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 Post subject: Video card upgrade to laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 9:52 pm 
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I've heard some caveats about trying to upgrade video cards on laptops but I'm willing to take the risk...I think. I have a P4 2.4 with 512 Mb SDRAM and the video card I want to take out is an nVidia GeForce 4 420Go. I am having a hard time finding a replacement (probably because I shouldn't). Does anyone have any experience with swapping out laptop video cards?


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Most manufacturers have different ways of accessing the videocard...the link below will show how to do it on a typical Dell Inspiron...what particular brand do you have?

http://www.bay-wolf.com/8500video.htm


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Swapping the video chip in a laptop is not something you can normally do on your own. Usually you need to get at the deep innards of your laptop and you also need a good knowledge of your laptop's mobo.


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unless it is designated "swappable", you are probably out of luck...


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I have an old (1.5 yrs.) Toshiba Satellite 2435-S255. I haven't started really researching the laptop's innards yet. I only opened it once after the warranty out of curiosity. I guess I'm about ready to throw up my hands and deal with it.
Thanks anyway y'all!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2004 6:55 am 
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Was it Maximum PC or a competitor that just had a special on upgrading laptops in a "void the warranty, do-it-yourself," kind of way?


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Most laptop videocards are hard soldered to the motherboard, and as such are not replaceable. Even if they werent, there are size, power, and heat considerations that make this impossible with most laptops. Even if you could, I don't know where you'd find a mobile GPU for sale without a laptop around it. Alienware I believe is advertising some form of upgradability to their laptops GPU's, and of course with the expected appearance of PCI-express for laptops later this year, our options are supposed to open up a bit. Otherwise, unless you are willing to do some real commando style work on your laptop with the full knowledge that it might not make it off the operating table, the GPU is not replaceable.


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Yeah, Alienware is the one hyping their user-upgradeable video socket. However, from what I've seen on other forums, it hasn't exactly worked as advertised. Particularly in that the upgrade options have been slim.


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