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Upgrading a laptop MXM-based GPU

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« on: (10:35:09/05-11-11) »
I figure a number of folks here are tech-heads, so here goes.

I have an Alienware m15x laptop that has a dying graphics card. (nVidia 8700m GT)

It's out of warranty, but fortunately the GPU is a MXM III type which means it's theoretically upgradeable.

Are all MXM 3 cards compatible? Or do i need to get specific ones?

Does anyone have any recommendations that won't turn my laptop into a furnace?

Thanks!



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« Reply #1 on: (11:37:47/05-11-11) »
i'd ask dell/alienware first, before you do any further research.
they build/sell these things, they ought to know this stuff.
probably no dice in replacing/upgrading the card though.
That's an about 10% chance with laptops, at the most i'm afraid.
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« Reply #2 on: (12:08:00/05-11-11) »
Well, Dell states that it's not upgradable, but they said that about my optical drive too, and I was able to upgrade that just fine.

The MXM-type GPU was specifically developed to be swappable. It was created as a "universal socket" much like PCI was created for desktop cards.

I just don't know if there are additional requirements, like X graphics board requires Y mainboard feature.


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« Reply #3 on: (12:18:53/05-11-11) »
easiest way would be to get the exact same part.
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« Reply #4 on: (17:14:37/05-11-11) »
Before nVidia started including laptops in their unified driver packages I used http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/ for info. I'd suggest starting there.
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