He is going to take the video card from his mothers desktop pc and put it into his laptop.
Now right away I told him there's not a chance in [bleep] that would even work. But he said he was going to the actual graphics processor saying "there is an actual graphics processor". I'm guessing by that he just means separating the actual die from the circuit board. And then he is going to switch that with whatever is in his laptop.
I told him it wasn't going to work because you simply can't do that for a number of reasons. He dismissed what I said and said it can be done. And now that I think about it, I honestly don't know. And I'm curious to know if it can be done. But I don't think you can simply make that sort of switch.
Firstly, can you actually just remove the die from the circuit board? He said it just comes out but last time I checked, they just don't detach from the entire card. And even if you could, how safe would it be to handle the actual thing.
Secondly, I'd imagine since he has a laptop he most likely has integrated video of some sort. Now I looked at his laptop and its maybe a one-two year old Compaq Presario (I couldn't find the exact model). And if it was integrated video on the motherboard, I don't even think its possible to [bleep] around and with the gpu in it. I'm not even entirely sure how integrated graphics works on a motherboard to be honest, but I don't think you can just swap.
And if he actually had a video card, well again I just don't think you can switch models. He doesn't know what model is in his desktop pc or company. And he doesn't know what is in his laptop now.
And just I can't actually think of actual reasons why any more. The idea seems so absurd to me because it just doesn't make sense. You can't just magically switch things, can you? I don't think you can, and I'd actually be really surprised it is a feasible thing to do.