Updating my Laptops Video Card

By munch2477
Jul 17, 2007
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  1. I have an inspiron 6000 with an ati mobility radeon x300 64mb and i have asked people before if i could upgrade my video card and some have said i cannot. I ran Everest on my computer and it says i have a pci-express x16 video card slot. Doesn't this mean i can upgrade it? Or did i just read this wrong
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Everest is probably reading correctly, they do use PCIe slots on some laptops for video cards. But don't get your hopes up that you will be able to swap in a PCIe video card. As you mentioned, you have an ATI 'mobility' video card. These are different than the standard PCIe card you see at newegg and such. Non-mobility PCIe cards are much to big to fit in a standard laptop.
  3. munch2477

    munch2477 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 149

    Is it possible to upgrade the 'mobility' card though? wouldn't they make other mobility video cards? All i really want is any kind of upgrade for my laptops video card.
  4. munch2477

    munch2477 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 149

  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    I checked ebay to see if any mobility cards for laptops were available. Here are the results of my search: http://search.ebay.com/ATI-Mobility_W0QQ_trksidZm37QQfromZR40

    It appears that some are replaceable, but they are system specific. If you look at the designs of each you can see that there can be a signifigent difference in card designs.
  6. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    munch, you unsure what you want there buddy? I though you said a day or two ago that you were looking for a new laptop.
  7. munch2477

    munch2477 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 149

    haha yeah i am really unsure what i want to do. Im trying to weigh out all of the possibilities. I think buying a new laptop is out of the question. I dont have that kind of money yet. I could sell my laptop for $380 and get a new one. But im not looking to spend that much money. I basically just need it for school right now and css. Since thats all i need it for and i got my css working very well i figured i would try to just upgrade as many things as possible on my laptop (first i did 512 mb or ram to 2gb, now i want to get a new hdd, and then hopefully get an upgrade for my video card). Hopefully i dont grow out of the gamer phase in the years to come so i could get a really nice desktop computer in the future
  8. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Sounds like you have taken all of the reasonable steps to upgrade your laptop and its doing what you want it to. I tried google but was unable to find any mobile gpu's that would fit the Dell Inspiron 6000.
  9. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    I don't think you can:

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/index.htm

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/om/D5181bk5.pdf

    The only thing you could do is upgrade to the 128mb X300 but I don't know if the price would be worth it:

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...&cs=19&sku=W5320&mfgpid=167133&chassisid=8427
  10. munch2477

    munch2477 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 149

    yeah i dont know if its worth it. How much of a difference does an increase in 64 mb make? i guess it would be hard for anyone to explain but does anyone else have an opinion on whether it would be worth it to drop $121?
  11. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    Personally, I would not waste the money.
     
  12. munch2477

    munch2477 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 149

    yeah honestly, thats how i was feeling. Im just gonna get a new hdd then that will be it for upgrades for my laptop. ill just save my money for when im out of college and able to buy a real pc.
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