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Can I upgrade my graphics card?

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February 14, 2013 11:46:32 AM

Hello, my laptop that I bought has a crap graphics card and I'd like to upgrade it, though I don't know if it's integrated or not.

I looked through the forums and found a program called CPU-Z that I could use to find out the specs of my computer, which I used but I still don't know much about it lol I'll post everything that it gave me, save a few things that aren't necessary. Also, if you could explain what some of this means, it would really help me later in life :)  I put everything in the spoiler below:


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Processors
Number of processors 1
Number of threads 4

APICs
Processor 0
-- Core 0
-- Thread 0 0
-- Core 1
-- Thread 0 1
-- Core 2
-- Thread 0 2
-- Core 3
-- Thread 0 3

Timers
ACPI timer 3.580 MHz
HPET timer 14.318 MHz
Perf timer 2.143 MHz
Sys timer 1.000 KHz


Processors Information
Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 4 (max 4)
Number of threads 4 (max 4)
Name AMD Phenom II N970
Codename Caspian
Specification AMD Phenom(tm) II N970 Quad-Core Processor
Package Socket S1 (638)
CPUID F.5.3
Extended CPUID 10.5
Brand ID 15
Core Stepping BL-C3
Technology 45 nm
TDP Limit 34 Watts
Core Speed 2194.5 MHz
Multiplier x FSB 11.0 x 199.5 MHz
HT Link speed 1795.5 MHz
Stock frequency 2200 MHz
Instructions sets MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, x86-64, AMD-V
L1 Data cache 4 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L1 Instruction cache 4 x 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
L2 cache 4 x 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
FID/VID Control yes
FID range 4.0x - 11.0x
Max VID 1.063 V
# of P-States 5
P-State FID 0x6 - VID 0x27 - IDD 7 (11.00x - 1.063 V)
P-State FID 0x3 - VID 0x2A - IDD 6 (9.50x - 1.025 V)
P-State FID 0x0 - VID 0x2E - IDD 5 (8.00x - 0.975 V)
P-State FID 0x10A - VID 0x31 - IDD 4 (6.50x - 0.937 V)
P-State FID 0x100 - VID 0x38 - IDD 2 (4.00x - 0.850 V)


Package Type 0x2
Model 98
String 1 0x3
String 2 0x1
Page 0x0
CmpCap 4
ApicIdCoreSize 4
TDC Limit 28 Amps
Boosted P-States 0
Max non-turbo ratio 11.00x
Max turbo ratio 11.00x
Max CPU COF 22
Core Performance Boost no
P-State 0, FID 0x6 - VID 0x27 (11.00x - 1.063 V)
P-State 1, FID 0x3 - VID 0x2A (9.50x - 1.025 V)
P-State 2, FID 0x0 - VID 0x2E (8.00x - 0.975 V)
P-State 3, FID 0x10A - VID 0x31 (6.50x - 0.937 V)
P-State 4, FID 0x100 - VID 0x38 (4.00x - 0.850 V)
Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 0
Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 1
Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 2
Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 3
Attached device PCI device at bus 0, device 24, function 4
TSC 2194.6 MHz
PERFEVT 2194.6 MHz



Chipset
Northbridge AMD 785GX rev. 00
Southbridge AMD SB850 rev. 40
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 6144 MBytes
Channels Dual, (Unganged)
Memory Frequency 665.0 MHz (3:10)
CAS# latency (CL) 9.0
RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 9
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9
Cycle Time (tRAS) 24
Bank Cycle Time (tRC) 33
Command Rate (CR) 1T
Uncore Frequency 1795.5 MHz

Memory SPD
DIMM # 1
SMBus address 0x50
Memory type DDR3
Module format SO-DIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Nanya Technology (7F7F7F0B00000000)
Size 2048 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part number NT2GC64B8HC0NS-CG
Serial number A0403E6B
Manufacturing date Week 44/Year 10
Number of banks 8
Nominal Voltage 1.50 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
AMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 6.0-6-6-17-23 @ 457 MHz
JEDEC #2 7.0-7-7-20-27 @ 533 MHz
JEDEC #3 8.0-8-8-22-30 @ 609 MHz
JEDEC #4 9.0-9-9-25-34 @ 685 MHz

