Ati Radeon 9550 using system memory? 511mb shared system memory.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by GT, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. GT

    GT Guest

    P4 2.8ghz HT, 1.5gb, 160gb HD, Ati Radeon 9550 256mb AGP 8x

    In Personalize, display settings, advance settings it display that i have:

    Total Available Graphic Memory 767 MB,
    Dedicated Video Memory 256mb
    System Video Memory 0MB
    Shared System Memory 511mb

    Does every Video card use shared system Memory? I thought by buying 9550 it
    would not use my computer memory but in the dispaly setting, advance setting
    is showing Shared System Memory 511mb, is this normal on all video card. Any
    recommendation on video card that does not uses computers memory? How about
    Visiontek Ati Radeon X1300 512mb AGP 8x?
    http://www.visiontek.com/products/cards/retail/x1300_512agp.html
     
    GT, Mar 4, 2007
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  2. GT

    Peter Guest

    I have the same card and the figures are:
    319
    256
    0
    63 respectively.
    I have 4gb of RAM onboard which reports at 2920mb only and I assume that my
    video and TV-FM cards absorb the rest.
     
    Peter, Mar 4, 2007
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  3. GT

    GT Guest

    319
    256
    0
    63

    I had that also when i only have the display driver installed that was
    included on Window Vista and the one in Window Update. I installed Catalyst®
    7.2 Display Driver for Windows Vista (32 bit) and everything just change from:

    767 MB
    256mb
    0MB
    511mb

    Do you have the Catalyst 7.2 display driver for Windows Vista 32 bit
    installed or are you using the Display driver included on Window Vista or
    Window Update.
     
    GT, Mar 4, 2007
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  4. GT

    Peter Guest

    I'm using Vista's own...haven't bothered with 7.2 as I'm about to change my
    video card anyway to an ATI Radeon X1650 Pro in the nbext few weeks.
    I'm puzzled, are my figures worse than yours...I have no idea how this stuff
    works.
     
    Peter, Mar 4, 2007
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  5. GT

    GT Guest

    I just purchase Ati 9550 graphic card 2 days ago and thinking of returning in
    favor of X1050 or X1300 series. I have at least 30 days to return it from
    circuitcity.
     
    GT, Mar 4, 2007
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    Peter Guest

    I'm only changing it to get a higher rating in Vista which currently sits at
    3.1 plus the better performance anyway.
    9550's are quite good despite all.
     
    Peter, Mar 4, 2007
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  7. GT

    GT Guest

    are you getting any performance issue warning on the advanced tools?
     
    GT, Mar 4, 2007
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  8. GT

    GT Guest

    Ati 9550 work great but advanced tools is warning me about performance migh
    slow down computer and performance event viewer log is showing that Desktop
    Window Manager is experiencing heavy resource contention. reason: Graphic
    subsystem resources are over-utilized.
     
    GT, Mar 4, 2007
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  9. GT

    Peter Guest

    Sorry, you've lost me...advanced tools, where? Just installed Catalyst 7.2
    and my figures are now:
    1459
    256
    0
    1203
     
    Peter, Mar 4, 2007
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  10. GT

    Peter Guest

    Just realised what you meant by Advanced Tools...look exactly where?

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    Peter
    Toronto, Canada
    XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate fully updated
    P4 D865GBFL HT @ 3.0ghz 4.0gb DDR 700gb HD
    ATI Radeon 9550 Graphics
    Creative Soundblaster Audigy 4 Audio
     
    Peter, Mar 5, 2007
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    GT Guest

    go to Windows Experience Index , look at tasks on left side of your screen
    and you should see Advanced Tools in the bottom. Select Advance tools and
    check Performance issues. are you getting any warning icon with a message?
     
    GT, Mar 5, 2007
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    Peter Guest

    Lots of warnings both yellow and red...but all to do with shutdown and boot
    up issues, which are to be expected in my triple boot situation.
    I couldn't find any for the video card.
     
    Peter, Mar 5, 2007
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