Actually I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have a really tight budget and definitely cannot work with a desktop. Also, if you don’t need to run CUDA with some decent speed, you could just get a $400 Ion laptop.
Anyway, here’s how to set up a GTX 460
First, read through this thread:
DIY ViDock Experiences
It lists most of the things that you’re going to need and gives you a rough idea of how things are going to work.
- gtx 460
- PE4L/PE4H+PC2C/EM3M adaptor from www.hwtools.net
- A power supply that can handle more than 20A (better be 25+A if using GTX 480) on its second rail or just a single-rail PSU greater than 300W
- Download DIY ViDock Setup 1.x from the repository and follow the instructions in that page.
- Download RW-everything from jacky5488.myweb.hinet.net
When you have all the things above and have completed the steps listed in the DIY ViDock Setup page, you’re ready to get started.
- Short the PS_ON on the 20(+4)pin connector of the power supply, so the PSU would start working. www.techpowerup.com/articles/other/22.
- Connect the 4 pin connector to the PE4L/PE4H; mount yout graphics card on PE4L/PE4H. Now you should see the fans of your graphics card running.
- Connect the other 6pin connectors to the graphics card. For GTX 460 and above, there should be 2 6pin connectors. Also, connect the PE4L/PE4H to the PC2C/EM3M
- Boot your laptop without the PC2C/EM3M connected to the laptop. Enter the DIY ViDock Setup Boot menu. This will take you to a DOS program with some menu
- [may not be needed] choose pci config -> run compaction.
- connect PC2C/EM3M to your laptop, press F5, you should see a NVIDIA card being listed on the right hand side of the screen.
- choose videocard -> create PCI dump win (for the NVIDIA card, it may be vid 2, if you have another card onboard). This will give you the instructions of how to get the PCI dump of your NVDIA card. Follow these instructions.
- Boot to the setup menu again, load the PCI dump and do compaction. Now Chainload into your OS (better be win7), it should work.
There are many other issues you may encounter, such as whitelisting and so on… read the help in the setup menu or in the threads and you should be fine.
Note that when you boot your laptop you better do it without the PC2C/EM3M connected to it. Otherwise it would either hang or boot with your laptop LCD off (fine if you have another monitor connected to your NVIDIA card)