Can I switch without ruining my laptop?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
January 30, 2012 11:55pm CST
I'd like to switch my laptops GPU or whatever it's called to Nvidia I don't like intel and some games and other software don't work without Nvidia if I can safely switch please give me some tips on how to do this safely? thanks I really wanna know.
4 responses
• India
31 Jan 12
in your laptop you can change only RAM or HARD DISC. other thing not possible because everything in laptop already fixed when they made. but if you want to add Nvidia graphic card they can use external graphic card with USB plug.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
31 Jan 12
Oh really explain more about the USB plug in graphics card? please!
• India
31 Jan 12
USB plug means simple same like other USB devices. example: your pendrive. or see this pic http://tech.petegraham.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/67411-usb.jpg (same like USB devices).
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I understand what a usb cable is, but I didn't know about external graphics cards, where can I buy an external graphics card device at a low cost?
• Philippines
13 Feb 12
some laptops has a fixed videocard in it and some has detachable graphic cards my lenovo has one of those detachable anyway I removed mine by removing the monitor first and then I carefully remove the cable after that I removed all the screw just to make sure that I won't break it and that's all it did :)
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
13 Feb 12
I have a IBM think pad T60 with Intel duo and Intel accelerators I wish it had Nvidia instead, I don't like what it has on it now, but the thought of actually taking my laptop apart kinda freaks me out because it's a slightly older model and messing around with it might crash it, and don't have the kinda cash that it would take to fix it so I don't wanna risk I wish there was an easier way to change the graphics card without removing it's parts sigh! I guess I'll have to get another laptop soon.
• Philippines
20 Feb 12
I think it would be better if you just assemble a desktop computer so that you can change whatever part you want easily.
• India
31 Jan 12
I guess you have to contact your laptop manufacturer first.They will let you knw if there is any possibility for upgrading the GPU. And as per my knowledge about it there are no such usb graphic cards as one of the above reponses say. :)
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I looked it up on the net and their are some sort of external devices that allow you to use additional graphics drivers for laptops and desktops.
@dizzy90 (36)
• Romania
11 Feb 12
First of all, very few notebook modeles have their video card detachable from the mainboard, so it`s kinda hard to replace the video card. if you really want to replace the video card you`ll have to replace the entire mainboard with another that contains an nvidia graphic chip and switch the cpu, ram, hdd and stuff to the new one. In general notebooks can be upgradeable when it comes to CPU, RAM, HDD and optical drive. Further investigation need to be made before you can do what you want. You cannot simply reflow another graphic chip onto the mainboard. hope to be helpful.