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Can you get new graphics for a computer, and if so how much does it cost

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I'm sorry but you cannot upgrade the graphics in your laptop.

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Can i upgrade ma graphics memory?


This computer is running on an on-board Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 128MB-251MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. This means that it's embedded on the motherboard and thus cannot be upgraded. You can only upgrade the graphics card if your computer has removable graphics (such as Nvidia or AMD video graphics adapter) but it's still not recommended since the price of these upgrades will cost half or even 2/3's the cost of your computer.


Sep 11, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook


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on Mar 03, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My monitor says no signal, but my computer is booting. I tried another monitor and same thing. Do I need to replace the graphics card?


You do not say which operating system you use.

Have you tried the same monitor but a different monitor cable?

When you say it boots, can you see the hard drive activity light flahhing, can you hear the windows login tone. Unlees you can see and hear all these things, the computer is not booting (worse news). If you can, it is (better news).

If your monitor port is in the same, small 6" (15cm ) rectangle on the left hand side of the computer near the other ports USB, mouse, keyboard etc., then your graphics chip is on-board, irremovable and fused to the motherboard.

If it is on its own, lower down, near the botom of the computer, you have a separate, dedicated Graphics Card, which can be replaced.

If it is on-board graphics that is faulty, you can add (rather than "replace") a graphics card to bypass the on-board graphics chip.

If the on-board graphics card is faulty, there may be a fault in the graphics bus on the motherboard, so a separate, new graphics card might not work.

First you need to continue the process of elimination to isolate the fault.

Try removing all cables from the back of the computer, opening it up, carefully cleaning any accumulated, dust, dirt and grime from the inside with a vacuum cleaner with a thin attachment, then carefully using a screwdriver to unclip and remove and reinstall the small CMOS battery for 2 minutes. This clears the BIOS memory from the motherboard. Then reconnect the cables and test again.

Then I recommend taking the tower to a repair shop and asking them to test a used, higher wattage Power Supply Unit. Sometimes underpowered PSUs can cause a stalled boot.

If this does not work, ask them to test a used, dedicated graphics card. If it works, buy a new warrantied graphics card.

If the graphics card does not work you might either need a new motherboard or a new computer base unit (tower), depending on the comparative cost of the motherboard + the labour for reinstalling and configuring the new motherboard with your original hard drive and its operating system + the cost of diagnozing the fault and installing the motherboard and a new computer base unit.

I hope this helps.

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Aug 31, 2011 | Acer Aspire M1641-U1521A PC Desktop

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My downloaded game is not is not working normal

the drivers might not be installed correctly you might have to uninstall the graphics card restart your computer then reinstall thye graphics card and its drivers

If your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it

Click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll to display adapters + to expand you might see a yellow question mark ? or exclamation mark ! or a red x right click select reinstall drivers or you might need to download one on the home page you should see the download software finder under that there will be a list platform, category sub category price from the category drop down list select drivers then from the price drop down list select free or which ever applies to your need or major geeks download this graphics driver this will depend on your operating system GeForce MX 4000 graphics processing units (GPUs), provides a new level of cost-effective, high-performance graphics to the value PC user. GeForce MX 4000 GPUs deliver feature-rich graphics technology, performance, and flexibility.

or you could try Optimise your ATi graphics card's performance. ... and save profiles for Direct3D and OpenGL applications ... CATALYST 3.8 adds new features and advanced, customizable options to ATI's industry-leading unified software suite. Gameplay, multimedia, 3D applications
Hope this helps

Jun 13, 2011 | XFX GeForce MX4000, (64 MB) Graphic Card

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When I turn on my computor, my monitor just flickers. It will not turn on.

