The following question is not hypothetical, it regards multiple pending sales my home business is making with the New Iberia Recreational Department (or, as we call it, NIRD, lol). Let's just say I want to take full advantage of a computer's hardware using Windows XP Pro. The system design in question is basically an exact clone of my "Main System" listed on my profile. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3, as shown here: http://www.giga-byte...?ProductID=2434
Let's say I leave out the ATI video card and use the on-board nVidia GeForce 6100. If I can find a way to allocate 512Mb system RAM to that onboard GPU, it SHOULD allocate from the RAM that Windows is not able to access, thus still leaving the expected 3.5Gb RAM for general use, correct? On the other hand, if integrating system RAM with the onboard GPU results in a uniform sampling of ALL the memory registers, not just the unused ones, is it possible that 32-bit Windows would subtract that 512MB from the 3.5GB it's supposedly able to access, leaving only 3GB RAM?
Yes, I shall step down from my high-horse of hardware expertise and ask my fellow geeks for help on this one; I'd try to be a "real" man and figure it out myself, but I have too much time, money, and notoriety riding on this deal, and I only have two more days to make these last-minute decisions about price cuts and the looming possibility of having to expose these poor saps to Vista Ultimate x64, which, in my opinion, has the potential of being the technological and psychological equivalent of a bad acid trip. Not good for a special government contract, if you catch my drift.
Edited by pyrocajun2707, 06 March 2008 - 03:43 PM.