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Aftermarket Video Cards ???

Hey, i'm wondering if they make aftermarket video cards for

laptops? Mind works fine except i want one that has a DVI or

HDMI output because....i'm getting a new 61" samsung dlp tv

that is 3d ready. I found a 3d kit including active glasses,

and software for computer. my computer ( a 2006 sony vaio

laptop) meets all the requirements except one.... I only got

vga and s-video outputs. So i'm wondering if there is an

aftermarket video card FOR laptops that is capable of

outputing DVI or HDMI? or else if it is possible to just

convert the VGA to DVI/HDMI via a special cable or external


not as computer literate (as far as hardware) as i am with

audio equipment, but i know in audio, there is pretty much

always a fix, such as outboard equipment like: amps, pre amps,

digital to analog (d/a) and vice versa (a/d) converters. does

computer hardware work anything like that?

or is my only fix a whole new computer? if this is my only

option, what is the cheapest place to buy computer guts to

build my own pc...

i know of tiger direct, can you find better deals than that?

and what would i need?

power supply
drives (hard,dvd,blu ray, etc)
sound card

am i missing anything?

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Re: laptop video card

In reply to: Aftermarket Video Cards ???

Generally, no.

If the laptop has a separate videocard right now, you might be able to replace it (but be sure it doesn't use too much power, both your battery and your adapter are limited), but if it's integrated into the motherboard, forget about it.

And I certainly wouldn't advise trying to build your own laptop.

About converters: is a VGA to DVI converter ($399) is a VGA to HDMI converter (GBP 37.99)

I didn't do an exhaustive search. Just googled a little bit. You might be able to find more. But the quality is more or less doubtful. Read through for background.

Hope this helps.


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I'm going to be more blunt.

In reply to: Aftermarket Video Cards ???

The answer is no. You'll get your cards from the maker of the laptop. Today there is some vaporware about cards for the external slot but it will not deliver gaming or HD content. You can write there is a market for such but tell us where on the laptops there is a connection that could deliver the data.

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oh well

In reply to: Aftermarket Video Cards ???

kees bakker

" And I certainly wouldn't advise trying to build your own laptop. "

No, i wouldn't do that, i meant a desktop. if there was no way around having an actuall video card with the DVI/HDMI output, then i'd opt to build my own Desktop, rather than buy a premade one, just because i know you can save hella cash, buying components and putting your own desktop pc together.

from what i hear, CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, the quality of a VGA to DVI/HDMI converter can't match that of a true video card with DVI/HDMI output. so looks like i won't be using the 3d feature any time soon.

BUT..... the good news is, if i have to build a desktop pc, i can incorparate all the things i want, like hella fast processor, blu-ray Burner, hella good audio and video cards. Was thinking about putting a pc together down the road anyways to install a DAW on

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