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Upgrading a Radeon HD 4200 series "graphics card" on a laptop?

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium on a HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook and it has an AMD Phenom(tm) II N850 Triple-Core Processor, 2.20GHz
(64-bit OS)

I got this laptop as an upgrade from my base-level Toshiba, but the poor graphics performance is putting a damper on my gaming experience. Could I get some recommendations?
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  1. Like 99% of laptops, you can't upgrade the graphic card.
  2. Can you find the exact model number? When I search HP Pavilion dv7, I get a bunch of laptops with Intel processors.

    Your laptop does not have a graphics card. It's using the CPU's built-in graphics processor. While you may be able to install another processor, anything more powerful than what you have already might overheat the laptop. I'll see what I can find, but don't get your hopes up.
  3. EDIT: Oh, I probably should have checked to see if it was an integrated GPU or not.
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    Laptop gpu is soldered into the motherboard. CPU is the only removable so you can't upgrade the graphics.
  5. So if I can't upgrade the graphics card, is there anything I can do to improve my gameplay?
  6. BrobeCagre said:
    So if I can't upgrade the graphics card, is there anything I can do to improve my gameplay?


    Not really, just optimization. Make sure there aren't any other programs running. Upgrading to Windows 8 if you aren't already on it might give you a few more frames. Sorry we couldn't be more helpful.
  7. Well, I already end unnecessary programs when playing, update my drivers frequently, and keep everything defragged. I guess I'll just have to deal with it till I have more money to spend on a decent gaming desktop.
    Thanks for your help everyone.
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