You hit the nail on the head, grego. Thanks for saving me some typing.
Anyways, a new laptop should
have another RAM expansion slot... there is a little panel on the bottom of it that can be unscrewed and removed to access the ram. You might have two slots and 256 in each.
It's not that laptops are dificult to upgrade, (though, it is a real pain and can be dangerous to the computer if you do not know what you are doing when you open it up) but most parts are made for the specific company or even model. What brand of laptop did you get? Some of them, the non-mainstream computer companies, can be upgraded to some degree.
-There is no modular graphics card, except in select Alienwares. It's usually right under the keyboard, and has a special connector to both the motherboard and display.
-Even if you find an upgrade, that happens to fit, you must make sure it is right for your display, because in my experience, certain displays only work with some cards.
This isn't a comphrehensive guide or anything, just some things to keep in mind. Good luck. :bald:
Originally posted by grego
EDIT: Oh, and as for Centrino's (as in, Centrino badged laptops) running cooler... well perhaps they do at idle. Start doing the simplest of tasks and you will have a personal lap toaster. Start doing some light gaming.... prepare to burn... just ask my quadriceps. Unless you crank the A/C this really blows any time besides the winter... "laptop" my ***.
For the rest, they can burn away. For you, you have http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=839