Can one use a single core of a dual-core processor to create a "virtual" graphics card?

 I have a laptop (Thinkpad R61) that has a dual-core processor but horrible integrated graphics. Is there some sort of software that can "split off" one of the cores and use it to simulate a dedicated graphics card?

I'm running 32-bit Windows XP at the moment, which might make it difficult to fully utilize the dual-core setup. I'm open to any suggestions that involve Windows 7 or Linux - both are pretty easy for me to get / install.

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orksecurity7 years ago
Not really, at least not in standard processors. Graphic processors generally have a very different architecture -- specialized for a different set of problems -- and a standard processor really isn't able to keep up for that set of tasks even if it's running flat-out (which a dual-core processor can't since it's sharing some resources with the other core).

This is one of the things that's unusual about IBM's "Cell" processors, used in some of the recent game consoles -- they have both vector processor and scalar (traditional) processor logic, making them very similar to 1980's supercomputers (but on a single chip, and obviously much less expensive!) These *can* do all the tasks in a single processor. But there aren't many machines built around them, and Sony just shut down the option of loading Linux onto the Playstations...

Basically: You got a laptop. The upside of a laptop is that it's very highly integrated and tuned to get power into a small package at a reasonable price. The downside is that it isn't modular; what you buy (with a few exceptions like memory and disk drive) is what you get and all you get, unless you add external hardware via USB or firewire. And I don't know of any external graphic hardware.

Best suggestion I've got is to buy a cheap desktop PC for gaming at home, and set it up to share data with the laptop -- then use the laptop when travelling.
Absolutely. I can't add anything to that answer, I'd say the same thing.

lemonie7 years ago
What is wrong with the integrated graphics - lack of power for what you want it to do?
Doing what you suggest... no.

idea_flood (author)  lemonie7 years ago
 Thanks for your time, Lemonie. The integrated chip is fine for everyday stuff, and it'll run the games I want it to, but they suffer low framerates. i was hoping for a cheap solution, but I guess I'll take Orksecurity's suggestion and buy a desktop once I get a little more cash.
Yes, if you want high-end graphics you need to buy the hardware. The best fix for gaming is GPU power. That clarifies what I thought your problem was.