laptop video ?

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woods787

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#1
Would anyone know where I can get a video card for a Gateway Solo 5300 laptop? The one in it now is a S3 Savage IX AGP SVGA 8192KB. I'm a real dummy when it comes to laptops. Thanks for any help.
 
jimbo1763

jimbo1763

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#2
I don't know that model specifically, but I doubt you can find a card, as such, for that machine. In most laptops, the video aspect of things is built into the motherboard. And even if it is not so integrated, it is not meant to be changed out or upgraded. There has been some movement in the technology lately to have the video card for a laptop be somewhat ungradeable, but I don't think it has gotten mainstream yet. It certainly is not like what you can do on a desktop machine.
 
Todd a

Todd a

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#3
Well you could get a Radeon 9800 if you wanted... of course it comes in a laptop already, so you might as well throw out your old one! :p
 
Todd a

Todd a

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#4
Sorry about that sarcasm there. But really only about 1% of current laptops can replace the graphics card in them and this is a VERY new feature. If it is more than about 6 months old or so then your laptop definately lacks this feature. The other thing is these are not generally sold seperately so even with aremovable card, it requires dissasembling of the system and can normally be perchased and installed where you bought it.

VoodooPC was promoting a laptop line that had a removable card. They would also install an upgrade card for free, but of course you had to buy the card from them. Also you can generally only go so far up or down on a single platform. I think they had a 9600 and 9700 in various memory quantities and you could get the 9600 with say 64MB and trade up later if you wanted to the 9700 with 128MB. cost wise it was not that good of a deal. Likely it could not go into the 9800 range with the same platform. This is one of the biggest drawbacks about laptops. You can only upgrade a few things... memory, and hard drive basically, before you need to just replace it.
 
krupted

krupted

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#5
too bad they never made a laptop basic standard.

The cases would be a little thick, but they could pull it off.

chip, memory, hdd, video would all be replaceable and even a pci-ex port could be in there.

Maybe they will once all of the new standards like pciex and sata gain mainstream. Cost of this standard would is most likely holding them back, and when things get smaller they get cheaper
 
jankerson

jankerson

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#6
How true.

My new Dell 5160 has removable cards, video, wireless nic and the memory, HD etc.

So if I want to upgrade to a better Vidoe card later on I could.


You might want to check first to see if the video card is removable. There should be a door that you can open on the bottom to gain access to the pci slots.
 
Todd a

Todd a

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#7
I doubt you could upgrade it very far as too much changes between models. Likely if the computer had 3 choises when you got it for graphics, those three choises would be it. That way if say you got a Radeon 9600 with 64MB, you might be able to change it to a Radeon 9700 with 256MB later, but not the 9800 or x800 later.
 
jankerson

jankerson

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#8
Yeah maybe, but then I didn't buy it for a gaming machine as I have my Desktop to play games on. :)