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hey all, on photoshop CC it wont let me use the 3d feature (requires minimum 512mb VRAM) which i have. It says i only have 468mb usable vram. It never used to do this.

on activity monitor it shows this: http://i40.tinypic.com/s6otxz.png

is there anyway to get these numbers lower? what do they actually mean? they seem pretty high

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...on activity monitor it shows this:
Sorry...that Activity Monitor photo doesn't have anything to do with vram.

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oh hahaha sorry im clueless which bit of the activity monitor shows vram usage?
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To the best of my knowledge Activity Monitor does not display any info regarding vram.

Questions for you:

- What computer do you have?
- How much vram does it have?
- What sort of monitor setup do you have (resolution of monitor(s)...and are you running multiple monitors)?

Larger & multiple monitors will reduce the amount of available vram for application use.

Here's a pretty interesting article explaining vram on Macintosh computers:

Does your Mac graphics card have enough video memory? | conradchavez.com | blog

Take notice that the article mentions that if you install an application called "iStat" (an application that we regularly recommend folks install looking for computer temperature info)...it will display GPU usage info.

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To the best of my knowledge Activity Monitor does not display any info regarding vram.

Questions for you:

- What computer do you have?
- How much vram does it have?
- What sort of monitor setup do you have (resolution of monitor(s)...and are you running multiple monitors)?

Larger & multiple monitors will reduce the amount of available vram for application use.

Here's a pretty interesting article explaining vram on Macintosh computers:

Does your Mac graphics card have enough video memory? | conradchavez.com | blog

Take notice that the article mentions that if you install an application called "iStat" (an application that we regularly recommend folks install looking for computer temperature info)...it will display GPU usage info.

HTH,

- Nick
Hey, right erm i have a 2012 macbook pro 15inch
it has 512MB vram of NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
and it has 384MB vram of Intel HD Graphics 4000 (built in)

the resolution is 1440 x 900

i dont have any other monitors connected, its just the macbook screen.

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Sounds like Photoshop needs at least 512mb of usable vram whereas your total amount is only 512mb. Seeing as how the computer needs some of that just to display the OS on the screen, it sounds like you might just be out of luck There's no way to have your computer up and running without using a shred of vram, at least not to my knowledge.
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