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  • #16
    Re: Computer question 23451X

    I figured I'd post my question in an existing computer question thread rather than start yet another one.

    Steam is having a big holiday sale on downloadable games and I just picked up GTA4 for $7.50. Got the whole thing downloaded, and when I try to run it, it turns out that my system's video specs aren't good enough. I have a fairly small laptop with an Intel GM965 video chipset that has 192MB of on-board video memory. GTA4 requires at least 256MB of physical video memory.

    So my question is - is the memory on a video board like the memory on a motherboard, in that it's in the form of removable/replaceable memory chips, such that I could potentially add physical video memory without getting a new video board? Intel's specs would seem to suggest that this is the case - see "Support for dual channel DDR2 667 MHz memory technology", which would seem to suggest that what it currently has is one 128MB DDR2 chip and one 64MB, and that I could go on Ebay, buy a chip from this linked page, replace what's there, and I should be all set. Am I wrong about this?

    (Let's assume that I'm not concerned about issues relating to voiding the warranty if I open the case or whatever, and that I'm reasonably proficient, if not an expert, in this type of hardware work.)
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    • #17
      Re: Computer question 23451X

      Originally posted by jmh View Post
      I figured I'd post my question in an existing computer question thread rather than start yet another one.

      Steam is having a big holiday sale on downloadable games and I just picked up GTA4 for $7.50. Got the whole thing downloaded, and when I try to run it, it turns out that my system's video specs aren't good enough. I have a fairly small laptop with an Intel GM965 video chipset that has 192MB of on-board video memory. GTA4 requires at least 256MB of physical video memory.

      So my question is - is the memory on a video board like the memory on a motherboard, in that it's in the form of removable/replaceable memory chips, such that I could potentially add physical video memory without getting a new video board? Intel's specs would seem to suggest that this is the case - see "Support for dual channel DDR2 667 MHz memory technology", which would seem to suggest that what it currently has is one 128MB DDR2 chip and one 64MB, and that I could go on Ebay, buy a chip from this linked page, replace what's there, and I should be all set. Am I wrong about this?

      (Let's assume that I'm not concerned about issues relating to voiding the warranty if I open the case or whatever, and that I'm reasonably proficient, if not an expert, in this type of hardware work.)
      Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that your on-board GPU isn't expandable with more memory, atleast using the process you mention. That chip set is essentially the motherboard of your laptop, and includes the RAM slots which you noted above as thinking might be the chips on the GPU. My guess is that there is a possibly a slider bar somewhere in your options that you can decide how much memory to use based on what memory you have available, although it has been a long time since I've had on-board GPU. I think that you are out of luck, but I could be wrong on this.

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      • #18
        Re: Computer question 23451X

        The memory arrived on Tuesday, and I installed it a few minutes ago. The computer only recognized 3.24 gigabytes of the 4 gigabytes, but I knew that might happen.
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