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Is it possible to assign memory to my Toshiba Satellite L35 for video? I mean Id like to do it for adding at least 512 Mb from 2 Gb total  I searched in BIOS but I didnt find options for it.  
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No, you can't.

The L35's ATI Radeon X200M 64MB-128MB has dynamically allocated shared graphics memory it uses ATIs proprietary HyperMemory to allocate RAM use dynamically but the base memory window is 64MB and the maximum 128.  This can't be adjusted - no matter how much system RAM you add.

Although the card is fully DirectX 9 compliant, if software is programmed to check for compatability with your graphics system before launching it will only see 64MB.

This is a limitation of the hardware - there isn't a workaround.
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MasterQuad, thanks for your explanation,  it got me worried because I hoped increase till 512 Mb, so I'll have to buy one model with better performance.

Do I have to ask another question to get response about what model would adjust my needings?
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>>Do I have to ask another question to get response about what model would adjust my needings?

Probably not but once a question is closed you're unlikely to get any additional contributors - so you're stuck with me!
What do you need your graphics to be able to do?
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Well I prefer Toshiba Model because its performance is very good, what I need is that the model would be adjusted just adding additional memory, I mean the same is done in a laptop when is gotten a new graphical card, for example Geforce,  the prize of machine not being so expensive and of course the same for card
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Most graphics cards on laptops work the same way as your L35. The memory range may be slightly larger but because the card is part of the system board it is a compromise.
If you want larger dedicated graphics memory you might look at modular graphics cards or "gaming" laptops.

Integrated cards work for the bulk of applications though. Although you've said you want to be able to add extra memory and have this used by your graphics system what applications would you use this for?
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I'll use for processing built-video in Sketchup, for example, even thought I know it could be easier joining several computers as is done in Linux depending of  amount for processing
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Again it will depend how much you push SketchUp but it won't like the L35

If you are a fan of Toshiba maybe the Satellite X205 or even Portege S100 - and if you are going to do intensive graphics work on there look at a 1GB card instead of trhe 512MB normally supplied.
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MasquerAid:

Your advice was interesting and helped me to take a decision about what I was asking for

Thanks
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You're welcome :)
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