Topic Title: Possible laptop upgrading paths?
Topic Summary: I have an ATI Radeon Mobility HD 3650. This will not do.
Created On: 11/21/2012 11:22 AM
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 11/21/2012 11:22 AM
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a sticky heresy
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As of late, I have been noticing a few games here and there are just not playing on my computer - it's probably about time my aging graphics card saw an update. The problem is I'm using a gaming laptop, which presents several obstacles.

Firstly, where on earth do you buy laptop graphics cards? I've been hunting around the big names, but I haven't found a thing.

Secondly, what can I get? I currently have an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650, and am leery about getting some fancy new piece of kit that instantly draws more power than this aged beast can handle - and furthermore, the damn thing actually has to fit in the case.

Any help would be appreciated - in regards to actually putting the damn thing in, I've got that covered, though if you have useful hints, I'll hear them with appreciation.

 11/21/2012 11:58 AM
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Have you tried the manufacturer's website? They would have any upgrades if any are available.



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Laptops are not able to change graphics like desktop computers. There is a site that may be able to help you > http://btoforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=39



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 11/21/2012 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by: a sticky heresy Firstly, where on earth do you buy laptop graphics cards? I've been hunting around the big names, but I haven't found a thing.

That's because video cards are often integrated into the laptop's motherboard, which makes replacing them kind of impossible.  Even if it did have a discrete card in an expansion slot, you'd have to find one that fit both within the same power/thermal envelope, and physically in the machine... as you said.

There's been numerous attempts at creating some kind of external graphics module for laptops, which you could just plug in... but so far nothing has really caught on.



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 11/21/2012 02:16 PM
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Laptops are like cellphones these days and are "disposable hardware". Your best option would be to either sell it on eBay (after you securely wipe the hard drive), or donate it to your local school or Goodwill, and get a new Trinity based one. I know the feeling, I've got a MSI-GT-735 with a MR HD 3850 I paid $999.99 for and is outclassed by laptops that cost about half as much these days.

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