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#1 Feb 21 2009 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm looking to update my laptop a little bit so that I'll be able to at least play games like fallout 3 on minimum graphics.. Not looking to spend a lot of money either.

Right now I'm thinking the only thing I should have to update is my video card. This is what I have, if there's any other information needed just let me know.. along with how to find it. <.<; Laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A215 if that helps.

Video card: ATI Radeon X1200
Processor: AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64 2.2Ghz
Ram: 4gigs
OS: Vista x86

Edit: This should match it pretty much. There's some discrepancies like the processor but not many. I'm not even sure if anything is integrated or not or if it's possible to connect anything that's dedicated. :/

edit2: Ok, another question to add. The video card says "128MB-319MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory", but everytime I look it seems to only be using 128MB. Am I probably just looking in the wrong places at the wrong times or do I have to do something to make sure it's using the 319MB that it can use. Also, is there any difference at all since it seems to be integrated?

Edited, Feb 22nd 2009 5:18am by Deadgye
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#2 Feb 24 2009 at 1:14 PM Rating: Good
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Unfortunately laptop video cards are one of more annoying features of a laptop in that they cannot be upgraded. The videocard is integrated and there isn't a slot to allow for upgrade, this is not always the case, I believe some alienware laptops did have upgradeable video cards - if you could find a video card to replace it with. The only real way to upgrade a laptop video card is to buy a new laptop. Sorry that this probably didn't help you much, good luck.

Also wanted to mention you may be able to change some of the settings so that your built in video card can utilize more of the system ram which would at least allow it to render more detailed terrain in some games.
#3 Feb 24 2009 at 5:30 PM Rating: Decent
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Also, is there any difference at all since it seems to be integrated?


Almost definitely not. It's also almost always the case that the best way to upgrade a laptop is to sell it before the battery dies.
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#4 Feb 24 2009 at 6:59 PM Rating: Decent
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Smasharoo wrote:

Also, is there any difference at all since it seems to be integrated?


Almost definitely not. It's also almost always the case that the best way to upgrade a laptop is to sell it before the battery dies.


Guess I'll wait until I get a ps3 to play fallout 3 then, lol.. Aside from that game this laptop serves me well so I'll be able to live with it for a few more years. :p
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