video memory

Dell / Dell dm061...
July 17, 2009 at 05:33:09
Specs: Windows vista
hi am having a dell dm061 computer. i wanted to install one game in it but it tells me the game cannot find enough available video memory. please can someone help me out

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July 17, 2009 at 06:21:26
Does your system have a video card or is it integrated? Go to your manual and read up on your system and read the system requirements for the game you want to install. Sounds like your video memory is shared if your system has a video card you'll need to get one with more memory and if you do check the requirements for the new card against your system hardware meaning power supply watts and amps on the +12 rail

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July 17, 2009 at 11:45:49
What you have is a Dell Dimension E520:

And according to Dell, your model either comes with:

- 256MB PCI ExpressTM NVIDIA® GeForce® 7300LE TurboCache
- ATI X1300 Pro 256MB
- Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 (Intel® GMA X3000)

My guess is you have the GMA X3000. If that's the case, you *may* be able to increase the video memory by changing a setting in the BIOS. But you'd be much better off investing in a PCI-e x16 video card such as the Radeon HD 4670. You can't beat this deal:

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July 18, 2009 at 03:09:25
look jam. i dont know much about computers but i believe you are right about my computer. so can u please give me the steps to follow inorder to increase my video memory in the bios setting. investing would be a problem cause you know am in africa and online purchasing is a problem for us.

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July 18, 2009 at 03:14:48
forget to mention am using vista that comes with my computer. please show me the steps

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July 18, 2009 at 11:08:55
As soon as you bootup, there should be a message on the Dell splash screen..."press F2 to enter setup" or something like that. You have to press the key immediately or the system will continue to boot thru into Windows. If you don't get it the 1st time, reboot & try again. The "setup" is the BIOS menu. You will have to look thru the menu options for something like "shared memory" & see if there's an option to increase it.

The GMA X3000 is NOT good for gaming so even if you're able to increase the memory amount, your game may still not be playable. You really need a video card. I'm sure they sell them where you are?

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