Powerbook g4 ati 9600 can you upgarde to the 9700?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    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...
     
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    Shake 'n' Bake

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

    o fair play, just wondering
     
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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    Depends on how mad your soldering skills are!!

    The simple answer is NO.
     
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    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!
     
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    Actually, 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)
     
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    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."
     

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