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Onboard Graphics vs. Graphics Cards

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August 29, 2012 8:07:44 PM

Heyo! I plan on building a laptop decent (and a little beyond) for gaming. However, my last laptop had an onboard graphics card that certain games (mainly from Steam) couldn't detect. Say that I were to build an NVIDIA graphics card onto my laptop, would it then be able to detect that rather than having the inability to detect the graphics card?
a b U Graphics card
a b D Laptop
August 29, 2012 9:23:02 PM

More than likely, the Steam games didn't find something like say a hardware T&L engine or a specific pixel shader model version that a game needed to run. You would have a far better chance of games working on a laptop with a dedicated GPU as opposed to some kind of integrated video chip.
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