Aspire 5920 GPU Swap/upgrade

This is a DIY guide to replace the graphics card in the Aspire 5920 model.

Warning! Do this in your own risk, please observe other similar modifications and understand your own skills on these tiny operations, unplug the computer and eject the battery for safer working enviroment. REQUIRES A STEADY HAND for the physical part. I am not able to hold responsible for any damages to your own systems.

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Table of Contents:

1a. Suggested Tools
1b. Materials
2a. Open the back plate
2b. Replacing the card
2c. Close the case
3a. Install the driver (ATi)
3b. Install the driver (NVIDIA)
4a. Remarks
5a. Reference
6a. Contact

1a. Suggested tools:

philips screw driver

1b. Materials

Aspire 5920 (With 8600m GS or GT, intel x3100 does NOT have the MXM slot)
Thermal Paste/Pad
MXM Type II card with Acer bios preloaded.

2a. Opening the back plate

First make sure you unplugged the laptop, pulled out the battery. There are 9 screws needs to be unscrewed to open the back plate they are indicated by the small red circled locations as follows:
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Once all the screws are removed, you should be able to easily remove the back plate revealing the heat sink, graphics card, RAM, etc.

2b. Replacing the card

The card’s compatibility can be tricky, but if you chose the ones with Acer vBios preloaded, it shouldn’t be a problem. Which one is the graphics card? yes, the laptop graphics cards are very different then the desktop editions, you can be amazed by how small the card is compared to a desktop edition. The graphics card is shown in the image below:
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Locate the 4 screws that holds the graphics card in place, while holding down the graphics card(avoiding the graphics card from poping out when you are unscrewing it) unscrew all 4 screws.
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Remove the 4 screws and slowly let the graphics rise like shown:
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Pull out the card
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Here is a picture of the old and the new card
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Looking at the heatsink, there is the old thermal pad, you can still use this one if you are swaping with a 8XXX series, they have the same thickness to the core, but if you have something with thinner core(usually smaller nm technology such as the ATi Radeon HD3650) you need to either use ALOT of thermal paste or a thicker version of the thermal pads, thermal pads are harder to locate in a local store.
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Here is a picture of the Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
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If you have metal frame with your new card, you can remove it simply by pushing it out
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Insert the new card in the angle you have pulled out your old one
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Noticed that i kept the thermal paste from the shape ai squeezed it out
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Push the card down
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Screw the card in place
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2c. Close the case

Close the case as you opened it, check all the 9 screws are screwed back in.

3a. Install the driver (ATi)

You will be able to retrieve the driver from here(this is the ATi Vista driver provided directly for Acer laptops from Acer)
you can also find drivers from here but these have touble playing HD-DVD or Bluray, but if you just care about games this will be better.

3b. Install the driver (NVIDIA)

You will be able to retrieve the driver from here(this is the NVIDIA Vista driver provided directly for Acer laptops from Acer)
you can also find drivers from here but these have touble playing HD-DVD or Bluray, but if you just care about games this will be better.

4a. Remarks:

– I got my card off ebay

– My card had Acer bios preloaded, a blind flash may be required if you have another brand

– I am actually using ATi Mobility Radeon HD3650, since the 8600m GT had issues.

– This DIY guide is written by me.

– The primary opjective for this guide is to share my findings to worldwide. so others can follow, and no need to waste time for trial and error like I had to.

Link to the picture gallery

5a. References:
http://www.laptopvideo2go.com MXM upgrade info can be found here

6a. Contact

If you have other questions, please reply on the bottom here,www.theacerguy.com or Email me at morrismurphy@gmail.com

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