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January 23, 2013 7:40:50 AM

Hi Guys

I have a sony vaio i3 (VPCEB2ZOE), running win 7 64 bit with 8gb memory and it is a good laptop considering its a couple of years old.

I have an ati radion mobility hd 5470 graphics installed but can't seem to update my drivers, current one is 25/10/2011 and when I do update automatically it installs a driver from 2010.

Can i replace this graphics card with a new one? And whats a good one to go for, looking to spend £100-£150.

Many thanks

Mark
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a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 8:50:10 AM

"The following notebooks are not compatible with this tool: <snip>
Sony® VAIO® notebooks"
Guess Sony wants you to go to their website.

This a UK laptop correct? "Bugger" tipped me off (: You may have swapped the number "0" for the letter "O". Try

http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/VPCEB2Z0E_BQ/u...

January 23, 2013 10:48:56 AM

VAIO site has old drivers as well..19/11/2010

I wonder what happen if you install 13.1(1/17/2013) drivers for a desktop HD 5470...dunno if it will let you install, else you are stuck with 2010 drivers i guess.
January 23, 2013 10:55:53 AM

It might be possible, but it is challenging, and expensive.

Here's a video link of me doing it to an Acer laptop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwwzqsiJMTE

What you need to do is find out if you could get a different graphics card in the SAME model of your Sony besides the Intel HD GMA.

If they made a motherboard with a Nvidia or AMD GPU that would fit into your SAME chasss, you can find that motherboard, buy it, install it, and hopefully boot up into a new GPU situation.

The problems:

1. its expensive... honestly, you have a first gen i3, and this upgrade could cost you at LEAST $200 in the US, as you would have to get the motherboard AND compatible heatsink cooler to fit the new motherboard.

That i3 is pushing 4 years old now, and its really not worth investing that much money into :/ 

2. I don't think Sony optioned your laptop with any other GPUs. It could be that I don't understand how to read Vaio part numbers, but I can't find the same laptop body with any other GPU available.

3. Its REALLY hard to find a company that actually sells motherboards for laptops, and if you can they usually don't show accurate pictures or list what GPU is on it because they don't know. they just pull from a working laptop and use stock images that don't say what MB you are getting.

the best way to find out is to search for heatsinks that fit your model Sony and see if they have more than a couple variations, and that will tell you if there is one available that will cover the CPU and an additional onboard GPU...

but there's no guarantee that someone selling a MB will list if it has a GPU on it.

Dry
January 23, 2013 11:02:05 AM

nconde25 said:
VAIO site has old drivers as well..19/11/2010

I wonder what happen if you install 13.1(1/17/2013) drivers for a desktop HD 5470...dunno if it will let you install, else you are stuck with 2010 drivers i guess.



I've learned it's best to use the drivers from the manufactures website, even if they are ANCIENT because they have the built in power saving functions and sleep mode functionality that AMD doesn't build into their drivers.

From my experience, using AMD's drivers for mobility on Dell's and Acer's has resulted in my laptops not being able to wake up from sleep and losing the ability to do things like dim the screen using the Power Settings feature as well as go correctly into power saving mode.

Dry
January 23, 2013 11:10:06 AM

Changing the motherboard would be too much hassle for an inexperienced hand not to mention that what can fit in there probably won't be very different from what he already has.
Good info about the desktop driver, OP would be better getting a new system if the actual one doesn't suffice him.
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 11:12:42 AM

maquinn1974,
Mid range laptops have the graphics chip soldered to the main motherboard in most cases.
So an option to upgrade it will not exist. FYI Gaming laptops for example come with a Mini Pci-E slot on the laptop motherboard this allows you like in a tower system to remove the old card and fit a newer more modern model in some respect. But the option like I said is not often found in mid range laptops. I will have a check but I suspect the first poster as said.

No is right on the money about it.
January 23, 2013 12:22:24 PM

yea, for what it would really cost... you're pretty close to the cost of a new laptop with a mid range mobile GPU... :/ 

Dry
January 25, 2013 7:00:59 PM

Thanks everyone for your input, decided to let my boss have my laptop for £250.

Gonna get some advice for a desktop build around £500.

Thanks alot to all.

Mark
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