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Which Is My Video/Grapic Card?

By IceLemonTea23
Mar 14, 2010
  1. i'm not an expert in computers and i wanna change my graphic card myself, so i wanna know which one is my graphic card , my computer is a Presario v3000
     

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  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    The answer is none of them. Like most laptops your graphics "card" is built-in/onboard. That means you can't change it.
     
  3. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so, it's fixed with my motherboard? and are you sure?
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

  5. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, that's not my laptop, mine is Presario v3000 and i HAVE a graphics card...
    it sucks it's Mobile Intel R 945Gm/Gu Express Chipset Family.. it 's only 32mb.....
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    [quuote]Mobile Intel R 945Gm/Gu Express Chipset Family[/quote]This is onboard graphics. It's not really a card in the usual sense. It is built into the motherboard and it is not like a separate card that can be replaced or upgraded.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Thats not exactly a graphics card...
     
  8. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    Everyone here is right. It's not really a graphics "card" and can't be replaced as it is built into the motherboard and can't be upgraded.

    I know this is off topic, but for future reference if you decide to upgrade any other parts:

    1.) This looks like it is your hard drive - 99.9% sure of this...though the more I look at it, 100% sure

    2.) It could possibly be the battery that runs the clock (I know that's how it is on my netbook and on my wife's laptop) - 95% sure of this
    *Whenever the clock stops keeping accurate time, you'll need to replace that battery

    3.) This is your RAM - 100% sure of this

    4.) This is your wireless card - 100% sure of this
     
  9. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK Thanks, you all were very helpful! xD (where is the motherboard? o.O)
     
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    ......you must be new to the computer world, lol. Everything is connected to the motherboard which takes up the whole space of the laptop. You just don't really see it because the casing is around it. You do see a little bit of it because the RAM plugs into it and that battery is connected to it.
    And I hope you aren't thinking what I think you might be thinking...there is no way to take the graphics "card" off of the motherboard. Some of you laugh, but I new a guy who was actually going to try it...good thing he came to his senses when he took the casing off, lol.

    Anyway, here's some pics for ya:
    http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite-M70/big/removing-laptop-motherboard-22.jpg

    http://www.laptoprepair101.com/wp-images/troubleshoot-dead-laptop/test-laptop-motherboard-10.jpg
     
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Its a board, in the middle.
     
  12. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks.... so i'll just have to get a new com? xD
     
  13. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    If you want better graphics, then yes, you'll need a new laptop. This is the downside to having a laptop. The only real upgradable parts are the hard drive, RAM, and wireless adapter. Depending on the laptop, you can also upgrade the processor if a newer one is compatible with your current motherboard.

    But basically, if you want great graphics, get a new laptop with a better card. Sales associates are pretty good at getting you what you need.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Laptops suck, it is my belief that there is no such thing as a gaming laptop!
     
  15. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    .... actually, i wanted to get a com that can support starcraft II as mine now can't. so can you recommend a laptop?xD
     
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    SC2 runs on integrated graphics in fact.
    And will run on really anything. Also I would suggest a desktop.
     
  17. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nah, they aren't portable
     
  18. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Ok...well your current laptop can run SC2 decently, I believe.
     
  19. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 812   +26

    You'll never know till you try it...no need in going out to buy a laptop just because you were afraid that it wouldn't play a game. Always try the game first. And if it's kind of "bleh", don't just assume it's the graphics, also check to see how much RAM you have, as upgrading it will help the game play a little smoother. Let me know if you need help with any RAM stuff.
     
  20. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    SC2 isn't out yet, he probably doesn't have it.

    I have tried on integrated graphics...on low it works at just around 30 fps. Thats with a comparable computer at 1280 x 1024.
     
  21. IceLemonTea23

    IceLemonTea23 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i've got the beta
     
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