Windows 10: external graphics card for laptop to run win 10

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  1.    06 Mar 2016 #1

    external graphics card for laptop to run win 10


    I have a Dell 6000D laptop with radeon X300 on board graphics module. I am currently running Win 7 home premium.
    I ran a test to see if it would run Win 10, the results failed because of the X300. I checked and it has the current driver.
    Is it possible to use a USB graphics card to make it run Win 10?
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  2.    06 Mar 2016 #2

    That thing is ancient. While I suppose it would be possible to use a usb to vga adapter to hook up an external graphics card, Idk how well they work. For the best experience you would want a usb 3.0 port which I know that thing does not have. There is also no guarantee it would pass the test, until I looked just now I didn't even know you could do usb to vga/dvi/hdmi. I am unsure if the test would take a usb graphics card and if it did that doesn't remove the x300 from the computer, you MIGHT be able to uninstall it and get lucky. But the honest to god truth is you should get a new laptop. Even if it were possible it isn't worth it :P
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  3.    06 Mar 2016 #3

    You can try switching to the Microsoft Basic Display driver:
    I don't have Windows 7 left but this is the basic procedure:
    Open Device Manager from control panel.
    Click on Display Adapters.
    Right click on your display adapter (X300).
    Update Driver Software.
    Browse my computer for driver software.
    Let me pick from a list of device drivers.
    Microsoft Basic Display Adapter should be in the list. You might have to uncheck the Show compatible hardware checkbox and look for it.
    Then try running the compatibility test with the display adapter running from the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver.

    If you get Windows 10 to install under the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter you should be able to manually load the Windows 7 drivers for X300 in much the same way as above but you might have to click have disk and point it to the .inf file for the downloaded drivers.
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  4.    06 Mar 2016 #4

    it doesnt have enough ram to run windows 10 either to be honest :/ unless you upgraded it?
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  5.    06 Mar 2016 #5

    Windows 10 Specifications - Microsoft

    Processor:
    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

    RAM:

    1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

    Hard disk space:
    16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

    Graphics card:
    DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

    Display:
    800x600
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  6.    07 Mar 2016 #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Windows 10 Specifications - Microsoft

    Processor:
    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

    RAM:

    1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

    Hard disk space:
    16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

    Graphics card:
    DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

    Display:
    800x600
    Yes, I upgraded to 2 GB years ago. The only Win 10 rejection I has was the X300 video module.
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  7.    07 Mar 2016 #7

    nodsirrah said: View Post
    Yes, I upgraded to 2 GB years ago. The only Win 10 rejection I has was the X300 video module.
    Does it go ahead if you change the driver to Microsoft Basic Display?
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  8.    07 Mar 2016 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Does it go ahead if you change the driver to Microsoft Basic Display?
    I never saw "Microsoft Basic Display', at this time of night I can't remember what the choice was, tried whatever it was and it went back to what looked like a 640 display! I went back to the Device Manager and changed it back to X300, I am chicken to try too much since this is beyond my Pay Grade.
    Thanks for attempting to help.
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  9.    07 Mar 2016 #9

    Carsomyr said: View Post
    That thing is ancient. While I suppose it would be possible to use a usb to vga adapter to hook up an external graphics card, Idk how well they work. For the best experience you would want a usb 3.0 port which I know that thing does not have. There is also no guarantee it would pass the test, until I looked just now I didn't even know you could do usb to vga/dvi/hdmi. I am unsure if the test would take a usb graphics card and if it did that doesn't remove the x300 from the computer, you MIGHT be able to uninstall it and get lucky. But the honest to god truth is you should get a new laptop. Even if it were possible it isn't worth it :P
    Yes, it is ancient, but it runs Win 7 OK. I just keep it around in case my Desktop quits.
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  10.    08 Mar 2016 #10

    Just so you know, I have one of those USB-to-VGA adapters to add another display on my desktop, and the adapter is not seen during the boot process. It only appears after Windows has started and has loaded the "display link" (that's what they call themselves) drivers.

    So, I doubt you could use it as a primary monitor.
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