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November 27, 2009 11:03:25 PM

I've had a Fujitsu Siemens mobile notebook (U9200) for quite some time. As you know they don't exactly come with the best video cards. The one that came with mine is "Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family".

At the same time i'm a big fan of movies and prefer watching them on my laptop. So this winter i was going to buy a 22 inch screen and a wireless keyboard+mouse for excessive home use of this tiny computer.

My question is if my video card will support the resolution of the full HD LCD screen and if i will be able to watch 720p and 1080p movies on it.
The connection i had in mind was a VGA-DVI adapter to screen. I realize that this in itself will lower the quality of the movie.

Thanks in advance :) 
a c 189 U Graphics card
November 28, 2009 4:34:15 AM

I doubt it will run smoothly...
It's a very weak integrated gpu...
a b U Graphics card
November 28, 2009 4:42:04 AM

Hey bcake,

Your chipset supports Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics. I found you a full review on its capabilities here.

An excerpt:

Quote:
The improvements to the video rendering engine are more immediate - video playback is less processor intensive and actually does look better. Playing back HD content stressed the CPU by only 15 per cent using WMV content, and even the usually punishing H.264 trailer suite we use for testing averaged out at an impressive 40 per cent.
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November 29, 2009 12:57:53 PM

brockh said:
Hey bcake,

Your chipset supports Intel GMA X3100 integrated graphics. I found you a full review on its capabilities here.

An excerpt:

Quote:
The improvements to the video rendering engine are more immediate - video playback is less processor intensive and actually does look better. Playing back HD content stressed the CPU by only 15 per cent using WMV content, and even the usually punishing H.264 trailer suite we use for testing averaged out at an impressive 40 per cent.


Thank you very much for the effort. Excuse me if i sound retarded (i dont knowanything whatsoever about integrated graphics cards. But you're saying that i should unscrew my laptop (warranty void) and change the GPU to Intel GMA X3100? Will my CPU of 1.6 ghz support it?
It would be awesome and all, but i wouldn't wanna take the risk =X
a c 189 U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 1:37:27 PM

Intel GMA X3100 is on your laptop. And the review said that video rendering or video playback is more processor intensive...
You know, i think it's better far away when u just using desktop as home theater.
well, that's just my opinion... :) 
Do u have a desktop computer?
a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 3:46:13 PM

Your hardware is good for DVD 480P full screen/wide screen movies. It should work on your LCD 22 inch display via external VGA/DVI link from your notebook.

720P and 1080P resolution is something else. Intel's mobile 4500 Intel chipset/integrated video is not ideal at all. You can observe notable video stutter, some drop frames etc. The 4500 is not a smooth HD-VIDEO player and considering your hardware is generations older, i doubt the quality of video you will have.

Copyright protected media such as Blueray based movies will require HDCP compliant hardware & Software(Blue-Ray ROM Drive, Video Card/Chip, etc). Your notebook certainly don't comply.

Below is the path for intel notebook chipset information. 965 is not HD certified.

You will be fine with DVD-Quality movies.
November 29, 2009 4:20:36 PM

aww :( 
so what do you guys think about the Acer X223HQb?

@wa1 i do, but not in my room where i want it to be =X
a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 6:42:30 PM

What I meant in my post is that your laptop already has an onboard Intel X3100 integrated graphics solution. I think it should handle HD content okay. The screen size (22") matters less than the quality/resolution of the content you're going to be asking it to play. If your screen goes up to 1920x1080 then 1080p will be what you'll have to worry about it since I'm not sure, but it should play 720p fine.
a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 7:19:07 PM


Below is the path for Intel Mobile Chipset / integrated video card. If you are interested with HD 720P and 1080P hardware look for HD-certified hardware. You can cross reference the chipset of the notebook you are trying to buy on these list.


http://www.intel.com/cd/products/services/emea/eng/note...

For more money below is the path of Nvidia mobile graphics reference. It makes the notbook more expensive (~ $100 or more) but in most cases its all worth it.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebooks.html

ATI also has its own of mobile chipset and video cards

http://www.amd.com/us/products/notebook/graphics/ati-mo...

http://www.amd.com/us/products/Pages/graphics.aspx



Before you purchase a notebook look at the specification of the notebook. Specifically look at the mobile-chipset and the video-card that goes with the notebook you are considering to purchase.

Take the time to do some reading and cross reference it to the chipset vendor. In most cases the website are made for non-technical people which is >95% of the buyer.
a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2009 8:02:51 PM

I don't believe he'll want to buy a whole new laptop...
a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2009 1:30:58 PM

bcake....Lets rephraise this

Whatever notebook that you are interested in you can cross reference to Intel , nvidia, and ATI Website to determine if its capable of 1080P video resolution.

http://www.intel.com/cd/products/s [...] 332668.htm


http://www.nvidia.com/object/notebooks.html

http://www.amd.com/us/products/not [...] -4000.aspx

http://www.amd.com/us/products/Pages/graphics.aspx



As to to my previous post your fujitsu notebook is good for DVD-quality movies 480i/p.


On your followup question on Acer X223HQb...Do some reading and cross reference the whatever chipset is on that notebook on the above listed webpages.

The information is mouse-click away




The information is there ... Do some reading and you should be able to figure it by yourself. That would eliminate or reduce mistake.

Mobile chipset/integrated video cards are HD-certified and HDCP compliant.
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