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Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 Graphics Card/RAM Upgrade/Add

I have a laptop made by Toshiba in the Satellite series, specifically A135-S4527. It's about 9 or 10 months old and I've been wanting to update the graphics card and RAM.

I'm no veteran at computer tech or jargon, but I've managed to learn that most laptops have a video card integrated to the motherboard to save space, which is irreplacable. Then I thought of adding another video card, rather than replacing it. I searched online for comprehensive specs of my laptop : http://www.nextstepplasma.com/productdetail.asp?productid=1738

In the multimedia section, this is what it says:
Multimedia: Max Shared Video Memory 224 MB Video Bus PCI Express x16 Video Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Video Integration Motherboard

I know that the Video Chipset is part of the motherboard but what caught my attention was the video bus. It seems to me that the specs say that the laptop comes with a PCIe x16 video bus. Does this mean that I can essentially add a laptop video card? If not, what is it used for? In addition, I found that the integrated video card can be configured to use 256mbs of the system's RAM. How do I go about changing that amount?

Also, I wanted to add some RAM. Currentlly, I have 2 512mb PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM in 2 slots. I want to replace both with 1gb modules so I have 2gbs but what do I need to look for in purchasing RAM modules?

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  • ClydeSeal Sep 06, 2008

    Yeah I have a very similar problem. I have the same laptop and wanted to add a graphics card because the toshiba A135 has a shared video memory. I play alot of games on my computer so I could use a new graphics card so that I dont have to split my memory and make computer run slow. 
    Basically what I am asking is Where can I get a good cheap reliable graphics card for my computer?

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The user guide has instructions to add more memory.
Download the user guide from here
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_modelLanding.jsp?ProductMenu_0=Portables&ProductMenu_1=Satellite&model_find=&ProductMenu_2=1700045&moid=1700045&rpn=PSAD0U&smoid=true&ct=MH&ListType=Model&x=43&y=8

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I have a toshiba a135-s4527. is it possible to upgrade the graphics card to 512 mb


No you cannot. Video memory is stuck to the mother board. You can however look into increasing shared memory with your RAM card. However I think the A135 is a piece of **** because the maximum ram you can put into that thing is only 2GB. I tired putting 3GB but the cpu will not boot.

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Can i upgarde my toshiba laptop satellite A135-S4527 with graphics card.


Hi,

Sadly laptops' graphics cards can't be upgraded.

The graphics cards in laptops are actually chips that are welded into the main board.

Cheers,
Ed

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Where can I find a repair manual for a toshiba satellite a135-s4527?


As in a Service Manual, or Maintenance Manual?
I can give you a link for a disassembly guide, and a link for the specifications.

Specifications:

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1700045&rpn=PSAD0U&modelFilter=A135-S4527&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663

On the above link click on the - Detailed Specs - tab

This is a disassembly guide that is pictorial, with instructions, for the Toshiba Satellite A135 Series,

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a135/remove-mainboard-1.htm

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Need To Upgrade Or Somehow Add A New Graphics Card


There is a way, yes, but it requires a few tools and no fear as you rip into the laptop case. I could explain this in detail but I'll leave you with this tutorial on the 'HOW-TO' side of things to browse at your leasure:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/148909/upgrading_your_laptops_graphics_card.html

However, upgrading the RAM will improve speed (if that's what you're really going for). Otherwise, adding a more powerful card may not increase your screen resolution but can add more kick to your gaming experience.

If you're just looking for a little more speed with higher resolution, I'd upgrade the RAM a bit and purchase an external flat screen 1080P 22" monitor that'll plug right into the back of the laptop. It will save you the frustration of possibly damaging the internals of your pc and the disappointment when you realize that the increase in performance isn't worth the risks/effort involved in switching out the cards.

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you might be able to commit more shared memory to your video in the BIOS settings. You can't pay $900 for a laptop and then expect it to have high-end options like an independent video card. I know with some Toshiba laptops, they only commit 64 or 32mb of RAM to the video card but you can change this. I think you can give the video card up to 224mb of RAM, so if you check and find that it has a lot less, you should change it in the BIOS. That being said. you should be able to play Halo 2 on it, but COD4 is probably not going to work unless you bring down the video resolution and features.

that's why gamers still play on desktops.

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You'll find a small panel on the back that you can unscrew to add more memory/ram (or change the current card). Here's an illustrated guide: http://www.fonerbooks.com/laptop_2.htm

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You will need to remove the 2-512MB ram that are installed on your computer and buy 2-1GB sticks. There is no other way around this. Download CPU-Z program to find exact memory module needed before you buy the wrong one. Good luck.

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