G'day Dave
Have you tried the monitor on another computer?
If it exhibits the same problem on the other computer then you will need a new monitor. Then try a friends monitor on your computer.
If you want to be really sure about the state of your monitor, and if the lead between the monitor and the computer is removeable (some monitors have hard-wired leads which plug into the graphics port on the back of your computer) try replacing that lead with another lead. (borrow a friends monitor lead?) LCD monitors are very cheap these days and the cost of repairs to your monitor can be prohibitive taking into account the cost of a new monitor.
If your monitor (and connecting cable) is fine on another computer, you may have an issue with the graphics card inside your computer, which is inserted into a dedicated slot on the motherboard. Depending on your computers motherboard, it may not have a separate graphics card inserted into the motherboard, and the graphics may in fact originate from a dedicated graphics chip soldered onboard the motherboard. In that case (ie you have a dedicated chip) you may have to replace the motherboard. Dont forget to check all cables before deciding on purchasing anything new.
if you are not comfortable doing what I have described, use a computer geek friend or spend some some cash and have a reputable computer shop have a look at the problem.

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Mar 07, 2010 | Dell E172FP 17" LCD Flat Panel Monitor

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I need to know what are my options if i want to upgrade my gateway 500gr. Mamory, video card, power supply? what else can i do?

If your computer is more than 4 years old and you want a faster computer with a high end graphics card for games, RAM and larger hard disk and Windows 7, then I would seriously consider buying a new computer. You don't need to purchase a new monitor (keep your existing one), this will reduce the costs.
An upgraded old computer would not be as good as a new one, when you consider the costs and time involved with replace hardware and installing Windows on a larger hard drive, device drivers and programs etc.

Dec 02, 2009 | Gateway 500GR PC Desktop

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What AGP video card will work best in this board? what one is easy to find on eBay? I need to purchase new - the board was a gift with no other cards.

Any AGP graphics card will work in a motherboard with AGP slot.
Depending upon the applications you wish to use with the computer, for example, for just word processing and e-mail, then you only need a low cost graphics card with not much video RAM.
If you have a reasonable powerful late model motherboard and you use it to play graphic intensive computer games then these games need a expensive graphics card with a large amount of video RAM.
Based on this you can go to your friendly computer shop to see what is available and the price range. You can also use Google to research what is available.

Oct 02, 2009 | ASUS P4B533 Motherboard

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Graphics driver

Since you're running WinXP, I'm going to assume that your PC is most likely equipped with a P4 processor.
My suggestion would be to get a whole new PC. A new pc costs about $400 for just a basic set up.

Mar 22, 2017 | Excel Meridian Data Computers & Internet

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Installing RAM and a new graphics card..

Heres what ya do to replace it yourself:

1. Unplug everything
2. Remove and jewwrely, watches, etc..
3. Set computer on a level table
4. Before opening the case, touch metal on the case for 15 seconds.
5. remove the screws, Take out old videocard and be carefull to lift up on the latch if it has one.
6. Take out old RAM by removing each latch on both sides of the RAM.
7. Store videocard & RAM in an antistatic bag if you have one. A cardboard box works too.
8. put in new videocard vertically where old one was and place back screws.
9. Put in the RAM. (May go in hard) Put in the RAM vertically and make sure the latches are secure.
10. Put back on case cover.
11. Turn on computer after plugging everything back in.
12. Done and hopefully it works.

It will cost about $20 - $50 for best buy to do this and will take about 30mins either way.

Having someone at best buy do it is a better choice if you have never done it before but its your call.

Jul 15, 2008 | Nvidia GeForce 6600 Graphic Card

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Games so laggy

Integrated Intel graphics are not recommended for games because 3d graphics for games are too demanding. I would try lowering the detail settings and resolution of your games to the lowest possible settings.

It seems that your motherboard has no AGP or PCI express slots for installing a video card i recommend you buy a new motherboard and video card, perhaps a whole new computer will be more cost effective if you want to have better performace for your games.

Here's a video that explains why dedicated video graphics cards are so important, and why integrated video cards are not good for games.

Dec 21, 2007 | Intel Motherboard

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