According to http://elinux.org/RPiconfig#Memory , the minimum that can be specified in /boot/config.txt is 16MB. Is there a way to shut off video completely and allocate nothing?

I'm asking about Raspbian but would be curious to know if another Pi OS allows less or fully disabling video.

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The minimum is 16 MB.

The GPU actually handles a lot of other things, including RAM, booting, firing up the ARM, etc. Not just video. We should all give it some respect.

  • 16 MB ought to be enough for any GPU.
    – user236012
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 12:37

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