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I tried searching and googling, but I could not figure out how to figure out the specs on my graphics card. Is there a command or a menu I can use to access this information? BTW it is a Nvidia card, I believe and 8 series.

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If you are using the proprietary drivers, try running nvidia-settings. If not, run lspci -v and it should be on a line like this in your video card section:

Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]

Unfortunately, on my computer at least this does not work right, as my video card has 512 megabytes of RAM.

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I find it funny that the top (and accepted) answer is one that the answerer admitted doesn't even work for him. :-) – Ken Feb 1 '11 at 19:13
Ironic I know, but I found several other sites suggesting it, so I thought it might help him even if it didn't work for me. :) – farfromhome Feb 2 '11 at 18:49

You could use lspci to find out what the exact model of the video card is, and then look it up online...

[12:34pm][wlynch@node ~] lspci | grep "3D controller"
04:00.0 3D controller: nVidia Corporation GF100 [Tesla S2050] (rev a3)
05:00.0 3D controller: nVidia Corporation GF100 [Tesla S2050] (rev ff)
08:00.0 3D controller: nVidia Corporation GF100 [Tesla S2050] (rev ff)
09:00.0 3D controller: nVidia Corporation GF100 [Tesla S2050] (rev ff)
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Look in the X11 log. Mine is at /var/log/Xorg.0.log, and part of it looks like this (I'm running a VM):

(II) VBoxVideo(0): VESA BIOS detected
(II) VBoxVideo(0): VESA VBE Version 2.0
(II) VBoxVideo(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 131072 kB
(II) VBoxVideo(0): VESA VBE OEM: VirtualBox VBE BIOS
(II) VBoxVideo(0): VESA VBE OEM Software Rev: 0.2

131072 KB = 128 MB, which is exactly what I've set in the VM settings.

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