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Upgrading my Video Card

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I've got a project lappy that I been trying to get up to par. It's an IBM Thinkpad R40 with an Intel P4-M processor @2.0GHZ.

Not the best, but I got it for 50 bucks and it has no defects. So far I've upgraded the RAM to 2gigs (yes 2gigs), added some cooling, and now this video card is bugging me.

My question is: I've got an on-board GPU, is it even possible to upgrade the Video card?
post #2 of 7
Yeah if it has open AGP, PCI, or PCIe buses.

EDIT: Oh its a laptop, sorry didn't see that when I first read it.
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Generally the motherboards for laptops with integrated video don't have PCIe (or AGP in your case) slots, but you'll have to do some Googling for product specs or crack it open and see for yourself
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Most laptops don't have upgradeable video cards, and the ones that do don't make it easy.
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Probably not, especially since there was no standard for laptop AGP GPU's.
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Oh well. I didn't think so.
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Generally, laptops with user upgradeable graphics use nVIDIA's MXM(Mobile PCI-Express Module) slots!!

All the custom built laptops have a MXM slot for graphics upgradeability!!

More on MXM -
-http://www.nvidia.com/page/mxm.html
-http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module

Some Dell Laptops can also be upgraded with newer gpus, only if the gpu is not soldered onto the mobo!! Dell uses its proprietary 'Dell slot' for upgradeable graphics!!(GPUs provided by DELL)

IBM and Lenovo have never ever supported MXM graphics interface!! and mostly use gpus(if any!) directly soldered onto the motherboard!!

so it is impossible to upgrade!!sry!

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