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Old 08-09-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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hw to upgrade gfxcard in laptop Acer Aspire 3620


I recent got and repaired an Aspire 3620. added sme memory, and switched itnover to linux. I was pretty happy with it until...

I installed googleearth, and got a message that it will not work properly with the graphix card installed. hwinfo reveals that that card is "Intel 915 GM".

Further research shows that it is part of the motherboard and cant be exchanged. Is there a way around this roadblock? Maybe a pcmcia card or some way of ressetting the attributes of this card or it's driver?
 
Old 08-09-2014, 02:27 AM   #2
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I have the same laptop, worked ok until screen cracked, not worth buying new screen & definately not worth upgrading motherboard.
 
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Well, I did replace the screen and the memory. It's probably faster than my older laptop (DDR2 instead of DDR). But that graphics problem is not welcome. I may try to find a buyer for it.
 
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Yeah I upgraded my memory from 512MB to 2Gigs replaced the 40G hdd with 160G hdd. Tried to connect to tv & video was too choppy so I only used it for learning linux, writing contracts & surfing the net. Actually it was mainly used to post here at LQ. I also ran netflix on it but it wasn't that great of an experience.
Now the other laptop I use has a cracked screen also & a bad sata hdd, so I use the hdd from the acer in an external enclosure & an external monitor.
 
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Is there a way around this roadblock? Maybe a pcmcia card or some way of ressetting the attributes of this card or it's driver?
Not something that it is worth money. PCMCIA is simply to slow to be used for videocards seriously, USB cards (a few exist) will not bring performance increases.
So, if you really want to use Google Earth you have to get a better laptop.
 
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Well thanks, TobiSGD, and EDDY1. Both with the same advice. I'll just use google earth on my desktop, and either sell or use the Acer for something else.
 
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I would still use it for experimenting purpose. If my screen wasn't broke I would use it to test out different os'es. I can still however use mine on an external monitor, but, I have a desktop for that purpose.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 08:37 PM   #8
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Mine had abrken screen when it came to me. I picked up a good one on Ebay for less than $30., and they're not to hard to change. Then I boosted the memory to 2G ($15.00). Haven't decided yet to sell it or not, but I don't think it will do what I want to do with it.
 
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I won't be replacing the screen on mine for a few reasons:
1 the shell to screen is broken at left hinge.
2. I have about 3 different laptops that were given to me, all of which are 64-bit, but all are broken, ranging from bad sata drive to broken screen & hdd needs to be reflowed. The reflow is the first 1 that I'll be doing, since,there are no parts to buy unless I overcook it.
 
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I had to look up "reflow" in connection with a hard drive. Sounds like really bad idea (unless you understand it differently than I do). The one idea that sounds like it might work on a drive that seems to be failing (just t get the data off before it fails) would be to get it cold, and keep it plenty cool while your getting the data off.

Even then, (after rescuing all the data that you can) A good "zero-Out" and reformat might be a first step to rejuvenating a drive. Mal-ware, and misuse can cause one to believe that a drive is bad when there is really nothing wrong with it mechanically or electronically. but (just in case), if you get it working, use it only for the OS - not your presious data. An OS can be replaced rather easily, but data can't.
 
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I had to look up "reflow" in connection with a hard drive. Sounds like really bad idea (unless you understand it differently than I do). The one idea that sounds like it might work on a drive that seems to be failing (just t get the data off before it fails) would be to get it cold, and keep it plenty cool while your getting the data off.
It's the motherboard, you do it when the solder connections are failing.
 
  


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