Upgrade video card?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by egyptianeyes, May 30, 2009.

  1. egyptianeyes macrumors newbie

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    I like playing computer games, and my BlackBook runs it fine. I just would like a little more fps. So I was wondering, if I could upgrade my graphics card...GMA X3100 144 MB shared memory. I wanted to know if I could upgrade it, if so, can you suggest some graphics cards? I am also going to upgrade to 4GB RAM. I know that will help with fps, but still. Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You don't have a graphics card so there is nothing to upgrade. Your graphics are provided by part of the Intel core-logic chipset. The chipset is soldered to the logic board, is not removable and is not upgradable.

    The only way to upgrade is to buy a new laptop.
     
  3. jmann macrumors 604

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    I don't think you can upgrade the video card. Apple keeps pretty tight control on these types of things.
     
  4. egyptianeyes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats aggravating... I know the new macbooks have much better graphics cards... Would me using vista to play help with graphics and downloading drivers?
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    It has absolutely nothing to do with "apple control." It's due to the fact that intel integrated graphics are part of the chipset and not a discrete "card" like higher end desktops possess.
     
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Using Vista might help with gaming, but it won't add a graphic card to a MacBook that doesn't have one. :cool:
     
  7. relativist macrumors regular

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    That's one of the reasons I bought my new macbook, the nVidia graphics are much better than my old macbook, which I still have for sale (only put up one craigslist ad so far). I stuck with the white macbook because I wanted to keep firewire and had accessories I wanted to continue to use.
     

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