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Can I upgrade my Intel 945GM express video card to a nvidia 7900GS video card??

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No, you cannot update your built in Intel graphics to the Nvidia. Only the ATI card can be upgraded to the Nvidia card. The ATI and Nvidia cards are discreet and not built into the mobo. Of course if you change the mobo out with one from an ATI or Nvidia model you can, but it would be more cost effective to just buy a new laptop and sell yours.

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Ye if it is compacterble with your computer

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What graphics adapter upgrade do I need to make


The graphic adapter is the video card installed inside the laptop, and normally does not get replaced, as this is integrated with the motherboard.

After installing Windows 7 you will need to install all drivers.

I would recommend using Vista on this laptop, since factory drivers for Windows 7 had not been released. You will have to install general drivers not designed for this laptop.

If you want to install Windows 7 here you get the instructions.

I quote the part concerning video adapter drivers:

"Update the Video Driver
  1. Preparation
    1. Be sure there are no other video drivers installed (you will want to start out with just the standard VGA driver)
    2. Download the latest 82852/82855 drivers from Intel's website
    3. Extract the drivers somewhere, but do not install anything
  2. Turn Off the Digital Driver Signing Check
    1. Create a shortcut on the desktop to cmd.exe
    2. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Run as administrator"
    3. When the command window opens, execute the following commands:
      1. bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON
      2. bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
    4. Reboot
  3. Install the Video Driver
    1. Open the Device Manager
    2. On the menu, go to Action > Add Legacy Hardware
    3. Acknowledge the initial dialog screen
    4. Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)"
    5. Click Next
    6. Select "Display Adapters" and click Next
    7. Click the "Have Disk..." button
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    10. If prompted to reboot, DO NOT REBOOT
    11. If told the 945 device might not work right, acknowlege the error, then run Action > Scan for Hardware Changes
    12. "Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controllers" and a "Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family" devices should now be listed under "Display Adapers
    13. Disable the 945GM device
    14. Reboot
  4. Verify the Video Driver Installation
    1. Upon rebooting, Windows 7 may roll back one or more of your display devices to Standard VGA
    2. Open Device Manager
    3. Check the Display Adapters
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    1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update
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    3. Click the "important update is available" link (do NOT click "Install updates")
    4. Right-click on the "Intel Corporation - Display - Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family" update
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You find driver software at Intel Download Center


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It seems that you have an integrated video card.

let me give you two options.
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or upgrade your memory for $200 to increase shared video memory.

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