How to Increase Video RAM on Intel GMA in XP


Although known for their processors, Intel produces a range of on-board graphics chipsets called graphics media accelerator. Intel's video chipsets utilize your computer's random access memory. Your system memory determines the amount of video RAM available, although computer manufacturers may specify a certain, fixed amount. If your computer manufacturer has locked a fixed amount of RAM, you will be unable to modify the computer's available video RAM. Please consult your computer documentation for more information about your specific Intel GMA chipset.

  • Enable the "Maximum DMVT" (or Dynamic Video Memory Technology) setting in your computer's BIOS, if applicable. Restart your computer, and press the key shown on-screen to enter the BIOS setup. While the "Maximum DMVT" option is not available in every BIOS, enabling the "Maximum DMVT" will increase the maximum memory used in conjunction with your Intel GMA video chipset.

  • Increase the total system RAM by purchasing compatible memory sticks for your motherboard and installing them. Swap out smaller-sized memory modules and completely replace your system RAM, if necessary. Adding RAM to the computer only works as a solution if the computer uses variable video RAM setting.

  • Update your drivers to a new version that may support a greater memory allocation for your Intel GMA chipset. Check your computer manufacturer, the Intel website or use the "Update Driver" function in the Windows XP Device Manager to update. Read the driver's "readme.txt" or other informational notes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your Intel GMA's available memory by right-clicking the desktop and left-clicking on "Properties." Select the "Information" button in the bottom-left corner of the window, then click on "Options & Support."

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