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MattMK45
Jun 5, 2009, 04:58 PM
I have not as yet really tested out the full gaming potential of my powerbook's graphics card but am hoping to get some games like 007 nightfire to test it out. I was just wondering whether this pb would be able to be upgarded to the ATI Radeon 9700 with 128 mb of vram. Just a thought...



Shake 'n' Bake
Jun 5, 2009, 05:03 PM
I have not as yet really tested out the full gaming potential of my powerbook's graphics card but am hoping to get some games like 007 nightfire to test it out. I was just wondering whether this pb would be able to be upgarded to the ATI Radeon 9700 with 128 mb of vram. Just a thought...

Sorry, but all laptops use a graphics card soldered to the motherboard, so unless you replace the logic board, no.

MattMK45
Jun 6, 2009, 07:06 AM
o fair play, just wondering

MattMK45
Jun 11, 2009, 11:16 AM
I'm not intending on doing this but in theory if I did get a new motherboard then replace the graphics card with a new one then would that work or would it just catch fire?

Bill Gates
Jun 11, 2009, 11:40 AM
I'm not intending on doing this but in theory if I did get a new motherboard then replace the graphics card with a new one then would that work or would it just catch fire?
You wouldn't be able to replace the "graphics card" since there isn't a card to speak of. The GPU is soldered to the mainboard, and cannot be replaced by-hand.

MH01
Jun 11, 2009, 11:42 AM
Depends on how mad your soldering skills are!!

The simple answer is NO.

MattMK45
Jun 11, 2009, 12:40 PM
ok thanks everyone for replying. I was wondering if it was possible just because of all the soldering and such and would be a great achievement and I would feel a great sense of induviduality and sheer awesomeness that a powerbook could complete such a task!

Pommy
Jun 11, 2009, 03:20 PM
Sorry, but all laptops use a graphics card soldered to the motherboard, so unless you replace the logic board, no.

Actually, MXM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXM) laptops have upgradable vid cards but it's still a pain in the ass to 1) find another compatible MXM card and 2) install it. You usually see em in "gaming" laptops (like Sagers, etc)

Shake 'n' Bake
Jun 11, 2009, 03:27 PM
Actually, MXM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MXM) laptops have upgradable vid cards but it's still a pain in the ass to 1) find another compatible MXM card and 2) install it. You usually see em in "gaming" laptops (like Sagers, etc)

The NP9280 uses that stuff from what I can see, and it isn't really a laptop. Even Sager says that it is a "desktop replacement."