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#1 13 years ago

Ok, well I just recently got a brand new laptop (not the old IBM thinkpad). This one is a brand new Averatec. Its's a really good system running an AMD Mobile sempron 2800+ with 512 memory and a 60 GB hardrive and Windows XP home. But the probelm is, it has poor graphics and wont run most games made past 2002 or early 2003. I want to know (I highly doubt it) if there is anyway to install a new, better graphics card in a very compact laptop. (Link to my Laptop is: http://www.averatec.com/notebooks/3200series.htm) . Such as a good NVIDIA GeForce or somthing along the lines of that, that is made to go into laptops. I don't know much about hardware etc. I'm really good at software tho. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advanced. ~Zack




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#2 13 years ago

laptops are almost impossible to update...unless its an Alienware or Voodoo......email the company and see if you send it in and have them update it...


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#3 13 years ago

Only recently have any Laptops supported upgradable graphics cards. I've got a rule, if it doesn't say the graphics can be upgraded, then they can't be upgraded.

So far the only ones I know of that are capable of being upgraded are "Desktop Replacement Systems", a.k.a. Gaming laptops.

Most laptops aren't designed for gaming. Gamers have had little interest in laptops, because they've always been more expensive, and slower at the same time. Since they weren't upgradable, they weren't an option. Now there are powerfull, upgradable laptops, for Lan Parties, but those are very expensive.

Tough luck...




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#4 13 years ago

there are new Geforce 6 series cards for laptops isn't there?




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#5 13 years ago
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#6 13 years ago

yeahthat.gif I couldn't think of what they were called, i know dell uses them in there laptops too.




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#7 13 years ago

arent the gpu chip intergrated on the motherboard, because they cant exactly have a card in them can they?




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#8 13 years ago
Μαjïç MushrøøMYes, the GeForce 6 Go series. http://alienware.com/product_detail_pages/Area-51m_7700/area-51m_7700_features.aspx?SysCode=PC-LT-AREA51-M-7700&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT

how would you stick a 3.8 ghz p4 into a laptop withough the laptop melting down? Most computers build before a few years ago and costed more had graphics cards in them. The laptops don't have enough room to stick one in there so they use intrigrated.




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#9 13 years ago

My advice... never buy a laptop. However, its possible that the graphics in your laptop is integrated (like it is in lower end desktops). If this is so, you may be able to change the amount of RAM that your computer sets aside for your graphics (as is the case with Intel Extreme2 graphics, it goes from 64 megs all the way up to 256). If possible, this would be done in the BIOS. Buy some more, and preferably faster, RAM for your laptop, and set the video memory as high as possible. This should give you some headroom to play some of the later games.




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#10 13 years ago

yes the ram will help, but its still a crappy card on the inside. It is the best solution though, getting a faster video card for about $70.