View Full Version : Graphics upgrade on laptop

05-28-2005, 02:45 PM
Hi all,

I want to be able to play games on my laptop, not the top end games like HL2 and Rome TW, but muc simpler games, e.g. te first colin mcrae games.

Only thing they want work because of the lack of a graphics card, is there any hardware i can get hold of to help this problem, or am I going to need to buy a new laptop?


05-28-2005, 02:49 PM
I take it that you have integrated-onboard graphics at the moment yeah? I don't think a graphics upgrade is possible because of all the components are tightly integrated into the motherboard, so you might have to get a new laptop ;)

05-28-2005, 03:43 PM
yeah everything is onboard i assume, i guess there is no external card that can be fitted, is that just a long shot?

05-28-2005, 03:49 PM
I don't think that there is a way in which you could connect a external graphics card or something :confused:

What is the make/model or spec of your laptop?

05-28-2005, 08:36 PM
Me neither I dont think there is a way to connect a external graphics card.

05-28-2005, 09:14 PM
i'm not sure if you can get usb graphics cards, but you can get usb sound cards.


05-28-2005, 09:46 PM
Nah I don't think there is, I say get a new laptop :)

05-29-2005, 11:24 AM
You cant just get a new laptop Weazel some people dont have loads of money like you!

05-29-2005, 11:39 AM
some people dont have loads of money like you!

heh....I haven't got any money either :|

05-29-2005, 11:58 PM
I saw a pcmcia video card but unless the onboard graphics on your laptop is from the stone-age that probobly won't help much (http://www.expansys-usa.com/product.asp?code=119870). If your computer is new and fancy enough there are some graphics card interfaces for laptops like Nvidia's MXM and ATI's Axiom. Ati has there mobility x600:
(http://www.ati.com/products/mobilityradeonx600/index.html). Some interesting articles on this topic:

05-30-2005, 09:45 AM
thanks kwhubby, these devices are internal though??
I cannot tell from the info on the websites.

05-31-2005, 07:11 PM
That stuff on MXM and such is a new thing that you might start seeing on new notebooks that have PCI Express in them which would allow you to upgrade the graphics card in your laptop if it were fitted with such a device.