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Laptop Upgrades What kind of upgrades can you buy for a laptop, if any? Like graphics or sound cards.

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Memory, Larger capacity hard drive.

Graphics cards for laptop are a big limited and expensive.

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How to Upgrade a Laptop?


Laptops are poor candidates for upgrades, as they are built with such tight confines as to make many parts rather inaccessible. For the normal laptop, there are only three things that you may consider upgrading, and the CPU is not one of them. CPUs are often hard installed on mainboards and the BIOS in the mainboard is often customized for a specific one. Even where you may be able to upgrade, the upgrade option is usually not of sufficient difference to make the cost and effort worth it. You can usually upgrade the hard drive to something larger in capacity and faster in speed. You can upgrade the RAM to the maximum that the laptop allows (most do not come with the max originally to keep the cost lower). You can upgrade the Operating System and software when applicable for better performance. Graphics upgrades, for the most part, are not available, except maybe for some of the newer, higher-end gaming laptops. Most have the graphics integrated into the mainboard and most graphics share the system RAM. Hard drive and memory upgrades can usually be performed thru access doors on the outside of the case. I've seem a few instances where one of the memory modules was tucked internal to the device and it was necessary to remove the keyboard assembly to access it. I've never seem a laptop with more than two memory module slots.

Oct 18, 2016 | PC Laptops

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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 | PC Laptops

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Toshiba Satellite A205-S5825 graphcs upgrade


This is a laptop correct?
If so you cannot upgrade laptop, Unlike a desktop the graphic's processor is built into the motherboard.
As for the CPU it is most likely also incapable of upgrade depending on most of almost all laptops
Laptop's are pretty much incapable of upgrades. (excluding RAM and HDD drives)

Mar 01, 2013 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5825 PC Notebook

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I need to have a latest graphics card in my IBM Thinkpad R52. Can I upgrade it or should I go for buying a new laptop instead?


Hi,

I recommend to buy new unit instead of upgrading it!

The old IBM Thinkpad cannot support anymore new graphic cards and the future applications coming and new hardwares.

Jan 20, 2011 | IBM ThinkPad R52 Notebook

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I have a Dell Latitude D380 laptop with a (Mobil Intel (R) express chipset family graphics card, i was wondering if i can upgrade it, and if i could what i can upgrade to.


Typically, there are _no_ upgrades (except for more RAM, or replacing the disk-drive, or replacing the CD drive with a DVD drive) for a laptop.

Apr 24, 2010 | Dell Latitude D830 Notebook

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I have a dell inpiron 1501 is it possibe to upgrade my graphics in any way?


Dear Sir,

Welcome to Fixya Expert zone,

By analyzing your Dell laptop model it comes with inbuilt graphics card.So you cant able to replace your graphics card,and also it is not possible to install another internal graphic card.So solution is you can buy and install external USB graphics card.

I think it helps to resolve your laptop issue.If you have any problem regarding this issue leave a feedback we were happy to assist you.

Have a nice day!

Nov 24, 2009 | CMB T43 750 Notebook

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Am i able to upgrade my video card on my compaq 6515b???


Laptop motherboards have built-in video graphics chips and therefore you cannot upgrade the video card. There are no expansion sockets available for graphics card upgrades.

Nov 18, 2009 | HP Compaq 6515b Notebook

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What is a graphic card and what is the use of it?


thats depends on what the laptop graphics can support also you cannot replace the graphics card in a laptop only a desktop supports this, you cannot play high res games on laptops because they can't support the demand put on them, you will be able to watch just about any movie you want to, if you feel that you want more graphics then you have to buy a graphics accelerator card that plugs into the USB port, you also have to upgrade the memory to support this.


hope this helps


kind regards

Nov 18, 2008 | Sony VAIO VGN-CR390N/B Notebook

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Acer aspire 5600 shut down


the only way you can upgrade the graphics on a laptop is to purchase a graphics accelerator card that plugs in to the usb slot, its not an upgrade as such but it will allow you to play high res games on the laptop, there would have to be a memory upgrade to go with that also

Nvidia are doing some good laptop accelerators at the moment but they are expensive!!!

kind regards

Nov 17, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5600 Series 5630-6951 Laptop

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Toshiba


If you upgraded from XP to Vista and didn't exceed the minimum system requirements for Vista, then that is why your laptop is "struggling to work". You should have done a compatibility check before the upgrade to see what upgrades you might have needed to install Vista, such as RAM (usually adding the maximum amount of RAM that your MotherBoard will accept/recognize will get you going with Vista. Otherwise to get your laptop back to speed you can reinstall XP (XP runs on a lot less resources than Vista requires). You mention a graphics card, and I can't imagine one that would require you to upgrade to Vista yet, though I could be wrong.
Good Luck.

Nov 16, 2007 | Toshiba Satellite A130-ST1311 Notebook

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