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Hi The Mobile PCI EXpress Module (mxm) a mobile graphics interface is there still a demand for it It's better for end-users to be able to upgrade then pay out for another laptop so is it all profit driven. People still want an easy way to upgrade Do no new laptops have Mobile PCI EXpress Module (mxm) Since it's tricky to upgrade a intergrated card. Your answer is appreciated Thankyou

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It's not about greed or ease of upgrade, it's about compatibility: because, with the except of the LCD panel , all the other components in a laptop are custom in size and specifications, it means that it's practically impossible to upgrade the video card unless the new one has been specifically manufactured to fit in a specific laptop. And usually those specifications are protected by patents so the only one that can make an upgrade card is the original manufacturer.
But they never do it since the life expectancy of a laptop is less than what it takes for the average customer to start thinking that it needs an upgrade.

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Upgrading the Graphics Card in Your Laptop Computer (Yes, it's possible)


At some point in the life cycle of a Laptop, there is usually the demand for better graphics performance. For desktop computers, this is a fairly simple and easy process, and there are a wide range of upgrades available. However, in the case of a Laptop computer, most are told that this is not possible. That in order to upgrade the graphics capability on their laptop they should purchase a brand new expensive model. This is quite frankly, either a misinformed opinion or a bad sales pitch. In this Tip we will explore the graphics upgrade options for Laptops.

METHOD 1: For ANY Laptop with an ExpressCard slot. This method will be something you use at your desk, and it will stay there. This is not a portable option by any means, but it eliminates the necessity of buying a whole new computer. You will need:

1. A Power Supply from a desktop computer.
2. A PCI-Express graphics card of your choosing.
3. HWTools Expresscard to PCI-Express adapter.

The HWTools adapter is a very much barebones kit (85$), and therefore the cheapest alternative compared to overpriced units(750$!!!) from other suppliers that do the exact same thing.

The HWTools site has a very good installation and user manual for the adapter. It is essentially using the computing power of the graphics card and channeling it through the ExpressCard port.

METHOD 2: Netbooks. Sadly, most netbooks do not have an ExpressCard slot and cannot benefit from the method above. The one option available for improving graphics performance ONLY aids in video playback, namely Flash (Youtube) and H.264 video footage. This is done through the installation of a Broadcom CrystalHD card, which essentially offloads video decoding from a slow Netbook processor. An in depth review and test of this card is done by Nick Mertes and can be read here.

METHOD 3: MXM-upgrade! Yes, some laptops support what is known as the MXM graphics card format. These cards can actually be removed from your laptop and upgraded with better cards of the same format. The lists of MXM compatible laptops can be found HERE, and HERE. The site MXM-upgrade.com is dedicated to helping those with MXM to upgrade their laptop graphics.

That is all and I hope this has been informative helpful.

on Oct 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How do i change my graphics card


Yes, and no.

Pretty clear huh? lol!

Let me explain a few rudimentary things first. May be a long read, and a 'bumpy ride'.

ONE:
Laptop manufacturers tend to 'exaggerate', in order to sell laptops.
They can get away with this due to their 'advertising license'.

"This laptop has an XXXXXX graphics card"

When in reality it isn't a graphics card. It is a graphics chipset soldered directly to the motherboard.

The term 'graphics card' is used rather loosely.

A graphics card is actually a graphics adapter card.

The graphics chipset is soldered to a circuit board, or 'card'.

The circuit board has contact pins on it, which plug into a connector on the motherboard.

This is a basic example for a desktop computer,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7168071

A graphics card made by Powercolor, and uses the AMD ATI Radeon HD5450 graphics chipset.

Left-click on the photo of the graphics card shown at the top.
It will come up in a separate window.
In the views at the Bottom, click on the second view from the left.

Here you will see the gold plated contact pins.
To show the gold plated contact pins in more depth, let's look at an average SO-DIMM ram memory module, for a laptop,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1GB_DDR2_SO-DIMM.png

[ You can click on the photo to enlarge. You can enlarge twice ]

These gold plated contact pins go down into a slot. A graphics card slot. (Expansion slot on the motherboard)

For laptops that TRULY do use a graphics adapter card, they use the MXM technology. There IS a graphics adapter card, and it DOES plug into the motherboard.

