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Recently a talented tech tried to install a 280M GTX into the HP HDX 9000 series (Dragon...resident GPU is 8800M GTS), and managed to get the card to boot to Windows, albeit with a fuzzy screen. With one of DOX's ingenious driver mods, he got the card to identify itself, with proper number of shaders, etc.

Given some of the efforts of veterans in the MXM upgrade area, I'd be interested if anyone had a sense of what was going on in this instance, and whether the results achieved are promising or the opposite.

Many thanks,

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Guest Elvis

If any laptops bios can handle it you can install a same connector / power usage / heat producing video card provided you can mod the drivers to make it work.

Why would he install the renamed / rebranded 9800 "280gtx" ?

Someone must have seen him coming and ripped him off.

Both NV and ATI does this ATI is just more careful and actually adds some value to the cards.

7800gtx / 7950gtx = almost / 90%+ same performance as desktop cards, 280m gtx is about 240 desktop card equivalent or weaker. Rather get 4770x2 or 4870x2 / sli and you would have actual measurable performance not a half baked 280m gtx joke.

A milkshake is a milkshake even if it is in a plastic glass instead of a glass glass, no use calling it a redbull 280gtx.

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I think he tried the GeForce GTX 280M because he thought it would have the most bang for the buck and was widely available. My concern was that no 280M was found in any HP (they're found in Clevos), and thought a Quadro 3700M, which is found in the HP 8730W, would have a better chance of working. Both the Dragon and the 8730 (with 3700m installed) were built by Inventec.

Putting that aside, because his intentions were good, do you think that getting the card to boot to Windows, even with a fuzzy screen, was a positive sign that it might have possibly worked with different drivers? From what I've read, this effect can be the result of driver issues or incompatibility. (Possibly BIOS incompatibility)

HP likes to make their BIOSes somewhat restrictive.

Thanks for the response.

MA

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I should add, the Dragon is only equipped for a single GPU...not SLI, unfortunately.

MA

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Two Point Oh

Not a driver issue since, the screen was "fuzzy" from BIOS post screen. What it is, is both a BIOS and an electrical incompatibility. Same thing will likely happen to the FX3700M considering it has the same issues as the 280M GTX.

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Two Point Oh

If any laptops bios can handle it you can install a same connector / power usage / heat producing video card provided you can mod the drivers to make it work.

Why would he install the renamed / rebranded 9800 "280gtx" ?

Someone must have seen him coming and ripped him off.

Both NV and ATI does this ATI is just more careful and actually adds some value to the cards.

7800gtx / 7950gtx = almost / 90%+ same performance as desktop cards, 280m gtx is about 240 desktop card equivalent or weaker. Rather get 4770x2 or 4870x2 / sli and you would have actual measurable performance not a half baked 280m gtx joke.

A milkshake is a milkshake even if it is in a plastic glass instead of a glass glass, no use calling it a redbull 280gtx.

This is incorrect. 280M GTX has more shaders than the 9800M GTX (128 v 112) and is 55nm as compared to 65nm. It's not a "rebranded" 9800M GTX.

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...most bang for the buck and was widely available.

Widely available? Where did you buy it at?

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Two Point Oh

Widely available? Where did you buy it at?

Rjtech. It's the MXM III v2.1 version of the card.

http://mivasecure.abac.com/rjtech/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=VGA-280M-M570TU&Category_Code=ACC

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