MacBook Only Allocating 10MB RAM to Graphics?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dylan, May 30, 2006.

  1. dylan macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    I just tried Battle for Middle-Earth and it set everything to the lowest settings so i decided to take a look at the drivers and this is what i found:

    Is this normal? It would definatly explain the poor performance. Any idea how to fix it if it is indeed wrong?
  2. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Notice the maximum and minimum? Memory in use means just that, how much memory is being used at the moment, not how much is allocated or available.

    If it is using only 10Mb of memory that means that is how much it needs with the current graphics load. If you are getting poor performance it is most likely do to the slow graphics processor, not the low ram usage.
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    Unistall the drivers and re-install them.

    10mb is very very low.

    Is that information in a .cfg file in BME2 folder or is that info from dxdiag ??

    If it's a config file it could be edited.

    If it's in direct X it's just means that you are using 10mb when doing normal stuff - running windows.. The fact that it says 128mb is interesting though?

    Very weird stuff indeed...
  4. dylan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    I just realized that and was coming back to edit. :p

    But shouldn't Battle for Middle-Earth 2 work with higher than the absolute lowest settings? Even with the current settings it still stutters...

    Also Return of the King would not even install. It said there wasn't enough graphics memory or something...

    I wasn't expecting it to run great but this is just terrible. I'll have to see how it does with 2 gigs of ram once i get some money.
  5. dylan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    I got the info from the Intel Graphics Drivers while the game was running. I just clicked the information button. I guess it's not the best conditions for a test like that considering the game is in the background

    The 128MB perked my interest too. I thought Apple set the max at 64.

    Does anyone know how I can change the direct3D settings? The only options I can see are for opengl. I remember my old Radeon 9500 having both.
    Doesn't the GMA 945? Is the game running in OpenGL?

    This is all so confusing. I just want to get this game running smoothly.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Apple set the max at 64MB for OSX, if Windows is indeed able to allocate 128MB to the GMA950 then the MacBook should rank as "Windows Vista Premium Ready" for those who are so inclined. Apple could also bump up the available RAM if it sees fit for OSX at a later date.
  7. dylan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    Makes sense. I thought it was OS independent like it is on PC's, where you set it in the bios.
  8. okwhatev macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2005
    I can confirm that Windows' VRAM default is set to 128MB of VRAM on my 2GB Macbook. In MacOS, the minimum remains at 64MB. Very interesting.
  9. jdurston macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2004
    Waterloo, Canada
    In OS X is it always 64MB or is 64 the min, max, or mean. I thought I read somewhere on Intel's page that the 950 graphics could use 200+MB for VRAM.:D

    I hope Apple didn't cripple the MacBook by imposing an artificial max.:mad:
  10. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    This seems to be the case. The silver lining is that this could probably be fixed with a driver or firmware revision on Apple's part. Maybe if enough people push them on the issue they'll "up" the available VRAM.
  11. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    something gives me the feeling apple will never raise the ceiling for the vram. but stranger things have happened. just a feeling. maybe a 3rd party company will.
  12. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    It will run Vista, but the GMA 950 is not powerful enough to run Vista with Aero Glass. The GMA 965, which will be released with conroe, will fully support Aero Glass, however.

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