Originally Posted by jsunoa
so bottom line, the zd8000's video card can be upgraded?
HP has a history of the gpu's being integrated into the motherboard.
There are very few laptops on the market that can be "upgraded'... very few.
Unless you pay big $$$$
Dell 1705 comes to mind (if ordered with anything other that the base integrated gpu)... and the ONLY reason it can accept an "Upgraded" gpu is because the Dell XPS 1710 uses the same motherboard, and housing... be aware that swapping the 1710 gpu into a 1705 will require a new power supply, since the 7900gtx from the 1710 requires more "juice".
Getting back to HP... There has been a report of (1) of the high-end $$$$ HP business nx9420/nw9440 models having a "replaceable" gpu... removeable.... but NO reports that any kind of swap or upgrade has been made.http://www.mxm-upgrade.com/index.html
Not surpising as there is NO standard for laptop gpu's... it may say MXM, or PCI? in the spec's etc, but the mfg's have NOT standardized the pins, the size, shape of the gpu, or having put standards in place in any large degree that will allow the use of a gpu from one mfg to another.... It's not like desktop video cards... It's all that proprietary el-crap-ola stuff when it comes to laptops...
The mfg's of the gpu's put id strings in, and the bios will refuse a card that is not spec's to work in that machine... Besides that there are voltage and cooling issues... the card pulling more voltage... and the cooling system not being big enough for the "new" gpu.
I'd suggest you go to
HP PartSurfer http://www.partsurfer.hp.com/cgi-bin/spi/main
and see if a seperate gpu is shown.... addtionally you should go to www.HP.com
and download a copy of the MAINTANCE and SERVICE GUIDE for your unit..... and look in it to see if the gpu is showing as a seperate part.
I can pretty much bet it isn't....