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Windows 7: Changing Onboard Graphics Card in Laptop

13 Jun 2010   #11
smartman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I understand buyer's remorse, but it's time to get real.
Thanks, Anyways... I guess I'm just gonna buy a console...
Anybody know where I could get a cheap, possibly used PS3, online or in Toronto?


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14 Jun 2010   #12
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smartman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I understand buyer's remorse, but it's time to get real.
Thanks, Anyways... I guess I'm just gonna buy a console...
Anybody know where I could get a cheap, possibly used PS3, online or in Toronto?
Ebay, Amazon...

~Lordbob
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15 Aug 2012   #13
dottorepc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Wake up! Maybe the card is not soldered on the MOB!

In Acer Aspire 5520 the GPU card is additional. There is a slot and in this slot there is a card. In my case this is GeForce 8600M GS. You can change it.

Maybe in older models you have not got this slot. You need to check it before buy anything!

Check this picture out!
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15 Aug 2012   #14
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dottorepc View Post
In Acer Aspire 5520 the GPU card is additional. There is a slot and in this slot there is a card. In my case this is GeForce 8600M GS. You can change it.

Maybe in older models you have not got this slot. You need to check it before buy anything!

Check this picture out!
That'd be nice.

The link that you provide requires a login, unfortunately.

I checked eBay. The 5520 seems to use discrete graphics cards. I See an nVidia 8400m offered for sale. I'm not sure how good it is, but I guess that it's a DX10 card.

My apologies. I was not only harsh in my advice, but I was probably wrong as well.
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15 Aug 2012   #15
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can it be done? yes it can. Can it be done easily? No it can't.

First off you have to have a laptop that the GPU is socketed and not soldered. Then you have to actually find one, and you can't just walk into any computer shop (or online for that matter) and buy a laptop video card, short of finding a likely used one on ebay. Next is any thermal considerations as a faster more powerful card can and will generate more heat, and it is unlikely that the laptop can cope with it.

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I See an nVidia 8400m offered for sale. I'm not sure how good it is
Not very. It was slower than the desktop equivalent 8400 GS. I also wouldn't put to much faith in many (or any) of the Nvidia 8400/8600m series for laptop GPU's; just look up the Nvidia bumpgate problem.
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15 Aug 2012   #16
dottorepc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dottorepc View Post
In Acer Aspire 5520 the GPU card is additional. There is a slot and in this slot there is a card. In my case this is GeForce 8600M GS. You can change it.

Maybe in older models you have not got this slot. You need to check it before buy anything!

Check this picture out!
That'd be nice.

The link that you provide requires a login, unfortunately.

I checked eBay. The 5520 seems to use discrete graphics cards. I See an nVidia 8400m offered for sale. I'm not sure how good it is, but I guess that it's a DX10 card.

My apologies. I was not only harsh in my advice, but I was probably wrong as well.
Sorry for the link, I registered myself it is worthy because of the story details (Acer Aspire 5520 UPGREDES!! Yes MXM II), but here is the picture what actually I did this afternoon: On the left upper side you can see the card below the cooler sink. You can see the white slot also. And here is the card:

In my case this is a GF8600M GS, not so weak, but there are others which could be nice as well: GF8600M GT, GF9650M GT, GF9300GS, GF9500GS, GF9600GS

Also there are some ATI Radeon card: HD3470, HD3650, HD4570, HD4650

I am at this point right now. If I can find something similar, it could be around USD100. If I want something stronger, could be USD200-300. It is not worthy (we are talking about a4-5 years old lappy) I think but if someone wants to do it he/she can I am sure.
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