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Laptop Video Card Expansion

By MysterioMask
Jul 23, 2009
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  1. Hi, Im wondering if there is any way to upgrade an internal graphics card in a laptop, that wont break my wallet, looking for someway to play games for less than 300 - 400 if possible. If i cant upgrade the card, i have a mini pci-e slot that is open, is there any graphics cards that i can put into that. Next option after that is usb port, are there any external cards that run on usb. after that how about expresscard 54, are there any expresscard video cards, after that, is there any adapters, like can i adapt an expresscard right into a pci-e port i dont care if its hanging out or if i have to plug in a separate power cord. I know Magma has an enclosure through expresscard but the damn things like $1000 so i might as well by a new laptop if im gonna shell out that much. Ive looked at ViDock 2 which is about $400 does anyone have any experience with that? but i was hoping for an even cheaper solution if possible, and i dont care what it looks like, if it looks like i just ripped a desktop apart and its hanging out next to my laptop, i dont care as long as it works, is cheap and is semi portable. any information and help is greatly appreciated.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    It would be good to know your current laptop brand and model, OS, configuration, and memory possibilities,
  3. MysterioMask

    MysterioMask TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 180

    Gateway T-6330u, Windows XP Pro, Have 4 gigs ram, which is max, 128 integrated graphics.
  4. MysterioMask

    MysterioMask TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 180

    ? No info at all on any of the questions i asked?
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Open the case and see if it has a removable graphics card. If it does, take note of the system board brand and model.
    Then it should be easy to find a possible replacement with a few Google searches.
    I don't find that the Gateway T-6330u has a replaceable card... so it would be good to call the Gateway tech support people. They will be very helpful if there is a chance to sell you something.
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    :haha: indeed. It could be good if you check their prices with whats online though.
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Wouldn't it be quite helpful if you recommended some of those online. Gateway isn't perfect, but sometimes can be a better investment with warranty that trying to pick the right one online, then try to install one for the first time.
    Laptop add-on video graphics cards do have a higher failure rate. Right?
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