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I've been having a lot of problems running games with my current video card. I want to know is it upgradeable? Also which video card could I buy to upgrade it?

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Video cards of laptops or notebooks are not generally upgradeable. Just desktops and towers are.

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The graphic card that suits your requirements depands upon what you want in terms of performance and the application that requires a particular level of graphic capability.
Check the software documentation or games program for the graphic card that is required to run with their program. Generally games programs that require photo realistic rendering require high end graphics cards.
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a Video card (aka a Graphics card) is a physical component in your computer that renders images and graphics, the higher quality graphics card you have the higher quality of games and images you can play/render.

so what this error means is the graphics card that your computer currently has installed doesn't support a model of shader (think shadows) which is needed to run Sims 3 properly

you can upgrade these cards, but it all depends on other components of your computer as to which would be most suitable for you

if you know anyone with knowledge of computers consult them as it would be free, or otherwise you'll have to have a consultation with a computer technician at your local computer store

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If you have a PCI Express slot, you can upgrade the video card but do not get a card that requires an additional power cable directly from the power supply. This is because the stock power supply is very weak and doesn't have outputs for additional cards. If the card requires no additional power, you should be fine.

You can upgrade your processor with the P4 [Prescott] 5xx or 6xx Series Processors with HT. The 5150 does not support core 2 duo processors. Depending on what you currently have, this may or may not be worthwhile. Also note that higher power processors run at higher temps, which sometimes causes a noticeable increase in fan noise.

The hard drive is easily upgradeable. Just buy any standard sized SATA hard drive. Your computer case supports two drives, so you could keep your current drive and just add a second drive. Remember to buy a SATA cable with the new drive because new drives usually don't come with them.

Overall, if you're looking to get outstanding performance, get a new computer. BTX computers are not gaming computers. You'll end up dumping money into this thing just to get a lousy increase in performance.

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I play online games (mmorpgs) and when I run these games I lag a lot. Now what is the problem? Should i buy a new graphics card? If so then which one would you recommend?


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Firstly have you considered it is the game? try restalling

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Update video drivers and try installing to a different pci slot.

It may be the video cards ram instead of your pcs ram.
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Hi there,

I believe your laptop is Aspire 5100.
You CAN'T upgrade your video card, because the video card is on motherboard. it's a chipset.
For custom graphic card, it's too much, you can't just replace it,
you have to have some tools to solder the chipset (you can't solder it by hand) on your motherboard. and if your solder is bad, your laptop won't work properly.

If you want to play game, you should buy desktop, in this you can upgrade your video card (many options).

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Hi,
You Can,t really shuffle Graphics cards Around where Laptops Are Concerned.
the individual manufacturers, want you to buy thier Products Only. hence so many different Socet/Board types.
you,ve gotta grin And Bear What you,ve Got unfortunately, check in the Bios settings, how much of your system memory, is designated to running graphics, Can sometimes be allocated More. That you have the latest video drivers installed for your Graphics Card/Chip.
And that you have Sufficient Memory/RAM installed on the laptop.
Alternative, is to sell And Buy upgraded Machine, Alienware recommended.

Mike @ compurepair.

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I would NOT recomment upgrading anything other than RAM and Hard drives on a laptop. It's very expensive, and can't always be done. If you want a gaming computer I'd recommend a desktop computer, as you will get a lot more "umph" for a lot less buck.

Same goes for upgrades. It's easy and fairly cheap (unless you want to have the absolute top knotch parts all the time) with a desktop because so many can use the same parts. Lots of laptops have "their own kind" of parts, which makes them expensive.

Keep the laptop for portability whenever you need your computer with you.

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