Hello! I own an ECS A535 laptop with 32 MB of video memory. I read somewhere that if you enter the BIOS you can change the memory size to
64 MB but I can't figure out how to enter the BIOS. Please help. Thanks!
The a535 BIOS does allow you to configure the amount of RAM assigned to video. I forget if 64 MB is an option (I seem to remember 8,16, and 32). This will effect the available/reported system RAM. FYI if you are looking to boost video performance, don't bother this will be negligible at best, and may cost you performance as you will lose system memory. These were nice little laptops, but video is decidedly a week point. If you can't get into the BIOS normally, try holding down a key while booting. You will probably get a keyboard error reported and have the option to enter setup from the error message.
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Re: ECS A535 Video Memory
You can only change the amount of video memory if your model has a videocard memory that can be dynamically changed. You're correct that it can be done, but only on specific models of notebooks. :) If you're not able to find it on the BIOS then your model might not be one of them.
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You maybe able to increase the video RAM in the BIOS setting. The on-board video card uses shared RAM, if you allocate more video RAM then the memory available to the computer/laptop will be reduced by the same amount of RAM, unless you install more RAM.
The portion of the ram you don't see is being allocated to the video card. That is typical in computers to share the ram between regular use and the video card itself. 64 is being shared. Sometimes in the bios you can change the shared about but sometimes you cant.
The original 2 sticks of 256 Mb of RAM gives you a total of 512
Mb of RAM. Two 512 Mb of RAM gives you a total of 1 Gb of RAM.
With two sticks of 512 Mb of RAM are you sure you got a total of 192 Mb of RAM, this is a lot less than the original RAM total of 512 Mb?
Should this be 1920 Mb of RAM?
If this 192 Mb is correct then the RAM modules are either not compatible with the laptop or if the RAM modules are not from the same manufacturer then they may not work together.
Most laptops have video cards that use part of the main RAM for video RAM, that is why the available RAM is less than the installed RAM modules. The amount of RAM the video card grabs depends upon the type of video card and in some cases the amount of video RAM can controlled in the BIOS setting.
This is done in the BIOS screen. Upon startup of the computer, press the key or key combination the screen tells you to in order to enter the BIOS. Somwhere in there there will be a selection for video memory that you can change. Thanks and please don't forget to give this solution a fixya rating. :c)
Hello! Did you try "www.ecs.com/tw."? The Balance a535 is actually manufactured by Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS). Go to their website and you can find downloads for their laptops. I hope this helps!
Hello! I have an ECS a535. My laptop has an Athlon 4 mobile processor with a 133mhz fsb. It comes with 128 MBs of DDR233, which is upgradable to 640 MB by adding a 512 MB module. It has a 40 GB hard drive, a DVD drive, 14.1 inch XGA screen and XP Home. The external ports include 4 USB ports, 1 parallel port, 1 S-video TV out, 1 VGA out, 1 microphone in and 1 headphone out. I don't know if you need all this info, but I'll let you have it anyway. Hope it helps!