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need 256mb but only 224mb available

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I have a 2007 Gateway mt6705 laptop computer. I installed the game Dragon Age Origins and then tried to play. The computer said that I do not have enough room for the video card to run the game. It needs 256mb. The computer has 256mb, but only has 224mb available. I have a 1g memory card and have a 2nd slot for another 1g card. Will this let me play the game?? If not what do I have to do to upgrade it?? Thanks for the help.
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The error means the graphics processor does not have enough system memory allocated to it.
The maximum you can allocate to the graphics processor on that laptop is 224MB.

The game requires a minimum of 256MB video memory, so you will not be able to run that game I'm afraid.
Even if you installed more RAM you would still only be able to allocate 224MB maximum to the graphics processor.
There is no way to overcome that limit.
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Endorsing what phillipcorcoran has said

Additionally to that, even if you could manage to get the game to run, the problem you would encounter as well is the processor.
Whilst to some extent ram is more important than processor speed that one you have is too slow to cope with that game.

  • Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Mobile Processor T2060 (1.60GHz | 533MHz FSB | 1MB L2 Cache)
  • Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Display: 15.4'' Widescreen Ultrabright™ WXGA TFT (1280x800)
  • Chipset: Intel® 943GML
  • Memory: 1024MB DDR2 Memory (2 x 512MB), 533MHz, Expandable to 2 GB, 2 DDR2 Slots (Total)
  • Video: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (Up to 224 MB of Shared Video Memory)
  • Audio: High-Definition Audio--2 Channel Built-in Speakers
  • Hard Drive: 120GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Optical Drive: 8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD±RW Optical Drive
  • 4-in-1 Digital Media Manager™:
    • Secure Digital™ (SD)
    • Multi Media Card™ (MMC)
    • Memory Stick™ (MS)
    • Memory Stick™ Pro
  • Communications:
    • 56K ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
    • 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
    • Integrated 802.11g Wireless LAN
  • Interfaces:
    • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
    • 1 IEEE1394 Port
    • 1 VGA Connector
    • 1 S-Video Connector
    • 1 Headphone/Audio Out
    • 1 Microphone
    • 1 kensington lock Slot
    • 1 AC Adapter Connector
  • Pointing Device: Synaptics Touchpad with Vertical Scroll
  • Expansion Slot: Type I or Type II PCMCIA Expansion Slot
  • Battery: 6-Cell 2400 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
See this for the games requirements

When you open the above you will see that you are actually on the MINIMUM ram for that game.
One way round the situation IF THE COMPUTER IS RUNNING VISTA is to install another stick of ram, which would be a good move anyway and then if you are using Vista run the game in XP mode.
HOWEVER there is no guarantee it will work

Edited by Macboatmaster, 05 April 2011 - 04:50 PM.

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