DIMM # 2
SMBus address 0x51
Memory type DDR3
Module format SO-DIMM
Manufacturer (ID) Nanya Technology (7F7F7F0B00000000)
Size 4096 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part number NT4GC64B8HB0NS-CG
Serial number 38792769
Manufacturing date Week 51/Year 10
Number of banks 8
Nominal Voltage 1.50 Volts
EPP no
XMP no
AMP no
JEDEC timings table CL-tRCD-tRP-tRAS-tRC @ frequency
JEDEC #1 5.0-5-5-14-19 @ 380 MHz
JEDEC #2 6.0-6-6-17-23 @ 457 MHz
JEDEC #3 7.0-7-7-20-27 @ 533 MHz
JEDEC #4 8.0-8-8-22-30 @ 609 MHz
JEDEC #5 9.0-9-9-25-34 @ 685 MHz


Monitoring
Mainboard Model JE51_DN (0x000001E6 - 0x005896CE)

LPCIO
Hardware Monitors
Hardware monitor ACPI
Temperature 0 60°C (139°F) [0xD04] (THRM)

Hardware monitor Battery
Voltage 0 12.16 Volts [0x2F7D] (Current Voltage)
Capacity 0 47520 mWh [0xB9A0] (Designed Capacity)
Capacity 1 40090 mWh [0x9C9A] (Full Charge Capacity)
Capacity 2 40090 mWh [0x9C9A] (Current Capacity)
Level 0 16 pc [0x54] (Wear Level)
Level 1 100 pc [0x64] (Charge Level)


PCI Devices
Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x9601
Revision ID 0x00

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 1 (0x01), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x9602
Revision ID 0x00

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 4 (0x04), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x9604
Revision ID 0x00

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 5 (0x05), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x9605
Revision ID 0x00

Description Serial ATA Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 17 (0x11), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4391
Revision ID 0x00

Description USB Controller (OHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 18 (0x12), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4397
Revision ID 0x00

Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 18 (0x12), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4396
Revision ID 0x00

Description USB Controller (OHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 19 (0x13), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4397
Revision ID 0x00

Description USB 2.0 Controller (EHCI)
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 19 (0x13), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4396
Revision ID 0x00

Description SMBus Controller
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4385
Revision ID 0x42

Description Multimedia device
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4383
Revision ID 0x40

Description PCI to ISA Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 3 (0x03)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x439D
Revision ID 0x40

Description PCI to PCI Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 20 (0x14), function 4 (0x04)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x4384
Revision ID 0x40

Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 24 (0x18), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x1200
Revision ID 0x00

Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 24 (0x18), function 1 (0x01)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x1201
Revision ID 0x00

Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 24 (0x18), function 2 (0x02)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x1202
Revision ID 0x00

Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 24 (0x18), function 3 (0x03)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x1203
Revision ID 0x00

Description Host Bridge
Location bus 0 (0x00), device 24 (0x18), function 4 (0x04)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1022
Model ID 0x1204
Revision ID 0x00

Description VGA Controller
Location bus 1 (0x01), device 5 (0x05), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x9712
Revision ID 0x00

Description Multimedia device
Location bus 1 (0x01), device 5 (0x05), function 1 (0x01)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x1002
Model ID 0x970F
Revision ID 0x00

Description Ethernet Controller
Location bus 2 (0x02), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x14E4
Model ID 0x1692
Revision ID 0x01

Description Network Controller
Location bus 8 (0x08), device 0 (0x00), function 0 (0x00)
Common header
Vendor ID 0x14E4
Model ID 0x4358
Revision ID 0x00


DMI
DMI BIOS
vendor Acer
version V2.13
date 04/25/2011
ROM size 2048 KB

DMI System Information
manufacturer Acer
product Aspire 5552
version V2.13
serial LXR4402253131042621601
UUID {DB790559-86B2-E011-AC12-B870F4B264A7}

DMI Baseboard
vendor Acer
model JE51_DN
revision Base Board Version
serial LXR4402253131042621601

DMI System Enclosure
manufacturer Acer
chassis type Notebook
chassis serial LXR4402253131042621601

DMI Extension Slot
designation J6C1
type AA
populated no

DMI Extension Slot
designation J8C1
type A6
populated no

DMI Extension Slot
designation J7C1
type A6
populated no

DMI Extension Slot
designation J8D1
type A6
populated no

DMI Extension Slot
designation J8B1
type PCI
width 32 bits
populated no

DMI OEM Strings
string[0] Acer
string[1] zB-xne9zlRXGO
string[2] XHaEJI7gJn+MZ
string[3] DN-1RUDylKlj1

