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Q: help with my laptop video card...

I have a Toshiba Satellite A10. It has an onboard 64mb Intel(R) 82852/55 GM/GME Graphics Controller. I have 1 gig of ram. I was woundering how to allocate more system memory to the video card. Is it possible? I checked the bios and did not find anything...but that again, the setting could be there.Maybe it's not in bios? I would like to share 128mb of memory wiht the video card. Please help me solve this problem!

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A: help with my laptop video card...

Is it possible?Click to expand...

the answer, in a word, is: no
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Can you change a laptop video card/graphic card?

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Can a laptop graphic card be changed??
(Nvidia geforce go 6150)

Please help
With many thanks,

A:Can you change a laptop video card/graphic card?

Unless the laptop has onboard graphics, there is no reason why the card can't be changed.

Of course, I am not very knowledgeable with GFX cards, so I can't necessarily tell whether is has onboard graphics or not.
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Laptop video is a chip on the motherboard. The only way to upgrade would be to replace the motherboard.
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A:video card for laptop?

You can't upgrade the video on 99% of the laptops in the world, and you own one of that 99%.
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A:Laptop video card

In a way, yes, they are the same....

PC video cards are typically on a card because it can fit more things on there - capacitors, memory, etc. However, the main component of the graphics card is the chipset. Most laptops will have this chipset, which makes the graphics and everything, but will have the other parts, like memory, scattered about the motherboard (or it will use some of the memory you install). The reason you can not upgrade this chip is because it is soldered into the motherboard - upgrading it would require you to unsolder it and put the new one in, while making sure each connection is perfect. This is way too much work for the average user to do, plus the fact that the motherboard would have to be reconfigured to fit the new video. I think some laptops made it so you could upgrade the video, but I'm not sure which ones, and how they worked. But for the most part, upgrading the video on a laptop is not possible.
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A:laptop without video card

I thought laptop graphics were integrated(non removable), except some newer models, so how did you remove the graphics? Do you mean a memory module?

There are some usb graphics cards, which may help.(but they can't do any gaming).
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A:where can i get a video card for my laptop?

If it's upgradeable at all, it will be only to a small list of compatible cards. Start with checking the manual for the computer. If there's nothing specific there, you'll need to contact Alienware to ask if the card can be changed and if so what models are available.

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A:laptop having two different video card

Go to Device Manager and check under "Display Adapters" and see if your nVidia card is enabled under the "Driver" tab.

Next thing I'd check is the Power Options, and you can access this by right clicking on the battery Icon in the bottom left tray. I'd see if that is on High Performance setting or Balanced. I would set it at High Performance to see if it changes it.
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any suggestions would be great, thx

A:laptop video card

Have you researched the board to assure the board will accept alternate video graphics cards? Look first at what Dell has to offer from their online store, which will give you a good idea of what is possible on the Inspiron 1720, then look at the premier sites such as

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A:Laptop Video Card

There is no option to upgrade the video card on that laptop I'm afraid.. it's integrated on the motherboard/chipset. Only a few laptops offer the ability to upgrade the videocard, unfortunately.
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A:Laptop Video Card

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A:Laptop Video Card

No, you're pretty much stuck with what you've got on a laptop - as the video card is usually built into the motherboard to save space.
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A:laptop video card

Can anyone help me with changing a laptop video card?

you're probably not going to get an answer to that question as you've worded it,
laptop graphics come from a 'chip' that is 'soldered' to the mb,
not 'inserted' into a socket / slot,

you have something like this,
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A:Laptop Video Card

Post your laptops Make / Model number, but most likely the answer to your question is no.

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A:Faulty Laptop Video Card

The low level functions of the video card use a vga vesa driver
that does not activate the hardware accelleration.
The problems you ar e having when the driver loads indicates
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but not necessarily the same model.
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one from start/control panel/add remove programs.
Download a driver here.
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A:Upgrading video card in HP laptop?

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A:Upgradeing laptop video card!

I am afraid you can not upgrade the graphics card in a laptop as it is built in to the motherboard and doing so would basically involve buying a new laptop. So in short it is not possible I am sorry... sucky graphics it is unless you buy a whole new laptop...
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I know external sound cards, NICs exist, but video adapters... I don't think so
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A:Updating laptop video card

The graphics controller is part of the system board in this laptop, so upgrading isn't possible.
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A:Laptop Video Card Upgrades

To my knowledge the video chip is built onto a laptop's mainboard, not connected as a separate card like on a desktop computer. To replace a video card on a laptop you'd have to replace the entire mainboard, which would then have to fit into the chassis. Not very likely to happen.
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A:Laptop video card upgrade help.

not much you can do here. You have to almost completly disassemble your laptop to change the card, and last i recall, laptop cards dont really come much faster then the 8600 (not to mention they they are difficult to find from a retailer)
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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
2. Buy a desktop?
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A:Can I install a new video card into my laptop?

