So I'm using the Lenovo Ideapad v570 laptop with the driver version (22.214.171.12475), presumably the latest and "greatest" for the Intel(R) HD 3000 graphics set. I am a gamer and purchased this laptop not knowing how much of a pain it is to even attempt running any sort of "new" game with, and this is a broad definition of new, including games from years ago. I have searched for months for a solution to the "dedicated memory" problem that has apparently been around for a year and intel has neglected to even attempt a fix for, as it would seem. Recently I gave up on that, assuming that there was just nowhere to go.
Then, today, I found that when I play games, my graphics card seems to not "allocate as much memory as needed by the programs running", the fabled tag line of this card's defenders. My max is around 1.6GB of memory, yet while playing Planetside 2, it seems to only be taking around 250MB from my RAM. I ramped it up from lowest graphics (Which i get 15 fps sometimes at, by the way), to highest, and "what?", it pulled maybe 10mb more. while my fps dropped to 6 in the most quiet of places, staring at a wall. I thought to myself "Oh, well this can't be so! It must be a fluke caused by PS2's poor optimization". So I tried it on another game, by a completely different company, Ghost Recon Online. Lo and behold, same thing, just about.
I had long thought that the games had been scanning only for the dedicated graphics memory, but apparently my graphics card just isn't seeing the need to allocate much more memory to the graphics card than it is. By the way, the v570 has 6 gigs of ram, and only 4 are used at any one time while I'm playing a game, so it should have no trouble taking any of that spare 2 gigs, 1.6 of which it should be readily gobbling up, as per what has been said over and over to be the function of this graphics card.
Now see the thing is, It's not like these programs don't need that much video memory. These are (graphically) high intensity programs that my computer isn't running at anything above 15 fps because my intel chip isn't doing what it should.
So my question to everyone who reads this is as follows:
What can I do to make this graphics card use all 1.69GB of the graphics memory it should be using.
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