Shared Memory???

By omarh1688
Jun 28, 2005
  1. what is the difference between normal memory and shared memory, when i was shopping for a pc the ad said 64 mb shared. what does that exactly mean.

    thank you in advance
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Usually it means the pc doesn't have a separate graphics card, and uses "integrated" graphics which "share" your systems memory, and cpu time. So basically if you have 256mb of ram, and 64mb is "shared", your video uses 64mb, and your system has 192mb to use.
  3. omarh1688

    omarh1688 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have a msi 6526 GL MOTHERBOARD WITH A 64 MB VIDEO CARD
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    To what? The motherboard or the video card? To add to the motherboard, you buy a dimm memory stick(of appropriate type, in this case it looks like it takes 184 pin ddr memory of ddr200 or ddr266 speeds). and put it in an open slot, and that's it. Video memory can't be increased without buying a card with more memory on it. If you have "integrated" graphics you may be able to allocate more mem. to the video in the bios options.
    It looks like you have 'integrated' graphics, and no graphics card slot, so the only way to increase video memory is to allocate more in the bios, if possible.
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