Does that laptop meet the minimum specification of... 1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
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What I would do if I had a G73JH is to contact ASUS directly and see if you could get the GTX 460M graphics module that they offer in the G73JW (or maybe even better yet I see if a N73 model with a GT 540M module) and install it yourself or get a good laptop technician to install for you. Take a look at our Premiere Pro Bench Mark (PPBM5) results page and select the "Computer Type" Tab and then select "Laptops" and you will see several ASUS "73" models that have successfully run the benchmark test. Also if your particular laptop does no have the second disk drive get a 7200 rpm drive and install it. Check out YouTube I believe that there have been detailed instructions on how to do this.
It has a full hd (1080p) display and the 5870 is openGL 2.0 compatible; the issue though is that due to my restriction to the stock driver, it flags it as incompatible. That's why i was hoping for some kind of bypass or override.
Re: Bill, thanks for the idea. I've never heard of a graphics module in a laptop being changeable but i will contact asus and find out. I currently have a 120gb SSD and 500gb 7200 sata2, so should be fine on the hdd front.