Solved How do I upgrade the graphic card in my DELL 1555?

July 5, 2012 at 15:50:30
Specs: Windows 7, 2
How do I find out what kind of Graphic Card my Dell 1555 has? and how do I find what kind of expansion slots are available to take an upgrade?

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July 5, 2012 at 15:57:08

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July 6, 2012 at 05:47:21
It's a laptop and doesn't have a card or expansion slots for the video. The video is on the motherboard and can't be changed.

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July 6, 2012 at 09:48:49
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The term CARD is frequently mis-used. A device adapter is NOT a CARD unless it's on a physical card that plugs into a slot on, or a slot directly connected to, the mboard, and can be installed or removed.

Your computer does NOT have a video CARD, it merely has a video adapter built into one of the mboard's main chipset chips.
That applies to most laptops and netbooks, unless they are a high end model that costs more and actually has a video CARD and a slot on the mboard that it plugs into, and in that case there may be no other possible video CARD you can use, or only one or a few other CARDS you can use, in any case they're usually difficult or impossible to find.

You can buy USB video adapters (they're NOT CARDS in my opinion), but they only change (e.g. allow you to connect a DVI connection when the computer doesn't have one, and/or connect more than one external monitior) or improve (more possible resolutions) the connection situation for (an) external monitor(s) - they don't significantly upgrade the performance of the video adapter on the laptop on the netbook itself (the USB ports can only supply a max of 500 ma (USB 1.x or 2.0); 2.5 watts at +5 v, or 900 ma (USB 3.0); 4.5 watts at +5 v ).

If you would not mind using an external monitor and your computer not being as portable.....

Since you DO have an ExpressCard slot on your computer....

How to use a specialized ExpressCard adapter to use a desktop video card:

...but that will be expensive to do if you don't already have a spare desktop video card and a spare desktop power supply.

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July 6, 2012 at 16:30:18
Thanks for the feedback guys;
I found the info below in the Manual

Does this mean there is an option to upgrade the laptops graphic capabilities through using the ....

Mini-Card Slots

With the advent of PCI Express technology on portables, a new type of expansion slot replaced the older Mini PCI slot, the Mini-Card slot. This new form factor is roughly half the size and is based on PCI Express x1 and USB 2.0 technology, making Mini-Cards much faster than the older Mini PCI cards. Primarily, these cards are used for wireless options, including WWAN and WLAN.
The Mini-Card and host socket are based on a single 52-pin card-edge type connector for its system interfaces. The host system connector is similar to a small outline dual in-line memory module (SODIMM) connector and is modeled after the Mini PCI Type III connector but without side retaining clips, rather relying on two card-retention mounting points at the opposite end of the card. I/O connectors on a Mini-Card are placed at the end opposite of the system connector.
With both PCI Express x1 and USB 2.0 interfaces defined for the Mini-Card, the computer manufacturer has the option to only accommodate one of these interfaces in a given platform or socket. In addition, the LED interface provides for three separate indicators, one each associated with WLAN, WWAN, and WPAN technologies. A recommended usage model covers indications for various states of radio operation including on, off, searching/associating, and transmit/receive activity.
The Studio1555/15 system has three Mini-Card slots located on the bottom of the system beneath the access cover. This system supports the WLAN, WWAN, WPAN, Broadcom High Definition Video Decoder, and Intel Turbo Memory Mini-Card types.

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July 6, 2012 at 16:34:49
No, it won't work well if not at all, plus you need a heatsnk to cool it and there is no space in a laptop for an extra heatsink or a fan.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.

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