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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hvac, Dec 29, 2001.

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  1. hvac

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    hi i am installing a video card for a friend in his hp mini tower,,he currently has 11meg of his sdram dedicated to his videoram ,,can i just disable this in his bios and then install the card ?

    i have built two of my own systems but have never upgraded any commericial systems video b4...
     
  2. Bryan

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    If you know the make and model number of the HP, you can get a look at the system board layout at HPs website and look for a jumper to disable the onboard video card prior to booting up with the new card. If you need any help locating the correct jumper, let us know the make, model number and CPU speed of the HP. Once you've got the new card installed, go back into the BIOS and set the shared video ram to zero or the disabling via the jumper may automatically do that for you.

    BTW, some system boards don't allow you to easily disable the onboard card. In that case, once the new card is installed and functioning, go into Device Manager and under the Properties for the old onboard card, you'll see an option to select "Disable in This Hardware Profile. Select it, reboot and then change the BIOS setting for shared RAM to zero. That should give you the RAM back.

    Let us know what happens.
     
  3. hvac

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    thanks bryan,,thats exactly what i did(hp's website),,and it uses an intel 810 video chipset and all i have to do is disable it through the device manager ,make a change in the bios ,install standard vga adapter and then slap er in ....
     
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    Your welcome, glad to hear it went so smoothly.
     
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