Dell Vostro 1500, Graphics upgradable?

By don101
Mar 18, 2008
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  1. Hi there,
    this is pretty much my first time to post on any forum so dont expect it to be a perfect post.:)
    The story is, i aquired a dell vostro 1500, and the only graphics device in it is Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family...
    I was just wondering, since id like to be able to play games above 40 fps on lowest graphics, is it possible to put anything dedicated into it? and how easy/costly/etc is it?

    cheers in advance.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    VGA components on laptop are almost never upgradeable I'm afraid. There's very little you can other than lowering the games' resolutions & visual effects.
  3. don101

    don101 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter


    Ok, thanks for replying.
    when i googled it, i saw pages about upgrading from something like a 8400gt to a 8600gts. However these laptops had com with a graphics card in it originally. Is that the difference?
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    I think at best you can order the laptop with a faster VGA part assembled in it but once purchased I don't think you have the option to upgrade it.
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,731   +156

    The graphics chip is on the motherboard, it is NOT a replaceable card. To upgrade the video you would have to change the laptops motherboard. You would never change a laptops motherboard for this reason
  6. don101

    don101 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks all anyways.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    you have integrated graphics like 98% of most laptops. Graphics are NOT upgradable.
  8. tehksupport

    tehksupport Newcomer, in training

    Yes

    I found this post at random and this may be a bit late but the graphics card on the vostro 1500 is in fact upgradeable, there is a Nvidia 8600M GT available. It has a inverse MMX style slot that the graphics card and its heat sink attaches too. Hope that helps
  9. lamo

    lamo Newcomer, in training Posts: 570

  10. don101

    don101 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks but..

    too late for me now! laptops is going back within a month so it doesnt matter any more! thanks anyway all!
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