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I have a 2MHz Dell Latitude D610 notebook with 1024MB RAM, integrated 64MB ATI X300 Graphics Card and Windows XP. I need to upgrade the graphics capability and have been advised that I can do this my sharing the system memory upto 128MB (not sure if this is total or incremental). How can I do this and is it worthwhile as a gaming experience enhancer? Alternatively, can I purchase and install a third party Graphics Card that will work with my system configuration?
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by:PUNKY
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Use the service tag that you find outside the Dell Latitude D610, and upgrade from Dell website. Use other could cause a lot of issues, and I bet you dont want that happens.
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by:glenlucken
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It is Dell that have given me the shared memory sollution!
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by:PUNKY
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So go with that recommend from Dell, though. There is not much you can do with laptop, and upgrade from Dell will be good.
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by:PUNKY
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Or you have to buy expensive stuff like the link below:

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/corpo/support/drivers/home.php

Look for external equipment.
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by:glenlucken
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But how do I share system memory and will it be worth it? This is the only solution offered by Dell, as there is no Graphics Card product available on their website for my laptop, but they haven't been able to answer these 2 questions for me.
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PUNKY earned 800 total points
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Glenlucken,

The video card is built-in onboard for laptop and can not replaceable. Not like desktop, you can add second video card in AGP, PCI-e, or any available PCI port on motherboard. Only option you have is to buy an external like the link I provided above from Matrox which is good.

 The share memory to support video that offerring from Dell also is yout option. And that is all they can offer since they can not remove the video that already built-in there, and simply replace other.
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by:glenlucken
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Thanks, that helps me understand the situation. So how do I go about adjusting shared memory?
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by:PUNKY
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System will automatically support to do that, though. But like I said, it can not comparing with an external or higher memory video built-in on board. When purchase the laptop, we should select it as upgrade offer so Dell will build that system as you need.
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by:smiffy13
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"How can I do this...?" You can change the amount of memory available for graphics through your bios settings (press F2 on boot). Whether it is worthwhile depends on the game, but you should see some benefit with some graphics based games.
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by:PUNKY
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Smiffy13 is right, but I doubt that the Dell D610 has that option in bios, though. But for sure, check it.
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by:jamietoner
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If you have the x300 its not an integrated graphics card is a 16x pci-e graphics card(laptop proprietary form factor). The D610 had two video options integrated (intel extreme graphics) or the dedicated graphics card the x300. The integrated intel card did use up to 128mb of available memory for the video of you had 512mb of ram or more. The X300 has its own built in memory and cant be changed from 64mb it wont share system memory. Unfortunately the graphics card can't be upgraded. On many of dell laptops with dedicated graphics you are able to, i was able to put a 680 ultra in my D810 because the d810 and inspiron 9300 use the same motherboard, The d610 share the same motherboard as an M20 but the m20 doesn't offer a better video card(uses a 64mb firegl 3100 card).
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by:glenlucken
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Can't see any option in Bios to change sharing. Can't understand why Dell told me to change these settings if you can't!
In summary, am I correct in thinking that I can't do much about upgrading my graphics unless I spend a load of cash? Is there really no internal graphics card that I can purchase , and at a sensible price?
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by:smiffy13
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It seems that punky & jamietoner are correct and Dell support are wrong. If this is the spec of your laptop: http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/latit_d610?c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh then you can't increase the amount of memory for your graphics and you won't be able to upgrade it without changing the motherboard.
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by:glenlucken
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It is and it sucks, but a lesson learnt!
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by:PUNKY
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Spending for new motherboard = spending new laptop. Yes, that is not good. You might unlucky when talking with Dell support and talked to wrong guys. Tips: call several times and talk to couple of dell tech support, you will see the answer correct.
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