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Can I get a better video card in my laptop??

By marioware
Dec 25, 2005
  1. Someone just told me I couldn't change my video card in my laptop because it is like all one piece, is there any way I can get around this?
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    if your graphics processor is integrated into the motherboard, and almost all of them are. then no there is no "getting around" it.
     
  3. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    Welcome to techspot.
    On most laptops, the video can't be upgraded.

    There is a chance you could get another video card, in a strange way. You could get a pcmcia adapter that connects to an external pci slot. You could put a pci video card in that slot, and then you'd have a pci video card connected to the laptop.
    pcmcia to pci
    http://www.mobl.com/expansion/products/cardbus_expansion/1slot/index.html
    pci video card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131411

    There also are a few pcmcia video cards, but they are very expensive usually.
    http://sewelldirect.com/vtbookpcmciacard.asp?source=froogle

    These options will enable multiple monitors(2), but probably won't be any better for gaming, I don't know which you had in mind.
     
  4. marioware

    marioware TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Why not, you have a good video card connected to your computer right? And yes I am searching for a better video card for the purpose of gaming. :p
     
  5. marioware

    marioware TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Strike that, I just saw the $999 price tag on that converter so that's not even an option.
     
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,348

    the reasion is that laptops use different slots and form factor then a pc thus it is very hard to replace or upgrade a veido card in a laptop

    good luck in the hunt thoguh
     
  7. izx2

    izx2 TS Rookie Posts: 58

    $999... You can get a whole new laptop with that money. By the way, using PCI cards to do gaing is probably not the very best idea. I have a nVIDIA 5200 PCI and it could play CoD 2 and other new games but the quality isn't very good. Even if you used that converter you may not get the results you want, thus wasting money.
     
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