The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 10:27am
Can't allocate more RAM?
So, when I first got Skyrim it ran slow in certain areas (mainly indoors with lots of clutter) and it got kind of annoying. Well, after Christmas, I bought myself some more RAM to let Skyrim run with more. After I got the RAM, I checked to see how much RAM Skyrim is running off of... Less than a gig was used in the task manager performance area... It went from 2.46gb while running it, to like 1.8gb while not... I have 8gb... So then I found a thing to where I use CFF Explorer and make a backup of my .exe, then I use CFF and tell it to run Skyrim with more than 2gb RAM, and it didn't work... So does anyone know of a fix for this or if I'm doing something wrong?

My system specs don't exactly meet the requirements in some areas like my processor is an Intel(R) Pentim(R) CPU B950 @ 2.10GHz 2.10 GHz. If I use DXDIAG, it tells me my video memory is at like 1868, which I'm hoping that's my Video RAM in megabytes... So, does anyone know what I need to do?
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!ce.Cream<3 Jan 9, 2013 @ 10:32am 
You don't need to fix anything with CFF since Bethesda made Skyrim use more than 2GB itself. And yes, this would be the amount in MB. The memory of your graphic card + some shared memory from your RAM.
Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 10:34am 
Okay so it's running on 2gb RAM, when I have 8gb... It's not running more... Could it be that I have to do something since I just replaced my RAM with the 8gb, so do I have to let it know I have more RAM?
!ce.Cream<3 Jan 9, 2013 @ 10:41am 
Have a look in the Task Manager under processes. At the bottom you see "Physical memory" - is it at about 8192 in total? Are you running an 64bit OS? (Just to make sure)

And well, maybe Skyrim doesn't need any more ram. Having more RAM isn't allways all you have to do to make a game run smoother.
Which versions of Windows are you running? 32-bit or 64-bit? 32-bit is limited to 4 GB of RAM
Last edited by ShocksOculus #VR-CLUB; Jan 9, 2013 @ 11:10am
Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm 
I am running on a 64 bit machine, Windows 7 Ultimate, and as for my physical memory, if I go to task manager and go to performance, under physical memory, it has 8106. My V-RAM has 1606, and ya... And if more RAM won't make the game run smoother, what will? It's only in areas with lot's of clutter, and or waterfalls (Ragged Flagon and Cistern). So outside it's fine, but inside Lakeview manor, not so much... Any suggestions?
Vampyrerotica Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:09pm 
Your processor lacks power. I would also like to know what model video card you have if possible please.
!ce.Cream<3 Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:09pm 
Well, it's all the components working together in your PC to get good performance. If your graphic card sucks, you processor and RAM won't make up and vice versa. I got a 4 core CPU with a higher speed and can't play at max. Since you got 2 cores and less speed, well... and what graphics card do you have?
Last edited by !ce.Cream<3; Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:09pm
BoPacker Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:12pm 
The game will only use as much RAM as it needs. Your problem was probably not RAM to begin with, but insufficient graphics processing. It's probably not your processor either, btw. While your processor may be weak by the modern 8-core standard, it is plenty sufficient for games like Skyrim that depend, almost wholely, on graphics power.
Last edited by BoPacker; Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:16pm
Crix Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:22pm 
Are you running a dedicated video card or integrated video card. That would make a tremendous amount of difference in performance not so much your system memory.

You can find low end GPU's that will even out perform integrated video cards for cheap. IC also are considered to be ram hoggs because it does sometimes use system RAM. Dedicated video is better because you have better algorithms/smoother overall performance. The only advantage to an integrated card is the cost.
Blackheart6004 Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:24pm 
When all fails, check here -

This site helps you to see if yous computer is able to run a certain game, even if you don't meet the requirements.
Last edited by Blackheart6004; Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:28pm
Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:28pm 
Well, I knew I'd always have a problem with lag but I figured more RAM might help it slightly, but my graphics card is Integrated Intel Graphics... I'm on a laptop so I can't change that... I was just hoping that if I got more RAM it would help with speed a little bit but, I guess not...
Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:36pm 
So I checked that site, I have all of the requirements except for dedicated video RAM... My shader stuff is all good, sound is good, my processor is good for the minimum, but my V-RAM doesn't... On both the max and the minimum, I am lacking the video ram, but my processor isn't quite enough for the max, which would be fine if I had enough V-RAM...
Haggis Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:37pm 
Okay, this is weird... I went and tested Oblivion, it tells me I have 1.7gb of Video RAM, but on Skyrim I only have 64mb... What does that mean?

Okay, Oblivion has it as Video RAM, Skyrim says DEDICATED Video RAM...
Last edited by Haggis; Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:39pm
Blackheart6004 Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:42pm 
Then I suggest you should start upgrading your video card and processor to achieve performance for Skyrim.
J3X Jan 9, 2013 @ 12:43pm 
Memory isn't everything that can measure graphic cards. Numbers of processors, speed and how 'good' they are are an even greater factor.
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Date Posted: Jan 9, 2013 @ 10:27am
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