my laptop cost me 400 dollars. i got it brand new from office depot like ~3 months ago
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL52 1GB RAM (4GB Max) 160GB (5400RPM) HDD DVD SuperMulti (+/-R Double Layer) 15.4” TruBrite™ TFT LCD Atheros® 802.11b/g ATI Radeon® X1200 128MB-319MB ExpressCard™ slot Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium
this is it right here
Toshiba Satellite A215-S4697
now the graphics card when I go into DXdiag is a Radeon X1200 listed with 318 MB of total graphics memory. This is one of those cards that has 128 MB of memory in it, and it steals the other 200 MB of memory from my RAM. thats why it has 318 MB total of graphics memory right now.
ive heard these cards that steal memory from ram work slower, but i dont notice any problems. this laptop plays counter strike : source like candy on max settings and thats what I am using it for. also using it for wc3
I bet it could play starcraft 2 as well It just needs more ram...
I am planning on buying 2 sticks of DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) 2GB ram to give this baby 4GB of RAM. price of that ram will be 160 dollars (free shipping)
Toshiba Satellite A215 Series Memory | Memory Giant
my questions is, once i put in the new ram am I going to have to go into the system and activate something so the graphics card takes the memory from the ram so it goes back to 318 MB graphics memory?
also, since im getting 4GB of ram, is there a way I can cause the graphics card to take MORE MEMORY from the ram, so instead of stealing 200 MB graphics memory i can make it steal more?