How to make an external laptop graphics adaptor
Laptop graphics have always been something of a joke performance wise. Nvidia and AMD do try, but cramming all those millions of transistors into a low-power, compact package just leads to massive expense and an inability to upgrade. Wouldn't it be perfect if you could simply use a standard external graphics card to power your laptop's 3D graphics? Article continues below The good news is that you can. The suitably technical-sounding PE4H is just that; a passive PCI-e x16 to x1 adaptor, which enables you to plug an external graphics card into a laptop's ExpressCard slot. We'd like to say it's as simple as that, but this project does have a few sticking points. The second is Windows 7, as it handles multiple display drivers far more adeptly than anything else. Also if your laptop has more than 2GB of memory a 64-bit installation is also required, as otherwise you'll hit the 4GB address space limit hard. The walkthrough below details putting together a system. Troubleshooting 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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