Video cards for laptop

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well i recent invested a good chunck of change into a laptop, and now that i have it i am trying to do some thing that require a nice graphics card, however mine is only 32mb which SUCKS, so i have heard from a lot of people that i cant change my graphics card in a laptop. Does anyone have any suggestion on a way to boost my video memory? i would even go as far as to buy a new motherboard with a new video card on it.

i use a durabook, 1.8ghz processor. 992 RAM
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Buy a new laptop.

Upgrading a laptop is not for the faint of heart of the inexperienced.
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if i can get the hardware i have a friend who can do all the work, hes been tinkering with comps since the screens were green and the disk were actually floppy
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If your laptop has shared memory then you can buy more ram and allocate more to the graphics chip, you should be able to do this in the BIOS.
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i think you can get usb video.. never tryed it or anything but might be what you need..
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thanks for the ideas. i am going to try am allocate more memory to the vid card, if that doesnt work then i will work on an extermal US drive type deal. If anyone else has a suggestion feel free to hand it out, thanks again to those who respomded.
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I haven't done a video card in a laptop but I have upgraded memory, hard-drives, wi-fi cards and processors in laptops. I even re-soldered the PSU connection on the back of a HP laptop (MAJOR PITA).

Everything except the PSU on that one HP and doing the memory on an HP tablet PC was easy. The PSU plug, I literally needed to dissassemble 3/4 of the laptop to get to the plug. Then it was like .3 seconds later I had the plug finished and I took another hour to put it all back together. Best part was, I only had one screw left over out of 91 seperate screws! :-)

The memory on the HP TC4200 was a major PITA as well. The one socket was right on the bottom - real easy to get to. The primary socket was underneath the keyboard - but to get the keyboard off you needed to pull out something like 47 screws, the HP buttons panel, etc... Real pain.

Never did a video card. But if I could in the HP NC6220's that my company forces us to use I definately would. I wish I could do a better proc than a Pentium M 780. The specs say the max is a 770 - so I at least beat that and it runs as a 780. Maybe if I can find a better bios image I could get a core duo to work.

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if i can get the hardware i have a friend who can do all the work, hes been tinkering with comps since the screens were green and the disk were actually floppy

I remember using punch cards with Fortran. :-)
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To my knowledge, a video card in a notebook can't be "upgraded" - because it's embedded into the motherboard. I had a notebook with shared video memory, you could dedicate anywhere from 4 to 64MB to the video - it made NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER in performance when you changed the amount.

And there's no such thing as a USB video card... USB TV Tuner, yes... I think even things like USB TV-Out or Projector-OUTPUT type cards - but they aren't video cards, with graphics processors, etc, etc...

I put up with mine for 4 years - your only option is to buy a new one with something that ISN'T an intel graphics media accelerator, or ATi HyperMemory, or nVidia turbocache - because it all means the same thing: not worth the investment.

I just bought an Acer TravelMate 4400 with a Radeon X700 - only 64MB of DEDICATED video memory, but the GPU under the hood helps. In all honesty, it performs almost as well as any Radeon 9x00 series desktop card - I'm very impressed and pleased with it.

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There are some that you can upgrade. MiniPCI-E cards.

Hard to find and expensive, but they are out there.

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