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  • how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

    ive looked everywhere, and aside from ebay, whose cards are pulled out of broken/stolen laptops, there is not a wholesaler who sells laptop gfx cards outright.. why!
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    Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

    I am pretty sure that changing a laptop graf. card would void you warranty, and they are supposed to be hard to change out.

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    • #3
      Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

      A couple of vendors made laptops with swappable ones, but they never caught on. Probably due to cost.

      That, plus the way machines go these days, the laptop is more than likely obsolete by the time the majority of users went to change out the card.

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      • #4
        Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

        The problem is that there's no standard for laptop card slots that would have the bandwidth to handle video. Without a standard that remains constant from one generation of video cards to the next, it's unlikely that next year's card will fit last year's slot. The laptops that have video card slots may be working with some recent standard.
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        • #5
          Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

          The day you buy a laptop it is obsolete. Just like everything else.

          Laptops now-a-days are commodity. They've flooded the market. If they made them easily upgradable, people would buy LESS new ones and stick with the ones they got.
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          • #6
            Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

            Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
            The problem is that there's no standard for laptop card slots that would have the bandwidth to handle video. Without a standard that remains constant from one generation of video cards to the next, it's unlikely that next year's card will fit last year's slot. The laptops that have video card slots may be working with some recent standard.
            actually that is not true, there is a laptop version of pci-e that has been used since 03 or earlier

            the only difference there could be is the heat pipe and pathway the heat pipe takes
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            • #7
              Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

              Originally posted by Tonk View Post
              actually that is not true, there is a laptop version of pci-e that has been used since 03 or earlier

              the only difference there could be is the heat pipe and pathway the heat pipe takes
              It's just not popular. Not many laptops have this option and not many video cards are made for laptops. Integrated graphics are still far more popular than dedicated laptop video cards. I think I remember seeing the GeForce 7 series available as a separate module for laptops but the 8 series hasn't shown up. The 8 series is only available as integrated graphics.

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              • #8
                Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                dell is the best at being able to upgrade video, but since laptops are very proprietary to brands, no 3rd party will make a card for a laptop.


                and btw, laptops are easy to upgrade almost any part. mem, hdd, cpu, lcd, cdrom, bt, wireless, and sometimes even video.
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                • #9
                  Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                  If you say so, dDog.......I fixed the superdrive in my brother's G4 Powerbook.....I can't see how you could upgrade anything in an Apple notebook except the HD and RAM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                    The G4 Powerbook is probably an exception. The older Macs are very different to other PC hardware and each manufacturer is different in how they design a laptop chassis. A Mac would be quite different if it's not using an Intel CPU. The other components should be fairly easy to replace if you can get the parts. Some take quite a bit of disassembly to upgrade a component and others are quite easy. It also depends on how comfortable you are with disassembling and reassembling computers.

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                    • #11
                      Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                      Back in the day I got a Dell laptop that was a monster. My company paid for it and it cost like $7,500 dollars.

                      When going from Windows NT to 2000 we decided to up grade the memory to like 756k, a lot of memory for the time.

                      Over time the powers that be upgraded almost every part on that thing except for the sound and the screen. They did this because it cost $7,000 and to them it made sense. But the upgrade parts where expensive and hard to find.

                      The new hard drive was almost $800. A new DVD reader was like 400 (getting the MSDN by DVD instead of CD gave a discount of 300 so it kinda paid for itself). I don't even know how much the CPU was. A couple of parts burnt up and they where replace.

                      I some how finagled a new video "card" as well. I got it so I could play baulders gate on my training trip. That actually required a bit of soldering.

                      And now that I think of it they did have to replace the screen. That was another $700.

                      I bet all told that machine cost something like $12,000. But I still have it today sitting out in my garage. I don't use it because the HD is the loudest thing I have ever heard. It was very fast for it's time and it helped in my work, but it is unbearable.
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                      • #12
                        Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                        lol, when was this? what model was it?
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                        • #13
                          Re: how come nobody sells laptop graphic cards?

                          A ways back. I was using Windows NT and it only had one USB port if that gives you any idea.

                          I was a dell inspiron I think. The screen was huge (like 15.4 inches) and did look very good for the time. I remember the TFT acronym.

                          It was a great laptop for the day. It had 2 battery bays and I had four batteries. I could actually run the thing for almost 10 hours straight before the upgrades. Even after the upgrades 8 hours was possible.

                          The point I was trying to make is that laptops are upgradeable. I just am not sure it is worth the expense or effort.
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                          - "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Emerson
                          - "People should not be afraid of it's government, government should be afraid of it's People." - Line from V for Vendetta
                          - If software were as unreliable as economic theory, there wouldn't be a plane made of anything other than paper that could get off the ground. Jim Fawcette
                          - "Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such. It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving." -Friedrich Hayek
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