Intel makes many types of chipsets that are used in laptop computer systems. Chipsets are the circuits that have been integrated into the computer motherboard. The Intel 945 chipset was introduced with the "Centrino" processor platform. This chipset uses integrated graphics, which requires sharing the video memory with the operating system. If the amount of dedicated memory needs to be increased, you can change the amount in the BIOS or add more memory to the computer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Memory module
Press the "Power" button to turn off the laptop. Turn the laptop back on and then press the "F2" key as the manufacturer's splash page is displayed. The computer will then boot into the BIOS.
Press the "Tab" key or use the "Arrow" keys to highlight the section for "Integrated Peripherals." Press the "Enter" key.
Press the "Up" or "Down" arrow keys to highlight the option for "Shared Memory Size." Press "Enter" to select the memory size to use.
Press the "Up" or "Down" arrow keys to highlight the amount of memory to use for video. Press the "Enter" key to confirm the change.
Press the "Esc" key to exit the BIOS. Press the "Enter" key to confirm. Allow the laptop to reboot and load the operating system.
Increase Shared Memory
Place the computer face down on a table or desk.
Locate the memory cover and remove the screw with the Phillips screwdriver. Take off the cover and set it aside.
Insert a new memory module into an available memory slot. Press down to secure the memory module.
Replace the memory cover and tighten the screw.
Add Additional Memory
Tips and warnings
- Some computes with the Intel 945 chipset have a fixed amount of memory for video, depending on the memory configuration. Adding a second memory chip will increase the amount of memory.
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