This is an example of an ATI Radeon HD5450 MOBILE graphics card, that uses the MXM technology,
(Mobile meaning for a laptop. Laptops are a Mobile computer. Can take it with you wherever you go),

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5450-MXM-Type-A-Graphics-Card-512MB-DDR3-608544-001-/190626056695?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item2c6232c9f7

Here you see the gold plated contact pins again. Means this mobile graphics card, (Mobile meaning laptop), plugs into the laptop's motherboard.

It is mounted to the laptop's motherboard, with screws through those brass ringed holes you see. (Probably with just two holes)

MOST laptops do not use a graphics adapter card, based on the MXM technology.
They just have a graphics chipset soldered directly to the motherboard.

Let's regress for a moment, and let me explain Chipset, GPU, and BGA surface mount.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

[ A Processor is just ONE example of an Integrated Circuit ]

G.P.U. stands for Graphics Processing Unit,

The chipset, or Integrated Circuit, for graphics, is a GPU,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

Left-click on the photo to the upper right, that the heading states,
GeForce 6600GT (NV43) GPU

The actual GPU (Goldish/brown square), is in the center of that square
green circuit board. The GPU uses the green circuit board, to connect to the motherboard.

The entire thing you see is termed as the graphics chipset, or GPU.
This is because that circuit board is actually part of it.

BGA surface mount:
Ball Grid Array,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_grid_array

To explain a BGA surface mount;

Compare to an older Intel Pentium 4 processor, that uses a Socket 478 processor socket,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_478

This particular processor socket has 478 socket holes.
The bottom of the Intel Pentium 4 processor, has 478 contact pins sticking out of the bottom.

With a BGA surface mount there are No contact pins on the chipset, (GPU in this case), nor are there socket holes.

The bottom of the graphics chipset has Solder Balls.
The motherboard area where it mounts, has matching Copper Pads.
(The copper pads have a gold plating on them)

The graphics chipset is set into place, over the matching copper pads on the motherboard, and then heat is applied.

Heat is applied at a specific temperature, and length of time.
This action melts the solder balls, which in turn solders the graphics chipset TO the copper pads.

[ Which in turn of course, solders the graphics chipset TO the motherboard ]

IF, you have a graphics chipset, THAT uses the MXM technology, and IS an actual graphics adapter card, you MAY be able to upgrade it.

IF, the graphics chipset is Integrated Graphics, and therefore uses the BGA surface mount, I would forget about it.

Replacing means using a BGA Rework Machine.

However things get more complicated, than just replacing a graphics chipset, that uses the MXM technology.

It isn't, " OH, it's a graphics card? I'll just take it out, and use a better graphics card."

Depends on what the motherboard chipset is, and what type of graphics interface it uses. PCI, or AGP, or PCI-Express.

(PCI, and AGP, and PCI-Express, are technologies. Doesn't just refer to the type of expansion slot )

Let's look at the specifications, for the Gateway NV59C41u Notebook PC,...(Continued in an additional Comment)


May 17, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Update video card


Interesting.

The HP Pavilion dv4000 series of Notebook PC's use the MXM-SIG MXM technology.
(Mobile pci-eXpress Module,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXM

Nvidia made the MXM module for the Pavilion dv4000 series of Notebook PC's.
It is an Nvidia G73M-256

(The M stands for Mobile. Laptops are mobile devices. The 256 stands for the graphics memory amount in MegaBytes. {MB) This is a unit from the Nvidia GeForce G0 7600 graphics controller)

This is the motherboard. An Asus A8SN-CF (Phoenix)

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00858789&product=1132535#N159

(Click on Video)

This is information about MXM upgrades,

http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/

Since Nvidia no longer directly supports the MXM platform, but does it through MXM-SIG, these guy's are the ones to ask IMHO.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Jun 26, 2011 | HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook

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I cont play 3d games graphic card is there in acer aspire 4720z


* The system configuration of Acer Aspire 4720Z PC Notebook is :

160 GB or larger hard disk drive / 5-in-1 card reader / 512 MB or 1GB DDR2 533 MHz DIMM module / Intel Pentium dual-core mobile processor technology T2310 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.46, 533 MHz FSB), Mobile Intel GL960 Express Graphics Chipset.

