Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Intel 4500MHD Switchable graphics/external card?


12 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Intel 4500MHD Switchable graphics/external card?

Hey guys. I recently bought an Acer Travelmate 5740. I didn't realise how bad the 4500MHD graphics were and I have heard about external graphics cards and 'switchable graphics'.

I did a few googles but obviously I am searching the wrong stuff. I have a chipset that allows switchable graphics, so is there a way of upgrading my graphics to something better? I don't mind spending a bit of money to get a lot more bang for my buck and I have heard ATI has external graphics that sync with internal ones or something.

Would I be able to upgrade this card (or remove it for a better one) could I pay a professional to do that for me, and where would I buy the new GPU?

Thanks for helping.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

12 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums.
Quote:
I have heard about external graphics cards and 'switchable graphics'.
Here is an article on basically what "switchable" Graphics in Laptops is all about. Nvidia automates switchable mobile graphics with Optimus - TechSpot News

I realize this is about Nvidia but it also should apply with any combination of GPU's.

Quote:
I have a chipset that allows switchable graphics, so is there a way of upgrading my graphics to something better?
No not really since the GPU chips are soldered into your motherboard. So even if you could find someone capable of removing the 4500MHD chip he would also need to find and purchase a higher quality GPU chip that most likely wouldn't be able to simply be re-soldered into the old chips socket, then their could be all kinds of compatibility issues I would think.
Basically your stuck with what you have.

I have only been able to find this setup that allows for the use of a full size PCI-e graphics card.
http://www.magma.com/expressbox1.asp

The only video I could find on how it is setup http://www.externalgraphicscard.com/

This is really not a solution for your issue since this requires a laptop with a PCMCIA port, the MagmaBox1, additional LCD and a full size better graphic's card.

Also below this thread you'll see other threads on your graphics chip and also switchable graphics information.
Hope this helps answer some of your questions and I haven't made it to confusing as you can see I have edited this post(several times) trying to provide the best information available . Fabe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Intel 4500MHD Switchable graphics/external card?




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Intel 4500MHD Switchable graphics/external card?
Thread Forum
Switchable Graphics Intel 4000 Drivers Installation Graphic Cards
Solved Disable ATI radeon switchable graphics or use Intel HD by default Graphic Cards
Switchable Graphics Card Graphic Cards
Intel GMA 4500MHD problem Graphic Cards
intel gma 4500mhd will it play GTA 4 Gaming
Intel GMA 4500MHD Crashing Randomly Graphic Cards
Intel GMA 4500MHD? Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:49 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33