February 19, 2008 6:32pm CST
Hi all, A friend of mine told me that I could get a portable videocard for my laptop that go's into my pcmia slot. But I couldn't find it on the internet. Has any of you ever heared of a portable video card that you can plug in to extend your video memory. With kind regards, MOnline
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20 Feb 08
MOnline,I just typed out a long message in response to this but my login timed out and since MyLot doesn't allow pasting into posts I can't resubmit it without typing it all from scratch. Lets see if I can remember it all. It looks like you left out the second "C" in your acronym. It should have been PCMCIA instead of PCMIA. You can remember this by using the mnemonic "People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms" the first letter of each word makes up the term PCMCIA. Now that that's out of the way there are two types of these devices. The first is usually a combination TV tuner/Video capture card used to watch or record video from an external source such as a VCR, DVR or Cable tv connection using a standard Component or bnc style connection. The second type like the one found here: http://www.fadfusion.com/selection.php?product_item_number=10161202043 is a video adapter allowing you to connect to an external device such as a VGA or digital video monitor, or possibly to a recording device allowing you to record video playing on your laptop or view it on another device besides the laptop's built in monitor. It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish??? If you are actually hoping to upgrade an older 64MB video card using a PCMCIA 256 or 512 Megabyte video adapter, you won't get the results you're hoping for. The laptop's video controller is built into the motherboard. The only way to upgrade the controller is to replace the motherboard. Usually with laptops its cheaper to get a new laptop.
20 Feb 08
Hi willfulboy, Let me first thank you for taking the time to type your long reply again. I have the same problem some times and it is really irritation to have your session time out. As for the PCMCIA you where right I did leave out the second C. Thanks for the mnemonic maybe now I can remember always forget how its spelled ;). (Very bad for me being a student software enginering ;)). I guess its time to buy a new laptop because its true I want to upgrade my (16MB) video adapter to something a bit more powerfull. With kind regards, MOnline
24 Feb 08
As for most (almost every) laptop out there, there is no way to upgrade the video card. It's usually an integral part of your main chipset (a.k.a. integrated graphics), e.g. intel GMA9xx, ATi Radeon Xpress 200/1100. Even on expensive gaming laptops that have a dedicated video card with it's own framebuffer (e.g. nVidia GeForce 8600GT-M with dedicated 256MB Framebuffer), the graphics chip & framebuffer is soldered onto the mainboard. There was some talk a few years ago of a removable (and thus upgradeable) standard for mobile video cards, called the Mobile PCI-Express Module (MXM), but it hasn't gained much popularity. At least, I haven't seen a single laptop that uses this standard, let alone the MXM cards. Although, according to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module), there are apparently some companies who produces laptops and graphics cards for this particular standard.
20 Feb 08
Hi thank you for your reply. I want to buy a new video card only problem is is it possible to build one into a laptop. I heared of putting a videocard in a pcmcia slot but as you can read in the previous reply its just a myth ;). With kind regards, MOnline
20 Feb 08
your lappy needs to have a moble edition graphics card built in or have the internal pci-e slot so that you can add in a card..... i haven't seen any cards on newegg or any other sites accept on ati.com.... if you find anything then go for an ATI card there new line is easier on power and is a better bang for the buck