Here's the short story of my "problem." I used to have a custom gaming rig that ran STO at all its highest settings without problem. For various reasons I got rid of it and got a maxed out Sony Vaio F-series. Basically what is wrong is that the video card, while it has more video RAM, is a mobile version of a video card and that is limiting performance. It's working, and working relatively well. But now I have to run the graphics at a notch down, and I'd love to get back to the really shiny version!
So I was wondering if anyone had ever personally or known anyone who has used an external graphics adapter for their laptop. One of the ones, in particular, that I've found is this one: