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MR.X`

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#1 13 years ago

Well, I am finally in the market to upgrade my computer. I am looking for a new graphics card to replace the Mobility Radeon 9700 that came with my PowerBook G4 15", which is starting to show its age. I am not that technically savvy, so I am hoping for some help with finding out what would even work in this rather unfortunate system.

Price really isn't an optition in this case, and please refrain from Apple bashing.

Thanks for the help.




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#2 13 years ago

First, ditch the mac, buy a custom built PC powerhouse,

AMD FX57 2 gig Ram Dual 7800GTX 500gb hd

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seriously, is it possible to upgrade a laptop? I know you can do it in alienwares, but not sure on the macs


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#3 13 years ago

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That is not even close to the info that I asked for. And yes it is possible. ATI has a huge line of mobile graphics cards, I just want to know what will work for me.




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#4 13 years ago

What i mean is, is it easily possible to disassemble the laptop, take out the old card, and put in a new one?

I really dont see much, is it PCI-E?

If so, there is this

http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/06/06/mobility/index.php


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#5 13 years ago

it's impossible to upgrade video cards as far as i know on a laptop. i took apart my friends because the screen was fucked and she sold the rest to me for $5. (she ripped the screen off) but when i was inside there, there was a chip on the mainboard with "ATI" branded on it, and no detachable card. it's all integrated into the laptop itself. so as far as my knowlege goes. you'd be looking for a new laptop




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#6 13 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.First, ditch the mac, buy a custom built PC powerhouse,

AMD FX57 2 gig Ram Dual 7800GTX 500gb hd

:naughty:

seriously, is it possible to upgrade a laptop? I know you can do it in alienwares, but not sure on the macs

FX57 2gig ram crossfire x1800 xt pe 10000000gig HD!!!!! WEEE!!!!!

ok seriously......here is my 2 cents. you can upgrade alienwares and other notebooks like that, takes some modding, except the alienware, so i suggest go with that. macs you really cant upgread i dont think unless its another mac product. like you cant run a mac os on anything but a mac. someone update me on this cause im a bit sketchy on the macs. a mac laptop isnt bad as long as you get a good AMD core, which i dont think they sell any, again not sure. i know alienware puts good cards and AMD cores in their machines, go with them. peace.




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#7 13 years ago

You can not upgrade the graphics card in the Apple Powerbook sad to say. Anyways why do you need to upgrade its graphic card when most of the games for it only needs a FX 5200 to run?

Any ways don't even dare go to another Laptop. Can't get any better than a sexy Apple Powerbook. God I love those Laptops lol. One lucky dude to have one. Iv been drooling over those things for the last 2 years lol.




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#8 13 years ago

Not PCI-E, from what I see. The 9700 falls under the AGP section, and the best of that bunch is the 9800. So it looks like I might have a winner. That combined with another gig of RAM should fix me up right.

If one can not upgrade their laptop's graphics card, then explain this:

http://ati.com/products/mobile.html

I would not do this myself. The only thing I would ever do with a screwdriver around my laptop is remove the lid over the RAM and add another stick. I would take this down to one of the Apple stores at a local shopping mall, or bring it to CDW ( www.cdw.com) to have the new card installed.

Two reasons why I need a new graphics card for my PowerBook.

Doom 3. Forgotten Hope.

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Laidlaw, agreed! The only two laptops that I would take over my PowerBook are the Powerbook 17" and the Area 51M




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#9 13 years ago

Yout in the same boat as me USMA, I have a ATI Mobility Radeon 7500C and I must upgrade it "soon" when FH2 betatesting is about to start. Some more ram wouldn't hurt either. And my soundcard is fubar too (really strange bit after making really strange noices while recording sound one moment on the other it died on me all together. It still plays sounds but it won't record anylonger. And yes the sound settings are fine.)

My current laptop, a dell inspiron 5100 is a P4 2,4 Ghz with 512 Mb ram, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500C and 60 gig HD. As you see to play FH2 I at the very least need a better graphics card. Luckly it's easy as pie to upgrade a Dell.




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#10 13 years ago

USMA2010Not PCI-E, from what I see. The 9700 falls under the AGP section, and the best of that bunch is the 9800. So it looks like I might have a winner. That combined with another gig of RAM should fix me up right.

If one can not upgrade their laptop's graphics card, then explain this:

http://ati.com/products/mobile.html

I would not do this myself. The only thing I would ever do with a screwdriver around my laptop is remove the lid over the RAM and add another stick. I would take this down to one of the Apple stores at a local shopping mall, or bring it to CDW ( www.cdw.com) to have the new card installed.

Two reasons why I need a new graphics card for my PowerBook.

Doom 3. Forgotten Hope.

EDIT:

Laidlaw, agreed! The only two laptops that I would take over my PowerBook are the Powerbook 17" and the Area 51M

Well for one those are not made for the Applepower book. The graphic card is built into the Motherbored. Apple does not have a slot to upgrade them. That link was for PC laptops. At the bottom it had Mac products and those are only for the Powermacs. Also on any Mac when you go to upgrade its Graphics card you need a Mac only graphics card because Apple Uses OpenGL and has different Bio on the cards.

Its sad that you can't upgrade a Graphics card on a Applepower book, iMac, eMac, or Mac mini. But the new Doom expansion should run fine on it since it be the Mac version and will be made to run on Apple hardware unlike the PC version which you will need better hardware.

Thats why Games for Apple comes out latter because they have to make them able to run on the hardware for Apple since Apple not fast on its Graphic cards. Also the Graphics card is not a big deal on a Apple since its mostly CPU and Ram, not much Graphic cards.




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