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A friend of mine has an hp dv7-2270us laptop and she is wanting to upgrade the graphics card inside of it. The only issues is, I cannot seem to find anywhere to be able to buy a 'Mobility Radeon HD 5650' which is the successor to the card in her laptop right now(the Mobility Radeon HD 4650). If anyone can point me to somewhere where we might be able to purchase this from that would be awesome. From doing some research it looks as if the card in her laptop is an MXM, which means that it is no soldered to the board and can be pulled out.
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They would be very hard to find if at all.

That would be assuming it works with your chipset and everything else. I remember when I used to repair acers they could only send the same model as the one that was getting replaced as the rest of the machine didn't boot otherwise. It could have just been acer though.

Don't forget it would produce more heat, may be a different size, suck more power down etc.

There's a reason you can't upgrade them easily I guess. You could try giving HP a call or ebay, other then that I have no idea.
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Contact XoticPC, Sager, or Malibal by phone or e-mail. They usually have a lot of mid to high end laptop GPU's available.
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Upgrading a laptop GPU is very difficult, but it can be done. You should do more research on things like how much power the new card will draw, and how much heat it puts out. You also have to make sure the heatsink will fit properly, and that the card will fit in the case itself.

There are also a few different types of mxm, the current gen types are a and b. I think both cards are mxm type a, so you're in luck there. There are a host of other problems you can encounter though, everything from physical space issues to chipset to bios whitelisting.
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Go to notebookreview. Some people sell GPU's there but keep in mind there are different MXM revisions and some makers like Asus use a reverse design.
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