I have never heard of a video card for a laptop. I think they come built onto the mobo.
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A:Laptop Video Card Issues

Since your running Vista please note that the required video card memory is 128 MB and it should support Direct 10X. I recommend that you check first your motherboard manual and see if your onboard video card can be upgraded to 128 MB. Since your using a laptop your RAM memory is shared to your video card. Ex. if your computer has a 256 MB of RAM and you have a video card that can have 64 MB of memory, this will be taken from your RAM so the remaining 192 MB will be used by your computer and the 64 MB will be used by your video card.
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A:Laptop Video Card Expansion

It would be good to know your current laptop brand and model, OS, configuration, and memory possibilities,
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A:Laptop with chipset Video card anything I can do?

well, the GMA doesnt have the balls for any gaming except the occasional game of GTA, unfortunately alot of laptops arent upgradable in the video aspects.

but some are, i doubt that this one is or that it would even be worth it really.
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A:Can I put a cheap video card in my laptop?

All that info. And you didn't say what computer you have.
By the way, most laptops cannot have their onboard Video card updated (as the Video is connected to the actual Mobo).

Any further help, please put your System Specs information in your Profile
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Is it possible to upgrade a new Video card?

I just bought my laptop about 6 months ago.

It is a Compaq Evo N160, with a P3-M cpu at 1ghz, 256 sd ram, 20 gigs, DVD, and an ATI mobility Radeon (original version, not the 7500).

I wish i had waited a couple months for the 7500... my radeon is fine, except it only has 8mb of DDR ram, which is a bit meager for the next batch of games. I wasn't able to run Grand Theft Auto 3 because there was a lockout. I know i can run it though, because i can run games like Serious Sam 2 smoothly at 1024x768.

So i guess my question is, is it possible to upgrade the video card of a laptop? I'm guessing no, because all the parts on the motherboard are so custom and specific to each other.

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A:Is it possible to upgrade a video card on a laptop?

I've already posted this on the portable forum, but i've gotten no replies so i figured i'd try here.

I just bought my laptop about 6 months ago.

It is a Compaq Evo N160, with a P3-M cpu at 1ghz, 256 sd ram, 20 gigs, DVD, and an ATI mobility Radeon (original version, not the 7500).

I wish i had waited a couple months for the 7500... my radeon is fine, except it only has 8mb of DDR ram, which is a bit meager for the next batch of games. I wasn't able to run Grand Theft Auto 3 because there was a lockout. I know i can run it though, because i can run games like Serious Sam 2 smoothly at 1024x768.

So i guess my question is, is it possible to upgrade the video card of a laptop? I'm guessing no, because all the parts on the motherboard are so custom and specific to each other.

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i have the Sony Vaio VGN-NS laptop and would like to upgrade my graphics card as i play game's around the house etc and hauling a desktop around aint good at my age LMAO
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nayr65 said:

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Since it's integrated you can't turn it off so your most likely to be stuck with it. Unless you whant to spend alot of money and change the mothderboard to pci. :wave: :wave:

Good luck,

Sebastian :wave: :wave: :darth:
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Hello, @zygis Welcome to the HP Forums.I will try to explain to you how the dual GPU system works. This may provide some understanding as to why it appears the R7 card isn't working. All information can be located in this document: Switchable Graphics on Notebooks Configured with Dual AMD GPUs."it might appear that the application is incorrectly using integrated graphics processor when the application is running "--- "This feature is working as intended".Here is a breakdown.Your notebook runs AMD Quad-Core A8-6410, for a processor. By default it will always run and show the R5 for graphics, there is not changing as there is no primary. This is just what's used by determination. The activation of the R7, is done with in the program when required only if it's needed. If your running an application with Direct X9, you'll only ever use the R5 due to having the AMD Quad-Core A8-6410 processor. (explained in the above document)If the application uses Direct X10/11, it will use both. Not one over the other but both. That being said, the only one you'll see is the R5, the R7 is activated by the application, there are no settings involved.If the application uses OpenGL, it will only use the R5.  All other times, it will only use the R5.You can use a utility (GPUz), to try and monitor so that you can see both are being used when required. Though this won't be often and is only if the application your using requires it. If you're playing games you can check what they use in the spec's section on their websites.  It's your choice and may cause issues, but if you absolutely want the R7 to work, you can try disabling the R5 from Device Manager. That would make the only source the R7.  I hope this can help and explains how dual graphics works.Thank you for posting on the HP Forums.

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ooo.. laptop.. maybe a bit tricky there..

Basicaly, do you have any experience opening a laptop? Laptop and desktop is somewhat different, since desktop has more easier access to fix stuff..

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