Toshiba Satellite A65 Series

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Emmanuel Debrosse, May 8, 2007.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I have a Satellite A65 series laptop computer with 256MB of ram
    pre-installed and I added 512MB to the available slot making for a total of
    768MB of ram. Now 64MB of ram is reserved of the integrated video card... Is
    there a way to adjust the reserved amount to 128MB instead of just 64MB for
    the integrated video card?


    Windows Vista Business
    60GB HDD
    704mb (System Memory) 64mb (Video Memory)

    Emmanuel Debrosse
    Irvington, New Jersey

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
    and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Emmanuel Debrosse, May 8, 2007
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  2. Emmanuel Debrosse

    PeeCee Guest


    You may find a setting to adjust the amount of RAM assigned to your Video
    card in the Bios of you laptop.
    Look onscreen at startup or in the laptops handbook for prompts like 'press
    F1/F10/Del/Esc to enter setup'

    However even if there is such an option I would not recommend it.
    The specified minimum for Vista is 512MB of RAM which your Laptop meets with
    704MB, but from my experience it is going to run rather slowly as it is and
    even slower with 64MB less (640MB)

    The A65 according to this review,1895,1726180,00.asp is not a good performer
    (most Celeron PC's aren't) and loading it up with Vista and compounding
    things by minimising the RAM is not going to be a 'speedy' experience.

    You don't say how your A65 ended up with Vista on it (Web specs show XP Home
    as the standard OS) but if it was sold to you new with Vista on I would take
    it back as being unsuitable for the task.
    If on the otherhand you have bought Vista and upgraded your XP Home, then I
    would seriously advise you to revert back to XP. With the extra 512MB of RAM
    and XP Home it will run reasonably well, certainly a much more useable
    machine that with Vista on it.

    PeeCee, May 9, 2007
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  3. wouldnt have been sold a Celly with Business on it...
    Christopher Syn, May 9, 2007
  4. Well I have a Pentium 4 inside with Hyper-threading technology and it came
    with Windows XP Home installed. I later upgraded it to XP Pro and lastly
    Windows Vista on May 1st.

    Now everything works just fine, but Windows Media player plays .mpeg files
    slowly/choppy thus the reason I wanted to increase video memory...

    Any ideas?!

    Emmanuel Debrosse
    Irvington, New Jersey

    "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
    and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Emmanuel Debrosse, May 9, 2007
  5. Emmanuel Debrosse

    PeeCee Guest

    Hi again Emmanuel.

    All the spec's I have found all say 64MB for the onboard Video card on the
    A65, so I don't hold out much hope of taking it to 128 not that I think it
    will improve matters.
    Don't forget mpeg's place a much bigger overhead on the CPU than straight
    Beside's the work of sending the video and audio to the video and sound card
    the CPU also has to decode the mpeg in the first place.

    It's not unusual for onboard graphics to have 'mediocre' performance.
    In these circumstances the only way to improve it is to replace the onboard
    graphics with a plug in card with better performance, not something you can
    do with a laptop (physically impossible) Desktop yes, Laptop no.

    I have found this from practical experience. Touted as the fastest onboard
    graphics chipset ever when they came out I built a PC using an Asus board
    with Nforce chipset and onboard video.
    Despite installing 1GB of RAM, the latest Drivers, fast CPU and Fast hard
    drives, playing mpeg movies was always jerky and stuttery on that PC until I
    put in a cheap ATI 9200 AGP card with 64MB of RAM.
    Instant fix. (note that is a full stop after Instant fix, it did really fix

    January 07 PC Plus Magazine had an interesting comparison of the performance
    of Vista/XP on the same hardware. The hardware (desktop) was quite
    reasonable and modern (Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, Nvidia 7600, etc)
    What was interesting was the huge difference in the graphics scores between
    XP and Vist running on the same hardware. (they had two identical hard
    drives, one with XP the other with Vista, so comparison was easy)
    Using Doom 3 as a bench mark XP had a fps of 78.7, Vista on the otherhand
    could only manage 24.7 fps.

    Ok as the PC Plus article readily admits it's early days for Vista drivers
    and they should improve over time.
    However your copy of Vista is using these early graphics drivers so a
    similar drop in graphics performance whould not be unexpected.

    Given the above I still feel that Vista on the A65 is expecting to much and
    a reversion to XP would give you a more tolerable performance.

    PeeCee, May 9, 2007
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