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21-Oct-2011, 07:39 PM #1
Aero confusion
Hi, I installed the drivers for my graphics card and now all of a sudden can run Aero perfectly on a 64mb graphics card. Here are some more specific details on the card from Speccy:

Name Generic PnP Monitor on ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
Current Resolution 1152x864 pixels
Work Resolution 1152x824 pixels
State enabled, primary, output devices support
Monitor Width 1152
Monitor Height 864
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 Series
GPU RC410
Device ID 1002-5A61
Subvendor HP (103C)
Current Performance Level Level 1
DirectX Support 9.0
DirectX Shader Model 2.0
OpenGL Support 2.0
Bios Core Clock 300.00
Bios Mem Clock 266.00
Driver atiumdag.dll
Driver version 8.14.10.0647
ROPs 2
Shaders Vertex 2/Pixel 2

How does this work, the minimum is meant to be 128mb????

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22-Oct-2011, 01:00 AM #2
More than likely it is using shared system memory.
Most onboard graphics can share the system memory,
at least a small amount.
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22-Oct-2011, 01:07 AM #3
As leroy said, it's probably using shared system memory.
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22-Oct-2011, 07:15 AM #4
Hi thanks, but what is shared system memory? Is that using the RAM or something?
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22-Oct-2011, 09:23 AM #5
Your "Computer Specifications" is showing 959 MB of RAM, so I'm guessing your computer actually has 1024 MB(1 GB) of RAM.

If that's the case, 65 MB of it is being used by the on-board ATI integrated graphics.

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22-Oct-2011, 11:25 AM #6
Yes it uses ram.
Sharing the memory installed on the motherboard.
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22-Oct-2011, 11:44 AM #7
Okay, thanks for your help. How would I reduce or increase shared memory on Win7?
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22-Oct-2011, 12:00 PM #8
Is your computer a desktop or a laptop/notebook?

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22-Oct-2011, 01:05 PM #9
Its a desktop
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22-Oct-2011, 08:11 PM #10
Upgrading to a video card that has its own dedicated video memory is what you need to do.

You also need to add another 1024 MB(1 GB) of RAM because Windows 7 needs 2048 MB(2 GB) or more to run properly.

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22-Oct-2011, 08:20 PM #11
Hi, the only problem with that is that the max is 2gb and one of the RAM slots is broken believe me, i would upgrade if i could! haha
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22-Oct-2011, 08:51 PM #12
Ouch! I think I remember now you mentioning that in another thread.

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23-Oct-2011, 07:54 AM #13
Yeah I did, I thought it was just faulty ram at first but even the good stick didn't work in the second slot.

I might build a new one soon anyway. Where would be the best place for parts?

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23-Oct-2011, 08:02 AM #14
I'm the wrong person to ask. I've never built a desktop from scratch. On the rare occasion that I do buy a desktop, I custom order it.

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23-Oct-2011, 08:08 AM #15
Really? You seem to know a lot of computers, I'm surprised you've never built one before.
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