DMI Port Connector
designation J1A1 (internal)
designation Keyboard (external)
port type Keyboard Port
connector PS/2

DMI Port Connector
designation J1A1 (internal)
designation Mouse (external)
port type Mouse Port
connector PS/2

DMI Port Connector
designation J2A2 (internal)
designation COM 1 (external)
port type Serial Port 16550A
connector DB-9 male

DMI Port Connector
designation J3A1 (internal)
designation USB (external)
port type USB
connector Access Bus (USB)

DMI Port Connector
designation J3A1 (internal)
designation USB (external)
port type USB
connector Access Bus (USB)

DMI Port Connector
designation J3A1 (internal)
designation USB (external)
port type USB
connector Access Bus (USB)

DMI Port Connector
designation J5A1 (internal)
designation USB (external)
port type USB
connector Access Bus (USB)

DMI Port Connector
designation J5A1 (internal)
designation USB (external)
port type USB
connector Access Bus (USB)

DMI Port Connector
designation J5A1 (internal)
designation Network (external)
port type Network Port
connector RJ-45

DMI Port Connector
designation J9G2 (internal)
designation OnBoard Floppy Type (external)
connector On Board Floppy

DMI Port Connector
designation J7J1 (internal)
designation OnBoard Primary IDE (external)
connector On Board IDE

DMI Port Connector
designation J2A1 (internal)
designation TV OUT (external)
port type Video Port
connector Mini DIN

DMI Port Connector
designation J2A2 (internal)
designation CRT (external)
port type Video Port
connector DB-15 female

DMI Port Connector
designation J30 (internal)
designation Microphone In (external)
port type Audio Port
connector Mini Jack (headphones)

DMI Port Connector
designation J30 (internal)
designation Line In (external)
port type Audio Port
connector Mini Jack (headphones)

DMI Port Connector
designation J30 (internal)
designation Speaker Out (external)
port type Audio Port
connector Mini Jack (headphones)

DMI Processor
manufacturer AMD processor
model AMD Phenom(tm) II N970 Quad-Core Processor
clock speed 2200.0 MHz
FSB speed 200.0 MHz
multiplier 11.0x

DMI Physical Memory Array
location Motherboard
usage System Memory
correction None
max capacity 6144 MBytes
max# of devices 2

DMI Memory Device
designation DIMM0
format DIMM
type unknown
total width 64 bits
data width 8 bits
size 2048 MBytes

DMI Memory Module
designation DIMM0
size 2048 MBytes (single bank)

DMI Memory Device
designation DIMM1
format DIMM
type unknown
total width 64 bits
data width 8 bits
size 4096 MBytes

DMI Memory Module
designation DIMM1
size 2048 MBytes (single bank)

DMI Memory Controller
correction unknown
Max module size 4096 MBytes


Graphics
Number of adapters 1

Graphic APIs
API ATI I/O

Display Adapters
Display adapter 0
Name ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series
Memory size 256 MB
PCI device bus 1 (0x1), device 5 (0x5), function 0 (0x0)
Vendor ID 0x1002 (0x1025)
Model ID 0x9712 (0x0489)
Performance Level 0

Win32_VideoController AdapterRAM = 0x10000000 (268435456)

Software
Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Home Premium Edition 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
DirectX Version 11.0

More about : upgrade graphics card

a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 11:53:40 AM

no you can't upgrade laptop graphics. if you want to game sell it and build a gaming desktop...tom's members will help you make a compatible part list within your budget
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 12:39:51 PM

Yep, if you want to play games, sell the laptop and get a better one - or more preferably, build a desktop. (Cheaper, more powerful, and infinitely more upgradeable.)
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February 14, 2013 1:02:07 PM

What Laptop Model do you have ? I need Laptop Brand and Model/Product Number
February 14, 2013 1:05:02 PM

If you are using Windows you can go to "Start Menu" type "Run" and then type "dxdiag" and it will search your PC and on the 2nd tab labeled Display it will show what graphics you have. But chances are your laptop cannot be upgraded unless it was a custom laptop.
February 14, 2013 9:14:06 PM

Currently I don't have any money lol. I'm in grade 12 and I'll be taking a year to either work or get more credits so I'll be getting the money for this desktop then. As of right now however, I am unemployed Q.Q

So thank you, I'll be back when I have some more cash. :p 

Josh.
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