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can I buy a Processor or a Video/graphic card for my laptop? (laptop details are provided)

I was wondering if I could buy my laptop a processor or a Vcard
it's an Acer Aspire 7741ZG
current processor is an intel P6000 core2duo @ 1.87 1.87 Ghz
current Vcard is ATI HD 5470 512 MB and I believe it's up to 2 gb through sharing (already sharing quite a bit of my 4gb ram)
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  1. Not as simple as you think, yes it is possible in some cases to upgrade the cpu if in the same generation model, to a higher frequency.

    As for the video card or chip. sometimes the chip is soldered to the motherboard of the laptop. The acer model line number denotes the soldered graphics chip to the motherboard.

    And in the line range the ZG suffix will denote if it`s the case or if the board has a Mini Pci-e connector edge where a propriety graphics solution board can be connected to the slot as a graphics up grade option. They are normaly found on high end gaming laptops, where as with mid to low range laptops have them soldered to the motherboard.

    Edit: The ATI HD 5470 is soldered to the 7741ZG motherboard I just checked.
  2. Shaun o said:
    Not as simple as you think, yes it is possible in some cases to upgrade the cpu if in the same generation model, to a higher frequency.

    As for the video card or chip. sometimes the chip is soldered to the motherboard of the laptop. The acer model line number denotes the soldered graphics chip to the motherboard.

    And in the line range the ZG suffix will denote if it`s the case or if the board has a Mini Pci-e connector edge where a propriety graphics solution board can be connected to the slot as a graphics up grade option. They are normaly found on high end gaming laptops, where as with mid to low range laptops have them soldered to the motherboard.

    Edit: The ATI HD 5470 is soldered to the 7741ZG motherboard I just checked.


    so basically I can't change the Vcard and I have a slight chance of improving the CPU correct?
  3. Best answer
    You won't be upgrading it.

    Even if you could find a better CPU for that socket you have two issues:
    1) The BIOS must contain the new CPU in its profile and it's unlikely to.

    2) The COOLING solution isn't meant to handle more power.

    Plus, I assume this for GAMES anyway? Upgrading your CPU would do very little when you have a low-end GPU for games.

    Games:
    If you look around carefully there should be a few games that are fun and run okay on your laptop. Torchlight in laptop mode for example.
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