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Options for Graphics card upgrade?

Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:24 PM

Hello, I bought a ThinkPad about a year ago and made the mistake of just getting the integrated intel graphics. Now I realize that I would like to use more than two monitors for more coding space. I was wondering what would be the best way to go about doing this?

I'm thinking of either:
A.) Swapping the internal graphics card with a new one (Is it really that hard to do on a laptop?)
B.) Getting a ViDock to use an external graphics card (anyone done this before?)
C.) Save up money to build a desktop in the future

I will really only need to use multiple monitors at home so mobility is not really an issue. Also, I'd be willing to wait to save money for a desktop if that will be best in the long run. I've heard that replacing the graphics card in a laptop is difficult, is this true?

Thoughts?

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Re: Options for Graphics card upgrade?

Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

Which ThinkPad is it?

Is there a generic dock you can pick up to split the video signal?

FYI - "integrated internal video card" on a laptop tends to mean it's part and parcel with the motherboard and there is not a decent way to add a new card (since the other one is embedded in the board).
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Re: Options for Graphics card upgrade?

Posted 31 January 2012 - 01:43 PM

Its a T520. I saw some docks online, but thought that I still needed a better graphics card to be able to use more monitors and not just the dock. Should have looked into that more.
Thanks! I'll start looking at some docks.
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Re: Options for Graphics card upgrade?

Posted 31 January 2012 - 02:01 PM

http://support.lenov...ocID=MIGR-74447

There's something like that.. though read through the documentation thoroughly because there some restrictions based on your model.
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Re: Options for Graphics card upgrade?

Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:34 AM

Moving to Hardware Support -> Laptops
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