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Windows 7: Supported graphics card for my Dell Laptop

07 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Supported graphics card for my Dell Laptop

Hi there,

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 15R laptop. It has Intel Core i3 processor (2.30GHz). I wanted to know if there is a graphic card I can put into it to increase the video memory. I really want to upgrade my Graphics performance by installing an additional video card. So, you guys please help me know if I can do that and what graphics card having how much memory are supported for my system?

The specifications of my Dell Laptop are given below, (I am waiting for your replies, please reply on your earliest).

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2350M CPU @ 2.30GHz
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 034W60
BIOS: BIOS Date: 03/22/12 18:29:49 Ver: 04.06.04
Total Memory: 4.00 GB Usable: 3.91 GB
HDD: ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB
Sound Card: (1) IDT High Definition Audio CODEC (2) Intel(R) Display Audio
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1


Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Name: Base Board
Product: 034W60
Version: A10
Removable: False
Replaceable: True


Device ID: VideoController1
Name: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Video Processor: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
Current Resolution: 1366 x 768 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
Video Mode Desc.: 1366 x 768 x 4294967296 colors
Refresh Rate: Min: 60 Hz Max: 60 Hz

Hope this information helps! I am waiting for your replies! Thanks for reading and for your time!

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07 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

You can not upgrade a laptops graphics card.
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07 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

^ Like Anthony said, you can't upgrade a laptops graphics card. If you really want a good computer for gaming/video editing or applications that use a lot of video memory then you should get a desktop.
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07 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, that disappointed me a bit. So what I understand from these statements is that MY LAPTOP HAS NO WAY IT CAN BE UPGRADED OR IT HAS NO SLOT FOR ANY GRAPHICS CARD?
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07 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Well, if you're die hard extreme and would go to hell and back to change a graphics card for your laptop, you can get an expert at experting experts who are experts at their expertise of computering and get those guys to crack it open for you and find a way to change a card.


Most sane people don't bother, so I'm sad to say "YES" to answer your questions.
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07 Sep 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit

Laptops have very limited upgrade options usually limited to the hard drive, and RAM. Everything else is usually built into the motherboard. A processor upgrade may be doable if its socketed. You can't easily swap parts in and out like you can on a desktop PC. Some laptops have upgradable graphics. My Acer Aspire 5920 has very basic Intel onboard graphics and a slot to add a secondary card. Its empty because the upgraded video wasn't specified when it was ordered. I can add a card but it has to ordered from Acer (if they still have any) or bought second hand online. Its a custom made card that only fits that laptop. It's no easy job to install it either, quit a bit of disassembly required. To me its not worth the effort to try and find one and put it in and hope it works.
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