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CC_machine

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#1 12 years ago

ok, just bought a new Dell laptop. specs:

Inspiron 6400 Windows XP Pro SP2 / Ubuntu Linux (dual-boot) 1GB DDR2-533 ram 1.73ghz intel core 2 duo 120gb sata harddrive integrated intel 950 graphic chip :uhm:

integrated intel gfx are annoying ... doesn't even have occluders! :( very frustrating because i see it's easy to swap out all the parts except the graphics, and everything else is perfect :(

i realise a graphic card upgrade is very difficult, but how possible is it? secondly, is it possible to overclock this chipset?




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#2 12 years ago

1. Next to impossible. And laptop parts are so expensive that (even if you could do it) you'd have actually saved money by buying a better laptop to begin with.

2. It's very unlikely that the BIOS will have any overclocking options, and even if it does you're just asking for it to overheat. And then you'll probably find your crotch is on fire and you can no longer have children.




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#3 12 years ago

lol i get the message. :p

ok, i can get a better Vostro machine from dell for £528.. how much do you think i could sell this for?




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#4 12 years ago

Don't the Vostro notebooks use Intel graphics as well? They are better/newer ones, mind you, but still integrated and still Intel. If you can't do it with a 950 you probably won't be able to do it with...erm...whatever the newer ones are called.

I'd just live with it personally.




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#5 12 years ago

It is impossible to remove an integrated card. There are very few laptops and even fewer places to buy laptop upgrade cards that allow you to swap out the card. If you see a MXM-(I,II,III,IV) next to the graphics card listing that means the card is modular and capable of being upgraded. If you don't, then you're stuck with what you have.


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#6 12 years ago

If you want good graphics on a laptop your going to want to find one with a decent ATI or Nvidia mobile chipset.

If you did have a modular one like n0e said, good luck upgrading it. The find even a slightly decent deal you would probably have to search eBay.




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#7 12 years ago

I'm currently researching purchasing a new laptop, and came across this website. This thread has good information about upgrading a graphics card if it is indeed possible. Upgrading Mobile Graphics Cards - ***Read Before Posting*** - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion


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#8 12 years ago

ok, new idea: is it possible to completely replace the motherboard inside the notebook, with a better one?

I've noticed sites such as coboc.com which allow you to purchase laptop components... how possible is it?




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#9 12 years ago
CC_machineok, new idea: is it possible to completely replace the motherboard inside the notebook, with a better one?

Technically yes, you can replace one, but you would need a motherboard out of the same model or laptop you have as the mobo is more than likely model-specific.

Upgrade to a better one? No.

With a laptop your pretty much stuck with what you got graphics wise.




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#10 12 years ago

Speaking as a Dell field technician I believe this model can have an upgraded video card depending on the motherboard thats in it. However, as was already posted if you didn't purchase the upgrade when you bought the laptop its probably going to end up being quite costly and even more important you may only be able to get the part from Dell.

As to the overclocking I've looked in the BIOS of several of the various Dell laptops that I've replaced motherboards in and haven't seen anything that would allow a person to overclock the unit.

Apollo75Technically yes, you can replace one, but you would need a motherboard out of the same model or laptop you have as the mobo is more than likely model-specific.

This is more true then you probably realize. Aside from that you'd honestly be better off buying a new laptop if you was considering upgrading the mobo simply because of the cost of not just the part but for someone to actually perform the exchange.




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