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Tina155
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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
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lpprikej
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Re: Video Ram for a 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
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SR45
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Re: Video Ram for a Dell Dimension 3100

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

Banchetto 101 Case-Less System

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eVGA 780i Mobo

eVGA 295 GTX Video

8 Gb Corsair Memory

Thermaltake TRUE Black CPU Cooler

VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD

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Re: Video Ram for a Dell Dimension 3100


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
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