of ram at the moment in my laptop. 1gb is being taken by my video card which is a Nvidia 8400m. So that leaves only 1gb left for applications. So will a upgrade of 1gb ram make alot of difference ? i frequently play world of warcraft and have web browsers open etc, so will it make a difference.
Just add (assuming it's Vista) that you can put the CPU/RAM gadget on the sidebar and see at a glance how much RAM is in use. If it's getting toward the 70/80% mark when running tasks then yes, you may need more.
Hi It is quite common for video cards in laptops to share ram with the main ram sticks. in fact it doesn't share at all it just uses a chunk of system ram for its needs to improve graphics performance on the cheap. Turbocache (Nvidia) and HyperMemory (ATI) are 2 such systems. The whole thing is controlled from CMOS, sometimes u can adjust the amount shared, or not! also shared RAM is not reported to windows so if there is a missing chunk of sysytem RAM it will be the shared RAM. adding more System RAM will speed thing s up as it will in most systems. 1Gb sounds a lot to share so maybe u should look in the CMOS settings to see if u can adjust it down.
Don't know quite where you are up to with this but if I click right click a blank spot on the desktop and choose "personalise" and "Display setting" and "advanced" my graphics card (NVidia 6100) shows Total available graphics 830mb Dedicated 128mb System memory 0 Shared 702mb
So I don't quite understand what that means ! I also have 2GB of RAM of which 63% is currently "free", so 702mb can't currently be in use as the whole PC is only showing as using 37% or so currently.
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