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I got a new laptop yesterday with some pretty good specs... dual 2.0 GHz cores, 4GB RAM, 300GB HDD...

But the graphics chip is the weak link. Can it be upgraded?
 

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I got a new laptop yesterday with some pretty good specs... dual 2.0 GHz cores, 4GB RAM, 300GB HDD...

But the graphics chip is the weak link. Can it be upgraded?
That depends on the laptop, we need more info before we can answer
 

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Toshiba Satellite A305
64bit OS (Vista Home Premium)
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.00 GHz
4.0 GB RAM
Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
358 MB Total available graphics memory

What else might you need?
 

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It does appear to be integrated, check the manual to be sure. If it is a "high end" laptop I'd say yes ...
 

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I.M.O.: Only if the laptop had a PCI Express slot.
 

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I.M.O.: Only if the laptop had a PCI Express slot.
I think you mean ExpressCard slot and I believe that those are used as replacements/additional PCMCIA card slots.
 

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Originally there were going to be Express Card graphics cards but it was found the heat and power required wouldn't work. Heat is the main problm. Can't keep it cool. The upgraded Nvidia graphics cards are Mini PCIe, but they are made to each laptop and are not interchangeable. It has to come from the laptop maker and be mad for your model laptop. The PC makers don't sell them that way but you might get a "replacement part" or very slim chance of an Ebay broken laptop of the exact same model. Even then I don't know if it will work in a laptop that caame with Intel graphics instead of Mini-PCIe graphics. Normally it only works going from say a 128 MB card to a 256 MB card.

The intel 965 is better than the older Intel laptop graphics. The Intel graphics card uses a lot less battery in a laptop than an upgraded separate card.
 

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These slots are used to expand your laptop, you can add Firewire ports, SATA external disk drives,TV tuner cards, memory card readers, etc ...
 

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The best use for the Express Card slot I've found is very fast data transfer for an external eSATA drive. It's much faster than USB2. Get an Express Card to dual eSATA card or even a single eSATA and an external eSATA drive.
 

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