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Changing Laptop Video Card?

Q: Changing Laptop Video Card?

I have an IBM Lenovo T42 running an ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 video card (32 mb). That's pretty much useless to me, especially that I am looking to play some games that require much more than that. Has anyone ever changed the video card in a laptop? I know it's possible with a few laptops (ie - some versions on Dell).

I am fairly computer literate and have changed out hardware in desktops, but nothing in regards to a laptop & would want some assistance, but after my search, it seems that laptops cannot change out video cards, but I'd want to be sure.

Thanks for any assistance & I hope to be posting responding soon & helping others.

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A: Changing Laptop Video Card?

Most likely it won't be upgradable, as laptop graphics are currently proprietary and usually not upgradable.

Lenovo makes the thinkpad now, but IBM used to, so I'm not sure where that leaves you on end user support/upgrades if it's old enough to be from IBM but new enough that it'd still be under upgrades/warranty)

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A:No video after changing old PCIvideo card to new AGP video card

Did you remove the old card and drivers in device manager first? You may need to update your motherboard drivers too.
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A:Changing video card

ATI 5570/5670 maybe? What's your budget?
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A:Changing Video Card

spunaugle said:

Hey everyone I'm considering changing my video card but it is intergraded graphics. I've never done anything involving intergraded graphics or really know much about them. I have a Compaq Presario 2100 laptop and the video card is a Radeon IGP 320M. As a note I'm perfectly comfortable "field-stripping" my machiene and have completely disassembled it several times. So what would you guys recomend doing about replacing this card?Click to expand...

By "integrated" graphics, do you mean "on board" video--i.e, you're video is integrated with the MOBO? If that's the case, you can't upgrade it--you'd have to get a new motherboard.
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A:changing my video card

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Bear in mind you will need a good quality power supply depending on what card you chose.


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A:Video Card Changing

I think some pc's will automatically disable the integrated when they detect a new card. To disable it manually, you will have to enter your bios, which is done by pressing the f1, f2, del(or whatever key your computer uses) when the pc is booting. It usually says at the bottom of the screen press x key to enter setup. Do so and once in the bios, look for a setting about video that has options like pci, agp, integrated, etc. When you find it, select pci. Exit the bios saving your changes. Let the pc boot then turn it off. Install the pci card into an empty pci slot, be sure to touch metal on the case before touching the video card, so you don't shock the card with static. Then connect your monitor cable to the new v. card, and boot up. Hopefully you will get an image on the screen. Once in windows you will have to install the drivers for the video card. After that, you're done installing the card.
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A:Changing CPU and video card

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A:Only get grayscale after changing video card

95 PERCENT of 'Radeon HD series" cards are now legacy.  This means the Automatic driver and the Current Catalyst driver DO NOT SUPPORT OR DETECT the old Radeon HD 8000 7000 6000 5000 series the Directx 10 HD 4000 3000 2000 series is an even older Legacy Version.
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Directx June 2010 redist before installing the video drivers.
DOT NET 2.0 3.5 4.6 before installing Catalyst Drivers.
Download the file and extract into a folder then run DXSETUP.EXE as administrator.
Download details: DirectX End-User Runtimes (June 2010)
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You have to install Legacy Direct play and DX9 and DX10 drivers from the Directx June 2010 patch.
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Directx June 2010 which you download and extract to a FOLDER then run DXsetup.exe as administrator.
in control panel, all control panel items,  programs and features, Turn windows features on and off.  You have to be ONLINE when you do this because it will insist on downloading from the internet.
Enable dotnet 2.0 3.5
enable legacy directshow.
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Applicable Products:

?AMD Radeon™ R5 235X, Radeon™ R5 235, Radeon R5™ 230, Radeon™? R5 220 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ HD 8470, Radeon™ HD 8350, Radeon™? HD 8000 (D/G variants) Series Graphics?
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 – HD 7600 (including A/D/G/M variants) Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 (including A/D/G/M variants) Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 (including M variant) Series Graphics
Applicable Operating Systems:
Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit versions)
Windows® 8.1 (32 & 64-bit versions)
Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit versions)
Users with AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series and older products looking for driver support, please refer to KB article: Driver Support for AMD Radeon™ HD 4000, HD 3000, HD 2000 and Older Series
Radeon 6450 will work fine with windows 10 in ANY size Dell.
There are 3 sizes.

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A:no internet after changing video card

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A:BSOD after changing video card and adding ram

Hi SpiritBob,

What memtest did you use?

Please upload the chkdsk logs Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

Please run the DM Log Collector again and upload a new zip, the current uploaded one misses several logs.
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A:Changing a video card adapter type help.

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Latest AMD Catalyst Video Driver for Windows 7

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A:Changing Onboard Graphics Card in Laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by smartman

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A:Laptop video card

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A:laptop having two different video card

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A:Laptop Video Card

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Is it possible?Click to expand...

the answer, in a word, is: no
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A:Laptop video card upgrade help.

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A:Laptop Video Card Upgrade Help

Its a notebook. Not a gaming desktop computer.

There is no video card you can buy and stick in it.

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A:Upgradeing laptop video card!

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All that info. And you didn't say what computer you have.
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One of the video cards:

ATI Mobility Radeon, 64-bit video graphics with 32-MB DDR SDRAM for increased color depth and graphics performance


ATI Mobility Radeon X600 with 64mb(I think)

Looking to find out which would be better and why. Currently, on one of my laptops I have the top vidoe card. It can play games like age of empires3, dark age of camelot, and some others.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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Here is the laptop specs

purchased at Cyperpower

model FL90
Item # : Description
CU-185-405 : C2D Intel T7700 Dual Core Procesor
HD-309-105 : 160gb HD 720RPM SATA 150
RM-213-102 : 1 GB pc5300 DDR2 667 SODIMM
NB-310-102 : Compal FL90+ 15.4WXGA 8600GT 512MB
NB-310-DVDRW : Compal FL90 DVD-RW
NC-109-117 : Intel wireless 802.11 4965 AGN Nic

Thank You

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A:What video card will work on my laptop?

I think you might be **** out of luck, I hope you still have your reciept because as far as I know you cannot replace the video card on laptops - laptops are tightly saudered and jammed together as compact as possible

1. If you have a warranty I reccommend hitting it with a hammer and saying you bought it that way
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The 8400m is affected by a large scale problem affecting many nVidia products, here's some more info:

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If it's under warranty, or whatever you call it where you are, don't touch it, take it back to the shop.

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go to this site and when you get to page 3 it shows the video card its possible to get a new one.

good luck
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Give us some more ideas, what do you want to do on it. Which OS do you want to install? What processor, how much memory, size harddisk. Wireless capability? etc.
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Greetings Techspotters,

When you try to find a driver file for a video card on a laptop/notebook computer at, you are greeted with this message -

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Does anyone know why ATI doesn't provide the drivers from its site?


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Perhaps it is because of the tight intergration into the rest of the laptop chipset, (for example some chips share memory), and so ATi are unable to make a driver that would be compatible with all laptops.

What laptop do you have ?
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Hello dukeagles21 and welcome to Seven Forums.
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