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Upgrading a Graphics Card In a Laptop

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by PVTCaboose1337, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. PVTCaboose1337

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    My machine is a Fujitsu N5000 Series Lifebook which is about two years old. However, the video card is an ATI 9600 Mobility Pro 64 MB. The problem is that it is an old machine and I am fed up with this inferior graphics performance in a laptop. I would like to upgrade the card in my laptop to a slightly beefier card. Price is not option and I would first like to know if this is possible. If yes, then what card would work best in the laptop I currently have. Thanks
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    As far as I know, your card is integrated to the motherboard of your notebook, I mean, it's soldered, you cannot upgrade it.
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    That's a bumer. That would mean I have to get a new laptop, or start pealing off solder.
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    get a new laptop.
    the only thing you can upgrade in most laptops is memory. sometimes you can replace the CPU for something of a similar socket but a bit better... but that's pretty much it when it comes to laptop upgradeability.
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    It depends on the brand wether its onboard or not my ATI isnt onboard so i know i could change mine out id call and see or see if everest home edition can tell ya. But im going to put my money on onboard.

    mine is 9600/97000 Series mobile radeon but mine is 128MB.

    if u need everest home edition you can get it from http://www.filehippo.com/. Its free and it will tell you almost everything about ur components. I use it when i have to reformat older computers so i can get the drivers for the components.
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    I have only seem high end machines like Alienware that have upgradeable graphics in a laptop. I think ATI is getting ready to push its x800 mobile series GPU, it might be worth it to wait a little more as the most high end are using x700, i did see some laptops with nvidia's 7800 mobile series and with sm3 support this might be a good way to go.
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    my 6600 go is pluggin.. so are the 6800 gos.. trouble is they are different physical sizes.. i could upgrade from 6600 to a 6600 ultra not the 6800 thow.. i just settled for overclocking mine up to U speeds.. gave me a nice 2300 to 2800 gain in 2005..

    there would also be a power and heat problem in useing a more powerfull card.. laptops are all kinda designed as one.. cooling and battery life.... the power supply on mine is only rated 90 watts.. it wouldnt stand much more than i already have.. a 6600 draws about 25 watts for example the 6800 draws 65 odd.. big difference..

    trog
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    K thanks guys, I am going to get a desktop instead. I will build mine.
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    We have a Dell Inspiron 2650, not a high end laptop, and the video card is not integrated.
    I have removed the video card, replaced the hard drive, cage, adapter, installed a DVDrw burner, added 256mb PC2100 memory. This little Dell is running about twice the speed of when we purchased it. Mainly adding memory and upgrading the hard drive to a 7200rpm drive.

    I would go online to the mfg webssite and see if the video card can be upgraded. They may have upgrades available there. If so you can see what is offered and if want purchase elsewhere.

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