integrated graphics upgrade?

October 29, 2005 at 04:39:41
Specs: xp, 2ghz / 760mb

Hi, i know i might get a nasty response by those know-it-alls, but could you please tell me if there is ANY WAY to upgrade my dated intel 82845g 64mb graphics card. wait, graphics card right? well i know this isnt upgradable but ANY info on the topic will be appreciated. Or even if it isnt upgradable if anything can be extended to my PC or something i dont know. As you can see my CPU and RAM could do with a better graphics.


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#1
October 29, 2005 at 06:49:58

Integrated graphics are NOT upgradeable. If you're currently using 8MB of the system RAM, you *may* be able to increase that amount by changing a setting in the BIOS...they usually go 8, 16, 32, 64MB. But that's not gonna help a hell of a lot. If you want better graphics for gaming, you'll have to install a "real" video card

ASUS A7N8X-X
Athlon XP 1800+
8.5 x 200MHz
1024MB PC3200 2.5-3-3-7
Asus A9550GE/TD 128MB
WinME/WinXP Pro SP2


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#2
October 29, 2005 at 13:23:07

Well, intergrated graphics can be disabled and you can pick up a good PCI vid card with 256mb - although the PCI ( not PCI-E ) pipes are junk compared to AGP 2x 4x and 8x - you would still see an improvement in video quality and speed because youll take alot of 'off load' from your CPU and the GPU will crunch the FLOPS ( floating points )

Heres a great deal on a card that would suite your situation:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=ASLM52256P&cat=VCD

WinXP PRO SP2
ASUS A7N8X-X
BIOS 1014 beta 2
PC3200 768 1.5t 3t 3t 6t
AMD XP 2600+ @ 2.2
ATI AIW 9800 PRO 128MB


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#3
October 29, 2005 at 16:45:13

thanks for the info! by the way pr3d my evo d510 is a 'small form factor' PC so its really small (quiet too). I opened it up to install my ram and its extremely compact. I i were to disable my onboard graphics, how would i install a card? I dont see a slot and this isnt your average tower PC. Im afraid ive never isntalled graphic card before so any help would be useful.

and to jam as well, could you tell me how to increase it in the bios?

many thanks for the help guys


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#4
October 29, 2005 at 16:54:51

by the way its an 'evo d510 e-pc'
http://www.ciao.co.uk/Productinformation/Compaq_Evo_D510_e_PC__5363056

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#5
October 29, 2005 at 16:56:32

Ah you got one of those things :\

Well to awnser for jam, when you power up your computer you have to get into the BIOS; most motherboards have this set on the small delete above your arrow keys, but some also have an Fkey assigned so reboot and look at the screen it should say along the bottom what to press to enter the BIOS.

I would assume however that the manufacture would have set this to the mapped memory size of the graphics card onboard, if not your looking for 'Video Ram Size' or simularly named option. Use your arrow keys to get around in the BIOS and find this; then set it to 128mb. Since you have 756mb system ram; thats provding the BIOS even will let you adjust it - these crappy emachines ( no offense ) sometimes have a passworded BIOS too.

WinXP PRO SP2
ASUS A7N8X-X
BIOS 1014 beta 2
PC3200 768 1.5t 3t 3t 6t
AMD XP 2600+ @ 2.2
ATI AIW 9800 PRO 128MB


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#6
October 29, 2005 at 17:10:01

wow fast reply.
set it to 128mb? my graphics is 64mb, should i still put it to 128mb?
and i remember the bios part now, ill give it a try.

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#7
October 29, 2005 at 17:20:20

hmm, entered the bios, well 'AMIBIOS' as it said. err, no mention of any video or graphics, just a few boot options, password, audio and usb options. bummer. and yes even though this system is pretty useless in terms of upgrading and power, i still play 'Battle For Middle Earth' on it fine. lol, anyway thanks for the info, im just gonna have to get a new system for gaming.

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#8
October 29, 2005 at 17:46:36

Yeah, if you really want to game on the PC you should invest some coins into a nice rig.

WinXP PRO SP2
ASUS A7N8X-X
BIOS 1014 beta 2
PC3200 768 1.5t 3t 3t 6t
AMD XP 2600+ @ 2.2
ATI AIW 9800 PRO 128MB


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#9
November 3, 2005 at 03:50:10

I use my d510 as a second pc. If you want to get a better graphics card, you will need to buy "low profile" agp card or smallish pci card. That pc stuggles with Sim City 4 let alone newer games. But see how you go


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