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Change graphics in a MacBook?

Asked by bmhit1991 (246points) June 12th, 2008

Hiya! I have an Apple white MacBook. I was really excited about the new game called “Spore” coming out. Well they released the system requirements and it claims the game won’t run with my GMA 950. Is there any way I can fix this? Like do I need to sent my laptop into Apple and ask them to put a different graphics…something in it? Or do they not do that? I’d really love to play this game (since it’s one of the few games made for Mac), but I can’t do that if I don’t meet the system requirements…. Thanks!!!

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sndfreQ's avatar

GMA graphics chips are integrated into the CPU, as they rely on the host CPU for the processing (and are hard soldered onto the motherboard); therefore it is not possible to upgrade your graphics chip on that MacBook.

Mulot's avatar

I know that some manufacturer sell external video cards, working for some laptop. I don’t know if it exist or can work with a MacBook.

iwamoto's avatar

yeah, asus makes them, but im realy not sure if they’ll play nice, so uhm..yeah, no replacement for you kid

zarnold's avatar

Yeah, plus I’m pretty sure the Asus external graphics card you’re talking about uses an expresscard interface, which isn’t found on macbooks. If you really want to play spore, the best thing to do is probably to look for a cheap/used xbox or wii.

chromaBYTE's avatar

Supported Video Cards
ATI Radeon™ series
X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600

NVIDIA GeForce series
7300, 7600, 8600, 8800
Intel® Extreme Graphics
GMA X3100
This game will not run on the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.
Full Spore Requirements

Do you have a family member’s computer you could run it on? If not, your only option is to run it on a console.

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