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#1 Kanye

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:28 PM

Okay, so I'm looking to get some computer games and I figured I would need legitimate graphics. I have a whole box of very old graphics cards (1MB - 8MB each), not very good at all. In fact they're horrible. Last year I got a PC as a gift (used) from my dad, and it came with an integrated graphics chip and a Rage Pro 128 AGP 4X TMDS (16MB) graphics card. When I plug the monitor into the graphics card, all is well. When I plug it into the integrated graphics though, nothing shows up. The monitor (Sony SDM-M51) doesn't detect being connected to the computer and the screen is black. I'm assuming something might be wrong with the integrated graphics, and I'm hoping it's probably better than 16MB memory so I can start using that instead. But as I said it doesn't detect when I connect it. So basically, 2 questions:

1. How can I get my computer to detect my Sony SDM-M51 monitor? (Didn't come with a CD, came used with the used PC. Currently it's set to plug and play monitor).
2. How can I get the integrated graphics chip working?


PC Specs:

Sony Vaio PCV-RX540 Digital Studio PC
1.2GHz Intel Celeron Processor
384MB SDRAM
Rage Pro 128 AGP 4X TMDS 16MB graphics
CD-RW read/write drive, DVD-ROM drive

And I researched the computer and found out that the integrated graphics chip (the one that doesn't work) is an Intel 815E internal AGP graphics system. Thanks for any help.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:43 PM

Computers should automatically detect any monitor, if they are hooked up to it, and its plug and play.

I'm doubting that if the computer is that old, that the integrated graphics will be much better, but there should be a setting in the BIOS that allows you to switch it to that one. I can't really think of what else you could do. It would probably work to just take out the graphics card that you're currently using.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 02:44 PM

Okay, I'll try removing my current card and connecting it to the integrated one and see if it works.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:03 PM

Okay, I removed the card and used the integrated chip and it's working. :thumbsup: 32MB of RAM. I was wondering though, it's shared RAM, right? Can I transfer some of my PC RAM and let it be used by the graphics chip? I already tried searching through the BIOS but there's no such option. Help please?

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:22 PM

There may be a setting in your system's BIOS that allow you to allocate more RAM - but very few systems offer this option, so don't be surprised if it's not there.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:21 PM

It's still probably not going to be good enough to play many games, even ones a few years old. Theres more to graphics then just how much memory they have, and integrated graphics usually don't have the other features needed to play games.
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