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Updating graphics card

By TechMancer
Oct 29, 2012
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  1. Hey, so I need to update my graphics card on my Satellite, but I heard I can just "download" one. This sounds unlikely, but is it true?
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,977   +1,487

    You would likely need to contact your satellite service provider for the answer to your question. There are firmware updates that are periodically available. However I figure by now they are automatically installed (I could be wrong though), to keep the machines up to date.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,468   +622

    Start, Run, 'dxdiag'. Find what graphics card you have under the Display tab.

    Then google for 'AMD drivers' or 'nvidia drivers' depending.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Hey, so I need to update my graphics card on my Satellite, but I heard I can just "download" one. This sounds unlikely, but is it true?​

    Your intuition is correct: that's definitely not true, assuming your terminology is correct.

    Very, very, very few laptops have upgradable (or even replaceable) graphics cards. Most laptops have integrated graphics and even ones that have discrete graphics (I.e. a "real" graphics chip) still have the GPU soldered onto the motherboard.

    What you CAN download though are newer graphics drivers -- these can sometimes improve performance, add features and increase gaming compatibility. This will be the only way to update your graphics card. In most cases though, these updates make little difference as the hardware itself is typically the most limiting factor.
  5. TechMancer

    TechMancer TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 59

    So do you any good sites to update an Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0, if it is possible?


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