After editing this a few times I have Lots of questions. please try to answer them all. Thank You ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have a CQ61-411WM Laptop with 4 gigs of DDR2 Ram. The graphics chip is an ATI 4200 HD. This chip is 128 shared memory up to 1 gig. ( on win 7 64 bit) I also understand with shared memory the higher speed ram the better for gaming. My 4 gigs is 800 MHZ which i understand is not shabby at all. I have read that sometimes you can set the video ram in Bios and manually allocate a set amount of memory to be used for graphics processing. But I cant find a setting for that in this Bios. I understand that laptop bois's have very limited features that are accessible to the user by design.. HP doesn't want you mucking about in a laptop bios like you can a desktop unit. I have a 1 gig video card in my desktop and it rocks socks. I want to be sure I can fully use all the 1 gig of shared memory for video. If I cannot adjust this in Bios.. how can I be sure it's using it? Is there a software tool that will monitor this? Also, everyone says shared video ram is slower. Why is this? What makes it slower..? The speed seems good and I have had video cards that worked great for my desktop that had the same type and speed of ram as the main system ram.. so.. saying the shared memory is slow in that respect doesn't make since to me unless there are other factors I am not aware of. EDIT: Now I'm really confused. I used GPUZ and instead of the 128 dedicated memory my ATI 4200 HD should have, the tool reports I have 336 MB?.. what is going on here? I looked at DXDIAG.exe and it says Total Aprox Memory is 1986 MB <-- What is this number? Is this my total shared max memory number? Both of these are way above my specs info. My Specs --> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01980785&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_US... Don't forget, I added 2 gigs for a total of 4. Is it possible HP put a chip with more dedicated ram in this laptop or does something else account for these readings?