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    intel HD grafics 4000 force dedicated

    hello, I didn't know where I had to put this post....
    (Im using a mac mini 2011 with 8gb RAM so 512mb VRAM)

    so the problem is my graphics card uses the integrated VRAM while the dedicated is larger (particularly for minecraft ftb who it doesnt recognizes as a game).

    so does anyone know how to force it to use your dedicated VRAM (maybe expanding that also)

    I've searched all over the net so this is my last call, please help

    -big.


    EDIT: intel HD grafics 3000 video card
    Last edited by bigbommalaw; 06-15-2013 at 02:27 AM.

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    VRAM and RAM have entirely different purposes, and are contained within completely separate parts of your system, that is if they are indeed separate. For most graphics cards, the RAM is contained within the card itself, but on some lower end laptops, it will be shared. Yours apparently uses the pre-installed VRAM, as with most systems. To my knowledge, there's no way to share between the two, and my only suggestion would be to purchase a better graphics card, as 512mb seems to not meet your needs. I'd also advise against expanding your RAM as 8GB is more than sufficient for even the highest quality games, and larger quantities would only be needed for intensive rendering/video editing, which relies on heavy amounts of memory, but not visual as in GFX cards.
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    well thank you for responding

    but the dedicated VRAM is a part of the RAM that the videocard uses (so I actually have only 7,5 GB RAM) but my question was how to force an application to use the dedicated VRAM in stead of integrated VRAM on the videocard itself (wich is way smaller).

    -big.

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    ​It seems you worded it a little confusingly. How much dedicated graphics memory do you have?
    When the earth is changed into a humid dungeon,
    In which Hope like a bat
    Goes beating the walls with her timid wings
    And knocking her head against the rotten ceiling;
    When the rain stretching out its endless train
    Imitates the bars of a vast prison
    And a silent horde of loathsome spiders
    Comes to spin their webs in the depths of our brains,
    All at once the bells leap with rage
    And hurl a frightful roar at heaven,
    Even as wandering spirits with no country
    Burst into a stubborn, whimpering cry.
    — And without drums or music, long hearses
    Pass by slowly in my soul; Hope, vanquished,
    Weeps, and atrocious, despotic Anguish
    On my bowed skull plants her black flag.

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    512mb

    -big

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbommalaw View Post
    512mb

    -big
    The problem lies in that you don't actually have a graphics card, Intel 4000 Graphics is actually integrated into your processor. I got confused because you're using the wrong terms. You're already using all of your dedicated VRAM, what you want to do is allocate more RAM specifically to Graphics, as you have quite a lot to spare. This can be easily be done in Windows BIOS, though you're running Mac.
    When the earth is changed into a humid dungeon,
    In which Hope like a bat
    Goes beating the walls with her timid wings
    And knocking her head against the rotten ceiling;
    When the rain stretching out its endless train
    Imitates the bars of a vast prison
    And a silent horde of loathsome spiders
    Comes to spin their webs in the depths of our brains,
    All at once the bells leap with rage
    And hurl a frightful roar at heaven,
    Even as wandering spirits with no country
    Burst into a stubborn, whimpering cry.
    — And without drums or music, long hearses
    Pass by slowly in my soul; Hope, vanquished,
    Weeps, and atrocious, despotic Anguish
    On my bowed skull plants her black flag.

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    yeah I know if I had this problem with windows I could easily find tons of video how to's

    so what do you suggest that I can do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbommalaw View Post
    yeah I know if I had this problem with windows I could easily find tons of video how to's
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbommalaw View Post

    so what do you suggest that I can do?

    Nevermind, I'd advise against it for average users.
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    When the earth is changed into a humid dungeon,
    In which Hope like a bat
    Goes beating the walls with her timid wings
    And knocking her head against the rotten ceiling;
    When the rain stretching out its endless train
    Imitates the bars of a vast prison
    And a silent horde of loathsome spiders
    Comes to spin their webs in the depths of our brains,
    All at once the bells leap with rage
    And hurl a frightful roar at heaven,
    Even as wandering spirits with no country
    Burst into a stubborn, whimpering cry.
    — And without drums or music, long hearses
    Pass by slowly in my soul; Hope, vanquished,
    Weeps, and atrocious, despotic Anguish
    On my bowed skull plants her black flag.

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    yeah but actualy Im not on my mac mini right now its Im with my father now
    so I will get on this when Im on it

    ---------- Post added at 09:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:41 AM ----------

    so what should I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbommalaw View Post
    yeah but actualy Im not on my mac mini right now its Im with my father now
    so I will get on this when Im on it

    ---------- Post added at 09:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:41 AM ----------

    so what should I do?
    I was going to say that you could use Open Firmware, but it's pretty complicated, and has the possibility of screwing your computer up.
    When the earth is changed into a humid dungeon,
    In which Hope like a bat
    Goes beating the walls with her timid wings
    And knocking her head against the rotten ceiling;
    When the rain stretching out its endless train
    Imitates the bars of a vast prison
    And a silent horde of loathsome spiders
    Comes to spin their webs in the depths of our brains,
    All at once the bells leap with rage
    And hurl a frightful roar at heaven,
    Even as wandering spirits with no country
    Burst into a stubborn, whimpering cry.
    — And without drums or music, long hearses
    Pass by slowly in my soul; Hope, vanquished,
    Weeps, and atrocious, despotic Anguish
    On my bowed skull plants her black flag.

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    yeah Im pretty good at screwing up

    so any other options (but I also have to update the firmware (normally with a system update it would be done but you never know.)

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