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Old 09-21-2006, 11:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it possible to upgrade the Video card in my insppiron 8200 i have the Nvidia Geforce and wanted to know if there is a better card i can get. Also what other upgrades can be done if any to run games smoothly off of my laptop?
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I very highly doubt it.
you can probabbly upgrade the CPU though, and the RAM
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what upgrades would you reccomend. I have 1 gig ram and 1.8 ghz Intel processor but it doesnt hold up to well to games.
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Theres not much you can really do with it. Not made for gaming at all. Get a decent cheap desktop to start with.
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isn't that a laptop? if so, there is no upgrading the graphics card. the CPU you may be able to do, with a lot of know how and a steady hand lol. RAM is definatly do-able, as i think there is a screw off thing on the bottom
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No no no, the Inspiron 8200 has upgradable graphics. Very few laptops have this but this one does. What gpu are you currently running? Geforce 2go, 4go, what?
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I believe i have the best one available the year the inspiron 8200 came out its the top top of the line one for that year its was like a $3200 machine I know it is a GEForce but i have to check when I get home whether it is the 2go or 4go

I think its a 64MB GeForce
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That would be hte 4go then, I upgraded to that identical card when I had my Inspiron 8100. Let me take a look and see what upgrades are available to you, you should have 2-3 different options.

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Okay the best I was able to find is a Radeon Mobility 9000, basically this is somewhere between a geforce 3 and geforce 4ti. I t does add hardware direct x8 so it can paly newer games and it's faster than what you've got, but it's not going to be a huge jump. Here's a link to the card and a (spendy) place you can buy it new:
http://www.impactcomputers.com/4u284.html
They also make a quadro card, (roughly a geforce 4 4200 ti) but they're difficult and hard to find.
I would recommend taking the part number from this site and searching pricegrabber and ebay (i bought my upgrade via ebay), I think this runs somewhere between $100-150.
For instructions on how to install go here:
http://www.bay-wolf.com/geforce4-1.htm
or check the Dell service manual (available on their site). ATI should have the specific notebok drivers for this card.
http://www.bay-wolf.com/videoupgrade.htm
This page also lists the compatibility with certain laptop lcds, you'll want to find out what they do and don't work with and what you've got. To fidn out what you have I'd ask the folks over at the Dell Support Forums, they are generally very helpful in this situation. This forum is on Dell's website
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