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Disabling? I need help on disabling a integrated graphics card

By Stillpimpn
Jun 11, 2005
  1. Ok, im new to this site and also pc's, so dont go using all these pc terms.

    I saw that you can disable an integrated card. I have an intel extreme graphics 2 card, but it wont let me play Battlefield 2 on it.

    I have a Compaq 2700, intel 4, my chipset is intel i865P/PE/G/i848P.

    CAn someone tell me how to disable it; what would be the best graphics card to buy; or if i can install a graphics card even though i stil have my integrated one?

    Thx for taking the time.

    P.S Battlefield 2 demo is out now and i cant play it :(
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Check on the compaq website for your system to see whether the graphics can be upgraded.

    Also please don`t start another thread, just because no-one has answered this one.

    Regards Howard :cool:
     
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    To disable your integrated gpu (graphics card unit), you will have to enter your BIOS, directions are on the screen at first when you start your machine (often del or F2).

    There you will have to search until you find a setting like "onboard graphics: Enabled" and change it to "Disabled".

    But don't do this before you install your new card.
    Also, to find if you can upgrade to a new gpu do as Howard says, or contact Compaq directly... Lastly, if you feel uneasy about doing the upgrade yourself, you can turn the computer into a local computershop and ask them to do it for you.
    But don't pay them too much for doing it!
     
  4. Stillpimpn

    Stillpimpn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah

    I think ive already updated it but you still cant play bf2 on it
     
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    No matter what you do to the integrated graphics, it will never be able to run BF2.
    You have to buy a new graphics card, and it has to be equal to or better than
    (taken from the official specs here)

    I'm sorry...
     
  6. Stillpimpn

    Stillpimpn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thx man, im just stubborn

    I just got directions on how to remove the integrated one for a new one
     
  7. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Are you using a laptop/notebook? If so, it has to be brand new for you to have an upgradeable gpu... And I must admit I've never seen any upgrade modules for sale...

    If you give us some more info (specific model and pref. a link to specs on compaq's site), it'll be easier for us to help you....
     
  8. Riddix_ExTrEmE

    Riddix_ExTrEmE TS Rookie

    hello I am asking a question related to this topic. I'm running an emachines comp that has upg graphics card and memory by myself. I have onboard video but i never disable it. Graphics in games look awesome because of my radeon 9550 but will disabling the onboard graphics improve performance or anything?
     
  9. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Some machines actually disables the onboard graphics when you enter a new card...

    And the gain you'll see won't be very much, if any, but it will make sure windows/the system won't allocate any resources to the unused card... So I'd suggest turning it off...
     
  10. compguy

    compguy TS Rookie Posts: 162

    Umm yeah battlefield 2 demo is out :bounce:
     
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