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Exclamation hello! can i upgrade my mini 1012 graphics card? - 08-21-2010, 05:50 PM

whazzup everybody! i have a dell mini 1012 for like a month now. i like almost everything but its graphix card. it cant play 720p and 1080p smoothly, fifa08 runs at maximum 800x600x30 so i want to upgrade it to broadcom crystal hd graphics. is it possible and how can it be d0ne??
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Cool 08-21-2010, 06:08 PM

dont think it will make much much RAM is in it?..if you only have 1gb upgrade to will play a little smoother

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Default 08-21-2010, 06:27 PM

hey thanks!

but i just wanted to know if i CAN or CANNOT upgrade to broadcom crystal hd, coz the people from dell told me its absolutely impossible
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Default 08-23-2010, 12:48 PM

Generally if you order a 1012 without the HD card, the headers are not on the motherboard for you to be able to install it.
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Default 08-23-2010, 01:27 PM

I think Lightning Blue is correct that the slot for the Broadcom card is usually not present, unless you opted for the card from the factory. It's probably possible to add the slot, if you know what you're doing (people did this to add the missing WWAN slot to the Mini 9).

A half-height Broadcom card will/should/may work in place of the WiFi card. You'd lose the builtin Wifi, so you'd need a USB WiFi adaptor.


I see you asked about a game in your initial post. The Broadcom card will NOT help 2D or 3D gaming at ALL. It's just decodes video.

There's no way to improve the Mini 1012's 3D gaming ability. Better 3D gaming requires a better netbook, like one based on the ION platform. I expect Dell's larger "netbooks", like the 11z and M101z offer improved gaming performance, too, but still not great. The Alienware m11x (especially the newer Core iX ones) should offer good gaming performance, but the m11x ain't cheap.

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