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upgrading laptop graphics card

by jd890 / February 5, 2006 4:39 AM PST

I am still in the market for a laptop and I was wondering if I could upgrade the graphics card on these laptops:
-Dell Inspiron 9300 with ATI mobility radeon x300
-Emachines m6811 with ati radeon 9600
-Fujitsu n3511 with ATI mobility radeon x300
-Dell Inspiron 6000 with ATI mobility radeon x300
-Dell Inspiron 5150/5160 with Nvidia GeForce FX5200

I know some of these notebooks are discontinued, but I was searching on places such as Ebay to see if I could get a deal buy just replacing the video card. Is this possible on any of these laptops? Thanks. I appreciate it!

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If there are cards, for each make, check with that maker.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2006 4:47 AM PST

Such cards are not generic like our desktops and this confuses far too many as they attempt this.

Most laptops do not have "cards" and those are not upgradable.


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Check vendor, but look at...
by Willy / February 5, 2006 5:09 AM PST

Most laptops don't offer the option to upgarde the actual video. If as Robert mention they do have a card, then usually even then its a limited option. What is video is actually part of the mtrbd., intergrated and not a separate card. Most that offer this option usually say "up front" in order to differ from other plainer laptops as a more whizbang item. Check gamer type laptops like those from Alienware or others in order to get such an option. I believe Acer offers it too. If this is all to much then find what the video is and usually with added ram to system can become added video ram for full optium specs.

tada -----Willy Happy

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