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#1 TheGrayNobleman

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 01:13 PM

Hello everyone,

I have 2 questions that have been bugging me for a while.
First is, I have a HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop with a ATI Radeon XPress 200M integrated into the motherboard. It is a pretty cheap video card and I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the video card (maybe if there is an open PCI or AGP slot somewhere in the laptop) or replace the card itself. If it is possible to upgrade the card where would I look to find an upgrade and is it recommended to upgrade or just wait till I get a new computer.

Second question is, is it possible to "combine" two computers so they process all the information like they were actually one (combining 2 computers into one really fast one)? If so is there any practical way of doing this?

Thanks for your time!
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 01:55 PM

Second question is, is it possible to "combine" two computers so they process all the information like they were actually one (combining 2 computers into one really fast one)? If so is there any practical way of doing this?


Correct me if I'm wrong, but no.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 02:10 PM

First is, I have a HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop with a ATI Radeon XPress 200M integrated into the motherboard. It is a pretty cheap video card and I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the video card (maybe if there is an open PCI or AGP slot somewhere in the laptop) or replace the card itself. If it is possible to upgrade the card where would I look to find an upgrade and is it recommended to upgrade or just wait till I get a new computer.

No, there are no PCIe or AGP slots in laptops. You are stuck with what you have.

Second question is, is it possible to "combine" two computers so they process all the information like they were actually one (combining 2 computers into one really fast one)? If so is there any practical way of doing this?

Yes, and no. The big problem with distributed computing like this is the low bandwidth and high latency of communication in between computers. There aren't very many tasks which would have any use of such a model. The other thing is that an application must be custom built to make use of such resources. It isn't anything you can do at home.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 02:14 PM

First is, I have a HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop with a ATI Radeon XPress 200M integrated into the motherboard. It is a pretty cheap video card and I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the video card (maybe if there is an open PCI or AGP slot somewhere in the laptop) or replace the card itself. If it is possible to upgrade the card where would I look to find an upgrade and is it recommended to upgrade or just wait till I get a new computer.

No, there are no PCIe or AGP slots in laptops. You are stuck with what you have.

Second question is, is it possible to "combine" two computers so they process all the information like they were actually one (combining 2 computers into one really fast one)? If so is there any practical way of doing this?

Yes, and no. The big problem with distributed computing like this is the low bandwidth and high latency of communication in between computers. There aren't very many tasks which would have any use of such a model. The other thing is that an application must be custom built to make use of such resources. It isn't anything you can do at home.


Ok thanks!

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 10:28 PM

Just a quick update of this topic.

I saw there were some linux OSs out there for computer clustering and there is one microsoft piece of software just for this. Is it possible to cluster two normal computers with a new OS installed (possibly a dual boot, one for clustering and another for regular windows/linux)?




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