Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Laptops and Notebooks
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-11-2009, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2
Question Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible?

Hi, I'm trying to decide whether to sell my M1710 and buy the new M1730 or stick with my M1710 and upgrade it.

Recently I've occassionally been getting a blue screen of death when starting up a 3D game with the memory parity error which probably means my 256MB GeForce 7900 Go video card needs replacing.

I would love to be able to run a 30" external display. I know the new Dell M1730 can run them, but I was wondering whether it was possible to upgrade my system to a dual link DVI-D capable video card? What other parts might I need? Would it be cheaper simply to sell the laptop and buy a new one? I think I should get about 400 for my machine and the new one would cost about 1400. Surely I could upgrade for less than 1000?! How is the M1730 that much better? (apart from stepping up the ugliness factor one more notch).

Any advice would be really appreciated as I'm a complete computer noob.
__________________

keliwah is offline  
Old 02-11-2009, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Lexluethar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 127.0.0.1
Posts: 4,708
Send a message via AIM to Lexluethar
Default Re: Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible?

Can't upgrade a video card in a laptop. The video card is actually part of the motherboard, so in order to get a new video card you'd have to replace the motherboard, replace the motherboard and you'd probably ahve to replae the case since as you stated the new motherboard would have different connectors on the back... long story short either deal with the proplems associated with the M1710 or purchase a new laptop - you cannot upgrade a laptops video card.
__________________

__________________
-Vista SME
Lexluethar is offline  
Old 02-12-2009, 06:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,402
Default Re: Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible?

Dell will upgrade your card to a 7950GTX only. That is the best one you can put into a M1710. (As I own one myself) but you'll have to talk to them about replacement
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline  
Old 02-13-2009, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2
Default Re: Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible?

Ok, I see, thanks for that.

Just to update, I opted to forget about trying to run a 30" as it's just too expensive and today I took receipt of two Samsung 24" 2433BW for under 400 the pair which right now are running well with my M1710 and GeForce Go7900 GS 256MB - one off the VGA and one off the DVI.

Although I haven't yet figured out how to make the laptop screen work as well as the dual monitors and am not sure if this is possible with my video card - in Nvidia settings it gives me all the options of multiple monitors except running all three which is a bit disappointing as I read someone managed this with a Dell M90.

Also, if I play a video in iTunes or a DVD I have to just turn the second monitor off as the video will try to play full screen on the other screen no matter what I do, and then will start flickering and eventually go black. This isn't really a problem though as if I'm going to play a video I don't need the second monitor to work anyway. I suspect the problems are due to the 256MB card, but I really don't know.
keliwah is offline  
Old 02-13-2009, 11:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,402
Default Re: Upgrading video card for Dell M1710 - Dual link DVI-D possible?

It sounds as if your GPU is going bad... I have a 36" LCD here at home that I watch movies on from my laptop with no problems... I cannot max out the resolution of the TV though... (The laptop won't handle it) but I can get pretty good res out of mine...

So yes... I would check your card out.
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Help With New Video Card Hunter434 System Upgrades 11 09-21-2009 06:30 PM
Graphics Card for basic dual monitor setup, non-gaming, and linux Brinson System Upgrades 3 02-27-2008 01:50 AM
Lower Video Card noise by reducing the fan speed Osiris Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 0 01-01-2008 12:53 PM
new video card dual monitor set up trouble Drogos Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 11-26-2007 11:00 AM
video cards lemonfrost System Upgrades 9 11-09-2007 02:49 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.