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Windows 7: Changing Onboard Graphics Card in Laptop


12 Jun 2010   #1

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Changing Onboard Graphics Card in Laptop

Hi guys, I'm a noob here, and was just wondering if there was any way to change my onboard graphics card in my laptop? My laptop is a Acer Aspire 5520, with the default Nvidia Geforce 7000m.

I'm usually alright with it, but I'm trying to start playing serious games (Arkham Asylum ), and I get this error "1x32 fb render target issue".

I really hope this is more of a software issue than anything.

Thanks,
Smartman

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12 Jun 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smartman View Post
Hi guys, I'm a noob here, and was just wondering if there was any way to change my onboard graphics card in my laptop? My laptop is a Acer Aspire 5520, with the default Nvidia Geforce 7000m.

I'm usually alright with it, but I'm trying to start playing serious games (Arkham Asylum ), and I get this error "1x32 fb render target issue".

I really hope this is more of a software issue than anything.

Thanks,
Smartman
Have you looked to see if your current graphics chipset is capable of running your games. That error IS usually a software issue and you may not have to change at all


IF you have to change, it isnt the kind of change that most laptop owners (unless pretty handy and unless you dont mind voiding your warranty) can or should do.



Ken
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12 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Just to point out, MOST laptops have their graphics cards permanently built into the motherboards, so there is no way to change them.

As for the error, you should try updating your graphics drivers and directx.

~Lordbob
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12 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Is it really "1x32 fp render target issue"?

Probably hardware; the 7000m may lack a feature required by the game.

Most laptop PCs don't have discrete graphics cards. I think that your Acer isn't one of the rare (large, heavy, expensive) exceptions.
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12 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Is it really "1x32 fp render target issue"?

Probably hardware; the 7000m may lack a feature required by the game.

Most laptop PCs don't have discrete graphics cards. I think that your Acer isn't one of the rare (large, heavy, expensive) exceptions.
That would be the final answer yes. I am fairly certain that Arkham Asylum WONT run on a 7 series...

~Lordbob
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12 Jun 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
That would be the final answer yes. I am fairly certain that Arkham Asylum WONT run on a 7 series...

~Lordbob
Unfortunately you are correct. Specs for that game,

Batman Arkham Asylum System Requirements ~ Pc Games Requirements,Trailers,Screenshots,Cheats,Trainers

and specs and a couple of benchmarks for that video chip,

Notebookcheck: NVIDIA GeForce 7000M

smartman, unfortunately if you want to play games you're going to have to look at either a new laptop, or better a desktop.
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13 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Are you guys 100% sure I couldn't change it? Wouldn't it be possible if I soldered a new chip to the mobo?
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13 Jun 2010   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im not sure that is even possible, and you would more than likely fry your board trying to do so...
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13 Jun 2010   #9

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smartman View Post
Are you guys 100% sure I couldn't change it? Wouldn't it be possible if I soldered a new chip to the mobo?

You can change IC's on your mobo that are in an IC Socket, tying to desolder anything on that board that is not soldered topically, i.e. top of board solder joint and underside of board solder joint would render the board useless since most of today's board architecture is 4, 6 and 8 layers deep meaning there are solder connections sandwiched between the layers. These connections are done during manufacture on expensive wave soldering machines and no common soldering iron with a human on the other end of it could possibly do this function.

You would need to purchase a mobo that could fit your laptop by your manufaturer and the cost would more than likely be beyond what a new laptop would cost factoring in the cost of the video card if, in fact, there were an upgrade mobo/video card combo available and it would fit your current laptop footprint. If you do decide to purchase a new laptop it might be in your best interest to know up front if it has onboard only video, or like the Alienware laptops both onboard for battery use and upgradable video card(s) available in SLi (nVidia) and CrossFireX (ATi).
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13 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smartman View Post
Are you guys 100% sure I couldn't change it? Wouldn't it be possible if I soldered a new chip to the mobo?
Possible? It's difficult to say that something is impossible.

Have you done a lot of repair of multi-layer PC boards, with flow-soldered surface mount components? (I use terms that I recall from 35 years ago. I imagine the technology has changed a little since then.) Are you prepared to pay a repair tech more to do that for you than a new laptop would cost?

I understand buyer's remorse, but it's time to get real.
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