That's all folks!

MXM-Upgrade has been around since 2006, almost as long as MXM itself has. During those years, a lot has changed. When I first started, it was not possibe to get cards, anywhere. I accepted the challenge and eventually got around the sourcing issue. Pretty much scraped my knees begging but I got them. Actually, the knees scraping came to be a theme over the years to follow. There was nothing much spectacular about the first upgrade folks performed with my card. Nowadays, people would sniff at the opportunity to upgrade a Geforce 6600 64MB version for 128MB version. But back then, it was groundbreaking. Never done before. And some people were only too happy to write notebook history.

I don't mean to brag, but if it is concerned to be "no biggie" to swap out notebook graphic cards in some circles, they owe some of that to me and to those first few people to pick up the gauntlet.

Gradually, I was able to get better cards and better sources for them. Every penny I made went towards purchassing more cards (to drive the price down), experimenting with thermal material (resulting in free thermal paste and offering the best thermal pads on the planet), purchasing test platforms (nuked half a dozen notebooks along the way) and supporting those who wanted to give things a go. And with great results, too! Well, not always. I vividly remember cutting off the Type IV tab on a 500$ card with high hoped of running it in a m5750 but resulting only in a very expensive paper weight... But for a while, things were great. I was able to get cards direct from the manufacturer. Even though it meant I had to purchase very large amounts (imagine making a purchase worth a small luxery car, clenched but-cheaks indeed!), I was able to offer them at prices below what fell off a truck in China on eBay while obviously offering far superior quality and support. But other things changed, too...

The pioneers of the first days made way for mainstream buyers, with different expectations. Where the pioneers didn't mind if the fan control got botched up, if some stutter occured from time to time, if an error message was displayed during boot, the mainstream folks started claims on Paypal if the card didn't insert itself in the notebook after opening the package... And that was not the worst. While I learned to accept that return rates on cards were a lot higher than what is to be expected in "the industry", some folks spotted to spot the opportunity for a "fast one". I got requests for refunds of broken cards, only the returned cards were from a different vendor! So, the owner of a deceased Dell HD6970 would buy one of ours, keep it and return the dead one for a refund. While this obvious case of abuse was stopped, a lot of other suspected returns and refund did take place.

While this certainly ate into profits, it was still acceptable as long as I had a direct line to the manufacturer. When that stopped (or rather: that specific division ceased to exist), I had another supplier but the higher price in combination with the high return rates and the increased competition eventually led to this inevitable conclusion: I no longer have an "edge".

So, there we are. In the end I didn't make any money on this but I did have a great ride and I learned a heap of lessons. The company that I founded to support the MXM bussiness is still around but will now only serve to house my freelance electronics bussiness (so if you need a freelance hardware engineer in Belgium: contact me!). Other than that, I'll keep the site online. Dated or not, there's still some valuable information here and perhaps at some point in the future someone will tip his hat to the pioneers of changeable notebook graphics cards!