graphics card for laptops

February 17, 2009 at 01:33:34
Specs: Windows XP
can we put external graphics on some laptops?

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February 17, 2009 at 09:57:28
The term "card" is frequently used incorrectly.

A graphics "card" is NOT a card unless it is a removable physical card you can install in a slot on the mboard, or similar, on the mboard or directly connected to it, internally, inside the case.
All graphics cards are graphics (display) adapters, but not all graphics (display) adapters are cards.

Only higher end laptops have actual graphics adapters that are physically removable cards you may be able to replace with a different or better one - otherwise the graphics adapter (NOT a graphics card) is built into the mboard.

If you don't mind using an external monitor there are lots of choices.

E.g. (these all have Canadian prices - oops, if you're in the US)

USB Video Adapter for an external monitor

If you just want a TV tuner which may also have the ability to input and process video more ways, etc.

USB TV tuner

ExpressCard TV tuner

You can also get USB, ExpressCard and maybe PCMCIA (PC Card ) slot video capture devices, which have the ability to input and process video more ways, etc.

NOTE that USB devices of these types will often NOT work or NOT work properly unless that are plugged directly into a USB port directly connected to the mboard.
They may NOT work when plugged into a port in a USB hub that is plugged into one USB port directly connected to the mboard, even if it is a "powered" hub that has an external power adapter. If you need more directly connected USB ports, you will need to get yourself a PCMCIA or ExpressCard USB 2.0 controller adapter.

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