I just bought a Toshiba satellite A75-S209.
Pentium 4 HT, 3.06 GHz, but it has a Mobility Radeon 9000... talk about weak. I want to get an x850 series card, but until then is there anything I can do to make this older card run faster.
I think I've got the same setup as you. I posted on 2 forums and did hours of research. 99% of graphics cards in laptops cannot be changed. Did you set the buffer rate to 128mb? Mine came at 64 from the factory.
Best advice is to try and keep everything as cool as possible for optimum performance. I can run Half-life 2 on the maximum setings as long as the room is cold and even then it gets choppy at times.
BTW, that x850 is an AGP chipset, you have an IGP chipset. But that doesn't really matter since you cannot change out the card! Sorry.
Only a very few top-end laptops have upgradeable graphics, and then it is usually done as a choice at purchase time. Those upper end models that are upgradeable seem to use proprietary graphics hardware, so choices of upgrades are very limited.
Generally for the majority, graphics are built-into the motherboard of the laptop and as above, are not upgradeable. They are not like desktops in that respect, they do not have a graphics card or slot. No room.
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