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Upgrading my laptop graphics

by SammyBB79 / November 10, 2005 1:13 AM PST

Hello...I just bought a Toshiba Satellite M45-S359 laptop computer, but it only has the standard Intel graphics card. I want to upgrad it, but I don't know which graphics cards are compatible with my laptop, or if I can even change the graphics card. If anyone has any information, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks...:)

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Bad news, likely
by togus / November 10, 2005 1:21 AM PST

Very,very few notebooks have upgradable graphics. if you want more GPU power you'll probably need to return the machine for one that comes with a better GPU... if I'm reading correctly you got the intergrated Intel graphics, great battery life, low heat, very poor graphic proformance (on high demand games its poor, for surfing, office applications digital photos etc it will work fine).

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I wonder... Do PCMCIA graphics cards exist??
by NickMets7 / November 10, 2005 11:36 AM PST
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If they don't, somebody should invent one so all of us notebook users can play some games at somewhat RESPECATBLE frame rates :).

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Yes. Such cards are made but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2005 1:44 AM PST

PCMCIA data rate tops out at 8 megabytes per second. USB 2.0 is slightly better and PC-Card is still far and away faster than USB 2.0, PCMCIA but at a fraction of AGP speed so it's a non-solution for gamers.

-> The bottomline is that we must be careful when we select our laptops.


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But, can't the data speeds be improved?
by NickMets7 / November 15, 2005 4:03 AM PST

Hey, if it could be done with USB 1.1, why not make quicker the speed of a PCMCIA card?

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USB 1.1 is 11 megabits per second.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2005 4:13 AM PST

Now look on to see what the data rate of AGP 1X is. That's one big gap.


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by hijack masta / November 12, 2005 1:32 AM PST

it does not support any kind of pci express motherboard or similar so no sorry.

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