How to Change the VRAM in BIOS

Written by charles jackson
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Cheaper laptop computers rarely come with a dedicated graphics card. Instead, they come with an integrated graphics chip which shares the system memory instead of having its own dedicated graphics memory. Some of the cheapest desktop computers have a similar configuration. Increasing the graphics memory (VRAM) can sometimes improve performance in video games, though your computer will appear to have less RAM since more of it is being allocated to graphics rendering. Increasing the VRAM can be done within the system BIOS.

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  • Laptop with integrated graphics chip

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Restart your computer. As soon as your computer starts booting up, press the correct key to enter the BIOS. This must be done before Windows starts loading. Consult your laptop manual to determine which key should be pressed to enter the BIOS. It may also be written on the boot screen. Normally the key is "del," "F2" or "F10."

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Advanced Chipset Features" menu by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Navigate to the setting "VGA Share Memory Size." This setting may not be available on some laptops, although a similar setting should be. Consult your laptop user manual for further details.

  4. 4

    Press "Enter" with the setting highlighted and choose the highest available value. On newer laptops with integrated graphics, this is typically around 512 MB.

  5. 5

    Press "Escape" and navigate to "Save and Exit Setup." Start the computer as normal.

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