replacing graphics cards on laptops

October 23, 2005 at 08:52:38
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I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade or replace a graphics card on a laptop. How about the processor? Particularly the gateway laptops.

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October 23, 2005 at 09:30:14

Most laptops have on-board graphics. There are some laptops with upgradeable video hardware but they are expensive. Most laptops have the graphics on board and therefore they are not replaceable.

Upgrading the CPU depends if the CPU is socketed or permanently soldered to the motherboard. If it is an older CPU finding a suitable replacement could be a bit difficult. Laptop CPUs are different than desktop CPUs and are not that easy to find as people don't generally build there own laptops.


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October 23, 2005 at 11:10:53

I haven't screwed with Gateway laptops, but in the case of Thinkpads, generally you can download the "hardware maintenance manual" which (for Thinkpads) will tell you all you need to know about replacing parts, upgrading CPU's, etc.

You just might try Gateway support........

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October 23, 2005 at 22:11:57

Generally NO, no way, not at all. If you want to monkey around with a machine, get a desktop.

You can avoid many of these Windows problems with Linux. Linspire eases the transition for new users

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October 30, 2005 at 19:55:27

lol ok thnx for the replies. would toshiba satellite laptops be any different?

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