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Re: Acer 56111AWLMI grahics card
You cannot upgrade the graphics card on your laptop, however you can sometimes adjust the amount of graphics memory allocated. This setting, if your computer is capable, is normally found in the BIOS. On rare occasions it is located in the Display properties (which, in turn, can be accessed from the Control Panel). If you can't find a setting to tweak in either of these locations, your computer cannot adjust the allocation of video memory.
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That's because the video is integrated into the motherboard. This PC supports HDMI... what exactly are you trying to 'upgrade'? If the on-board video is not performing as you want, from what you can see here, you may only need to upgrade RAM on your MB:
#4 at the bottom of the page: Shared system memory may be allocated to support integrated graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. Actual system memory available to the operating system will be reduced by the amount of dedicated and shared system memory utilized by the graphics solution and resources required by the operating environment.
Since this is a laptop you won't be able to change the video card physically like the desktop computers. This Toshiba model has an ATI Radeon TM X1250 128MB-831MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. So that means by default it can provide a 128MB of graphics power, but if you increase the size of the memory you can also get up to 831MB of graphics memory therefore increasing or upgrading the available video memory of your laptop.
You can only do that with onboard video cards. If you have an onboard you can choose how much ram to assign to it in your bios settings. However it is limited and if you already have 128 assigned to it, that's probably about all it's gonna give ya. But hey it never hurts to check
Assigning your physical memory to your graphics card will result a shortage of your total system memory and your whole system will slow down a bit. Video cards meant for better processing the graphical content of your system and free up your system's physical memory.[via] So, if you buy a new and better video card with more memory you will have a fast system with better performance.
I've noticed that in the bios you can't increase Dedicated video memory because the max for your laptop is 256 but if you check your overall video memory with the shared memory added on by right clicking on your desktop and clicking screen resolution, go to advanced settings, and it should show your adapter with the amount of total graphics memory, the dedicated video memory (video memory of video card), system memory(Mine is 0), and shared video memory ( Ram being accolated together with the graphics card making more video card memory in all). If you switched to XP however, you will probably have less video card memory. Everything should be fine if your on your laptop's default operating system (Mine is windows 7 home premium).
The video card is part of the motherboard and cannot be up graded.
The video RAM uses part of the main RAM but you might be able to increase the allocated video RAM to the max configuration in the BIOS.
Refer to the video specs I copied for you. Video
dynamically allocated memory is borrowed from the system memory; ie, your GPU is using shared memory. Increasing the allocated VRAM is not going to increase your performance by much simply because this kind of video memory is so slow.
You might want to consider updating your graphics driver and checking your temps to make sure that the GPU isn't overheating.
Unfortunately, Dedicated video memory cannot be changed. Only the Allocated system memory. The dedicated video memory is onboard memory, like a video card in a desktop machine has it's own RAM. Your out of luck, unfortunately.