Will the graphics amplifier save my laptop?

Will the graphics amplifier save my laptop?

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Steve61290

So I own an Alienware laptop. I'm not sure of the exact model . Its the 15" laptop and i bought it new just under two years ago. Anyway the laptop's Nvidia graphics card is no longer working. If I install the drivers the laptop will crash. I have had it in my local Pc shop and they tell me that the card is done and can't be fixed without changing the full motherboard. So my question is this... If I bought the graphics amplifier could I run good games again? Or does my on-board Nvidia chip need to be in full working order?  Any information would be great. Thanks in advance. 

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crashN2u

I would assume so. Using the graphics amplifier is supposed to shut off the internal card.

Steve61290

I might need to give this a try. Thank you very much 

 


LinkRS

Howdy Steve61290,

I am using the AGA on my system currently.  I can confirm the dGPU (shorthand for discrete GPU) is disabled while the AGA is connected and working.  You have to install the Mobile variant of the nVidia drivers (for nVidia GPUs), but the internal card is not used.  Since you can put most desktop GPUs in the AGA, I would imagine this setup would work, as if there was a dependency on the dGPU, you would not be able to install AMD GPUs, as it would cause problems. Good luck!

Rich S.


CODEx_Vip3r

LinkRS said:

Howdy Steve61290,

I am using the AGA on my system currently.  I can confirm the dGPU (shorthand for discrete GPU) is disabled while the AGA is connected and working.  You have to install the Mobile variant of the nVidia drivers (for nVidia GPUs), but the internal card is not used.  Since you can put most desktop GPUs in the AGA, I would imagine this setup would work, as if there was a dependency on the dGPU, you would not be able to install AMD GPUs, as it would cause problems. Good luck!

Rich S.

but the odd thing is that he said when he installs the drivers his laptop crashes. So wont it crash once he installs the drivers for the GPU in the amplifier? Once he unplugs the amplifier that driver will still be there.


LinkRS

CODEx_Vip3r said:
LinkRS said:

Howdy Steve61290,

I am using the AGA on my system currently.  I can confirm the dGPU (shorthand for discrete GPU) is disabled while the AGA is connected and working.  You have to install the Mobile variant of the nVidia drivers (for nVidia GPUs), but the internal card is not used.  Since you can put most desktop GPUs in the AGA, I would imagine this setup would work, as if there was a dependency on the dGPU, you would not be able to install AMD GPUs, as it would cause problems. Good luck!

Rich S.

but the odd thing is that he said when he installs the drivers his laptop crashes. So wont it crash once he installs the drivers for the GPU in the amplifier? Once he unplugs the amplifier that driver will still be there.

Howdy CODEx_Vip3r,

My thought is, that the driver crashes when it tries to enumerate (access) the dGPU, as it is faulty this causes a hardware fault (BSOD).  If the dGPU is disabled (which occurs outside of Windows, and the system always boots using the Intel GPU anyway), the crash should never occur.  So, install the GPU in the AGA, boot up, and once Windows loads, install the driver (mobile version), and the GPU should be good to go.  Now, if he disconnects the AGA, and reboots, he will get the BSOD again :-(

Rich S.


Steve61290

Sorry i haven't been on to read these responses. So if i get the amp for my laptop I'm going to have a problem when i disconnect it?  


LinkRS

Steve61290 said:

Sorry i haven't been on to read these responses. So if i get the amp for my laptop I'm going to have a problem when i disconnect it?  

Hi Steve61290,

When you disconnect the AGA, you have to reboot, and when the system comes up it will try to automatically install the driver again, which would result in the symptoms you are currently seeing.  You might be able to boot into Windows before you install the AGA, and disable the dGPU in Device Manager.  It may stay that way, even when you disconnect the AGA in the future.  However, if your intention is to fix your system with the AGA, why would disconnect it?  IF you are just disconnecting it to move it around or something, just make sure you re-connect before you power the laptop back on.  Good luck!

Rich S.


Nofearangel

I can confirm the Internal graphics card is disabled with the Amplifier connected. 

I used the Graphics amplifier with an MSI armor OC 1080 Its actually too big for the graphics amplifier which means I cant close the lid.
So I leave it open.

I run games at 4k with 60fps on High/Ultra settings its perfect. Just make sure you have a CPU that will cope with the load. Remember a laptop CPU is not as powerful as a Desktop CPU.
 


Arichikunorikuto

On top of getting a graphics amp, you would need to get a GPU as well. With that cost, you might be better off getting a new laptop. Unless you are planning on sticking with laptops, external GPU enclosures are a waste as you are limited to being docked at one place, might as well get a desktop. If you are sticking with laptops and getting a external GPU enclosure, i'd advise going with a ultrabook instead since onboard graphics won't be used anyways, keep in mind compatibility as not all laptops support external graphic amps.