* Your system have "Mobile Intel GL960 Express Graphics Chipset" graphics accelerator card embedded in the motherboard. Like most of the laptops/notebooks, there is no room for upgrading the graphics card in the motherboard!

* But you can upgrade the RAM upto 2 GB using two DDR2 DIMM memory modules.

* If you want to play 3D games with better performance, switch to Windows XP SP2 and upgrade the RAM!

* If you want to upgrade the memory (RAM), you can check this site : http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com/c-60093-acer-aspire-4720-series-as4720z.html

please rate this advice if it helps

Nov 17, 2010 | Acer Aspire 4720 Notebook

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Can i get an graphics card for my acer aspire 4720 model????


Yes actually, the Acer Aspire supports the MXM format mobile graphics cards. There are not many laptops that support this, but your series of Acer laptop does.

http://www.acersupport.com/acerpanam/manuals/acer/0000/servicemanuals/Aspire_4320_4720_4720G_4720Z_Nestos_SG.pdf

http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/Table.html

From these sites, your laptop supports MXM Type II, and should work with HD4570 or HD4650 cards. Both available on ebay.

Cheaper solutions would involve external graphics using the Expresscard slot on your laptop. This solution will work for all laptops with Expresscard, but it is not mobile.

http://www.hwtools.net/Adapter/PE4H.html

Sep 27, 2010 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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How do I find my graphics card on acer laptop 4720z and change settings to best play games


* The system configuration of Acer Aspire 4720Z PC Notebook is :

160 GB or larger hard disk drive / 5-in-1 card reader / 512 MB or 1GB DDR2 533 MHz DIMM module / Intel Pentium dual-core mobile processor technology T2310 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.46, 533 MHz FSB), Mobile Intel GL960 Express Graphics Chipset.

* Your system have "Mobile Intel GL960 Express Graphics Chipset" graphics accelerator card embedded in the motherboard. Like most of the laptops/notebooks, there is no room for upgrading the graphics card in the motherboard!

* But you can upgrade the RAM upto 2 GB using two DDR2 DIMM memory modules.

* If you want to play 3D games with better performance, switch to Windows XP SP2 and upgrade the RAM!

* If you want to upgrade the memory (RAM), you can check this site : http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com/c-60093-acer-aspire-4720-series-as4720z.html

please rate this advice if it helps...tc! :)

Jan 13, 2010 | Acer Aspire 4720 Notebook

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I have a asus p5ld2-vm/s motherboard for which i want to buy a graphic card i dont know what type the board supports either agp or pci-x.can any one help me


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Nov 26, 2008 | ASUS P5LD2-VM Motherboard

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Ram and pci-e slots


We would have a model number to answer your question.

May 15, 2008 | Mitac Computers & Internet

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PCI


"As of 2007, PCI Express has replaced AGP as the most common interface for graphics cards on new systems. With a few exceptions, all graphics cards being released today (2008) from ATI and NVIDIA use PCI Express. NVIDIA uses the high bandwidth data transfer of PCIe for its newly developed Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology, which allows two graphics cards of the same chipset and model number to be run as a pair, allowing increased performance. ATI also has developed a dual-GPU system based on PCIe called CrossFire. Towards the end of 2007, AMD released a motherboard chipset, the AMD 790FX, which supports up to four PCIe x16 slots, allowing tri-GPU and quad-GPU configurations for ATI cards.
Uptake for other forms of PC expansion has been much slower and PCI remains dominant. PCI Express is commonly used for onboard gigabit ethernet and wi-fi but add-in cards are still generally PCI, particularly at the lower end of the market. Sound cards, modems, serial port cards and other cards with low-speed interfaces are still nearly all PCI. For this reason most motherboards supporting PCI Express offer legacy PCI slots as well."

Source/Link: WikiPedia

Please let me know if this helps. Good luck!

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