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Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by ytgti, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. ytgti

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    I need some info on Graphic cards. I've got a Laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500, but its only 16mb. I want to upgrade to 64/128mb.

    1. Should i stick with ATI?

    2. To help me search the net for possibilities, Whats the difference with a laptops Graphic card and a normal desktop computers? I keep seing 'PCI' mentioned, are these just for Laptops?

    3. I don't want to spend to much, i just want to be able to play most, or all of the games. So will 64mb be ok. Or should i go for 128mb.

    Cheers.
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Upgrading a lappy Graphics card will cost major bucks!!!!!! for gaming a PC would be better and cheaper. PCI is for desktop not laptop machines.
    Is it shared or stand alone video memory you have?
     
  3. ytgti

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    I haven't a clue. :rolleyes: Whats that mean?
     
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    Shared means the video memory is taken from system memoory. So if you're PC has 128MB of system memory, and 16 MB of video memory the actual amount of system memory is 112MB.

    On most laptops you cannot replace video cards. Some Dell's have replaceable video card slot.

    My laptop SIS 650 is built-in.
     
  5. ytgti

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    Its a Dell 5100. I'm sure its removable, theres panles underneath to remove/replace/add things. I'll have a look in the manual. How could i find out if its shared or not?
     
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    Maybee not. there for a the modem, PCI card.
     
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    Go into the BIOS. Look for a video memory option. If you can increase/decrease video card memory it's shared. My laptop has setting of 16/32/64 MB. If I increase to 64MB- in booting up the computer will report 448MB of RAM (total memory is 512)


    The panels underneath are for battery, hard disc, memory expansion bay, CD-ROM and possibly one for floppy disc.

    Having a look at Dell's site now...
     
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    Cheers nathan :blush:
     
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    Yep.
     
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    It looks like it has dedicated video memory- I cannot see any occurance of "shared" anywhere.

    Usually the better laptops with Geforce/ATI chipset do have dedicated memory, wheras the cheaper models use the system memory.

    Although if you're not playing games or doing Opengl work- no need of a decent video card really.
     
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    Thats the thing, i am.

    I was gonna buy a game the other day, but it wanted 32mb graphics card, minimum. The guy said it wouldn't work at all. Suppose i had to believe him just in case.

    Well, what can i do then?
     
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    Strange. I'm not getting emails for new messages..

    Unless that model has a replaceable video card (it should say so in the manual) you won't be able to replace it.
     
  14. ytgti

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    I am.;)

    I know when you buy it you can choose between 16 & 32mb. If only i knew what i was doing. Oh well.
     
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    Buy/ build a desktop for games
     
  16. ytgti

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    I know. Don't tell me, dont even ask. :suicide:
     
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    on all dell laptop you have a tag no. if you goto dell web site & put that no. in it will get you your spec of that pc latop


    Boogie man

    ps visit forum at bannie.net
     

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