Dell Vostro 1500, Graphics upgradable?

By don101
Mar 18, 2008
  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: 4,274

    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 TS Rookie 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: 4,274

    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: 17,244   +234

    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 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks all anyways.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

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

    tehksupport TS Rookie


    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 TS Rookie

  10. don101

    don101 TS Rookie 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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