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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zxspectrum, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Ive never worked on a laptop, ive done all my stuff on desktops pcs, so how would i go about putting a graphics card in a laptop folks, i know thw speace will be a lot tighter , but will it just be a case of put it in the stick the driver cd in ???
     
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  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    usually graphic cards are onboard in laptops - like embedded onto the motherboard BUT there was a new fujitsu siemens i saw a few weeks ago that you will be able to in the future upgrade onto a new card by changing it like you do with the RAM i.e. it will be a small module and you will disable the onboard one.
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Generaly the *only* hardware you can change on a laptop is the memory.

    Everything else is on the motherboard and is not normaly changeable.

    Harry.
     
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  4. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    when you say memory, im assuming you mean only RAM...or can you chamge the hdd aswell?
     
  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Changing the HDD is very machine specific.

    On some laptops it is a major disassembly to get at it. And when you have, only a very few drives will fit, or be recognized by the BIOS (my VAIO is like this).

    On others the drives are relatively easy to get at, and can be replaced easily.

    On yet others (hello IBM) there is a security mechanism in place that means that non-original drives will not work, and a removed drive cannot be read on another machine.

    Harry.
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    that is a bit of a bummer for the person who's drive has failed....
     
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  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Well - he has it backed up - right?

    Harry (looking for a deep shelter against incoming....)
     
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  8. Boycie
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    I have found most backups start when Scandisk starts on every boot :)
     
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