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tiroshii

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So I'm thinking about upgrading the CPU & graphics in my Acer Aspire 5536.

Anyone got any experience of upgrading laptops, and is there a general rule about what can go with which motherboard etc?

Edited by tiroshii, 07 June 2010 - 01:44 PM.

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Upgradability for a laptop is very limited.
Memory
HD
Battery
CPU is some instances
Everything else is usually soldered to the motherboard and therefore not upgradeable.
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Upgradability for a laptop is very limited.
Memory
HD
Battery
CPU is some instances
Everything else is usually soldered to the motherboard and therefore not upgradeable.

That's what I thought. How do I check (without dismantling the thing) what's attached and what isn't?
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First post edited with more details

Edited by tiroshii, 07 June 2010 - 01:45 PM.

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Take a look at a manual.
I had a very difficult time trying to find your exact model.

The 5530 is the closest one.

http://www.intellcit...530G-Series.pdf

Upgrading/ serviceing a laptop is virtually impossible. Disassembly/ assembly is difficult. It is usually easier to purchase a new one.
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Soundcard and video for sure is attached as it is in every laptop.
Laptops never have the capability of upgrading internally the video card.
That requires a specialty shop on laptops to desolder the video chip and solder a new one in its place. In most cases the cost associated with the kinds of upgrades you want will highly out way the cost of a new laptop.
If someone with little or no experience with the laptops attempts this there is a possibility of crossing a solder joint which will short the complete system out.
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Not quite every laptop, Ron. I have replaced the motherboard in a Toshiba Qosmio and as I was pulling it all apart I found the graphics card to be a separate, upgradeable card. It was quite a high-end laptop mind you, with a 9700GT Nvidia card in it or something like that.
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Thanks Troy... Sorry I have been under the weather lately and not getting back to some older topics as fast as I like.
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