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Old 02-10-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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Increase VRAM in intel gma 950 ?

And before you say it, I know that the Intel GMA 950 should dynamically allocate memory when it is needed, but I have a feeling it doesn't do it.

When I enter my BIOS there is a section for specifying how much memory the video card should take but it's grayed out and reads 8 MB. I can't change it. Why would it be there if it could not be changed ? Can I somehow unlock it ?

My guess is that this specifies the minimum memory the card should take i.e. should never go below that even if it's not using it, right ? The reason I want to increase this amount is because I keep getting a "BadAlloc (insufficient resources)" error with some applications, but only when i'm running xcompmgr in the backround. I don't know why it would run out of resources if the card can take up to 64MB of RAM. Surely xcompmgr isn't using up that much ? Could it just be the problem of it somehow not being able to go above those 8 MB ?

I know this isn't linux specific, but Linuxquestions has always helped me in the past. You guys have always helped me, and I'm asking for your help once more

BTW, I run Arch Linux on an MSI laptop.
Old 03-03-2008, 07:14 AM   #2
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Is the motherboard of laptop custom-made?
Old 05-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #3
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you need to install a package that is called 915resolution. With this tool you can set the resolution and the number of bits per pixel. 915resolution will then reserve the memory needed for your settings.

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