Video Ram for a Dell Dimension 3100

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Video Ram for a Dell Dimension 3100

  • Hi,
    I'm new to the  forum, and not technically inclined. I need some help. I'm trying to install a digital art studio for my daugher on my computer. It requires 64Mb of Video Ram. How do I know if I have enough. And if it isn't can I upgrade to get enough?
     
    Thanks
     
    Dell Dimension 3100
  • Unfortunately, your on-board video (i assume you are using) can only go up to 8MB ram. You would have to purchase a video card and install it to meet your requirements. The Dim 3100 has a PCIe x1 slot and 2 standard PCI slots.
    you can add something like:
    would probably be the cheapest in PCIe x1
     
    or
    the cheapest I would go in PCI would be :
     
    something like this:
    would be geared toward graphics/design etc but a little pricey at $169.00
     
     


    Message Edited by lpprikej on 01-25-2008 11:18 AM
  • In addition to the cards suggested by Ipprikej you will have to disable the integrated video chip

    How to disable your integrated video chip as posted by the Moderator

    2200, 2300, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3100, E310, B110/1100

    * Right click the My Computer icon
    * Click Properties
    * Click the Hardware tab and/or the Device Manager button
    * Open the Display Adaptors. You should see the Intel video card
    * Double click the listing for Intel whatever
    * At the bottom under "Device Usage", click the down arrow and change this to "Do not use this device, disable"
    * Click OK- Apply- OK
    * Close all boxes when done
    * Click Start- Turn Off Computer- Restart
    * Press F2 at the blue Dell logo screen
    * Down arrow to either:
    Onboard Devices- Primary Video
    Primary Video
    Integrated Devices- Primary Video Controller
    * Change yours to AUTO or PCI (whatever is listed)
    * Press ESC several times to Exit and Save your changes
    * As the system starts to restart, power the system off
    * Open the case cover and add the PCI video card
    * Connect the monitor to the added PCI video card
    * Power on your computer
    * Let the computer boot up and load the drivers off of the CD provided with the card

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  • Tina155 wrote:
    Hi,
    I'm new to the forum, and not technically inclined. I need some help. I'm trying to install a digital art studio for my daugher on my computer. It requires 64Mb of Video Ram. How do I know if I have enough. And if it isn't can I upgrade to get enough?
    Thanks
    Dell Dimension 3100





    you got max on Intel gma 900

    128mb graphics that get added from your system main memory to your integrated graphics card/chip.

    Post a link to the digital art studio.

    http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/intel915g/sb/CS-011817.htm

    this tells you how much and where to look.

    Message Edited by electromagnetic on 01-25-2008 08:18 PM