Acer aspire 7720 in 2020 thread!

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  1. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    So, I recently fired up my old chunk of laptop. Installed the latest version of 10 on it and everything is working great. I also recently found my old mini dv camera. Again, firing it up I noticed I could only transfer videos from it to a computer using firewire.

    Low and behold, the good Ole 7720 has firewire. I did my first transfer yesterday and it worked perfectly. I have to get my workflow running a bit better, but it works and is dandy. I am wondering about resolve and upscaling the videos to hd. I have to check it out. I think that would overwhelm my acer, and I'm going to use my dell for upscaling. I may try it on the acer just to see though.

    Now I have to add the drives to it for storage.
     
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    Tarkonte Notebook Enthusiast

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    Last november my 7720G died. Better, my 7720G VGA card died after years of orrible tortures (hot & cold, hotter and cold, and so on).got
    I decided to not fix it and buy a new laptop (got a used Fujitsu Lifebook E754 in perfect conditions but with HD ready screen and no cam, no good in these days...).
    Last month, after several sessions of conf calls without cam or forced to use phone, I checked for a spare VGA card in Aliexpress and found a 9600M for few bucks.
    I got it, installed et voilà, system up & running.
    I still prefer to use this (I could use another 14", newer Fujitsu E746 with FHD display and a more powerful i7 cpu) because of the display quality and of the very good responsiveness of the keyboard.
    But the system is a quite bit old and performance are suffering for low RAM and CPU.
    The first one will not be upgraded, but I'm looking for a nice, cheap substitute of the present T8100.
    I also will swap the wifi network card with a new one with integrated BT, given that built-in BT module it's not working neither can be activated (dunno why???).

    Pay attention to SATA2 interface. It will limit in a negative way the performance of a SSD drive, so don't waste money in very fast devices. Normal one will be fast enough...
     
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    Tarkonte Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi!
    Just an information about PCI-E slots.
    The above is a picture of 7720G mainboard on the cpu socket side.
    There are two slots, indicated by arrows, the should be two mini pci-e slots.
    The red arrow hilights the WiFi card, the yellow one a free slot that, according to the service manual, should accomodate a minicard tv-tuner.
    [​IMG]
    Now the question is: could be the JP19 slot (that with yellow arrow), at the moment empty, used for other different modules such as a faster flash disk or a 3G/4G card?
    Thank you all in advance.
     
  4. kojack

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    I am adding the ssd in sata2 for energy savings more than anything.


     
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    Just installed 20H2, it works great, the notebook is fast and snappy. 14 year old device still humming along with no issues.
     
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    StardustCrusader Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have it's smaller sibling, the 5720G. Also runs sweet, and mine sports a HD4650 (albeit the 1GB DDR2 version, OEM'd by Acer).
    Haven't tried installing 20H2 yet (not sure if the HDD is up to it - a Seagate Pipeline Mini 250GB) but I have instead settled for now w/ Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64.

    Have replaced the original screen + LVDS with a 7520G/7720G LVDS cable (as the 7520/7720 have a fully wired/dual-link cable, while 5520/5720 have a single link) as well as the display has been changed from the original 1280x800 AuO B154EW02 to a Chungwa CLAA154WP05A 1440x900 LCD (as I didn't see the reason to drop a 1680x1050 panel - I do have one running in a souped up HP DV6723ea).

    It's been part of a few of my personal restoration projects during the strange kind of lockdown that's been rolling for some weeks now - here's I've restored these so far:

    - Aspire 6920G - 834G32Bn
    - Pavillion DV9658ea
    - Pavilion DV6723ea
    - Aspire 8930G - 643G25Mn
    - Aspire 5520G
    - Aspire 5738ZG
    - Aspire 5920G
    - Pavilion DV7-3165el
    - Aspire 6930G

    I also plan on restoring a DV5-1131en. T3400, GF 9200M GS, no HDD, no RAM. Should be fun and hopefully much cooler once I clean and upgrade it.
     
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    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    HP dv5? I had the 7. great looking machine but mine had motherboard problems.
     
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    StardustCrusader Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yeah, I ain't touching the AMD versions, not even with a 10ft pole lol. Had 4 1st gen DV7s with bad boards. Swapped one of them for a 3rd generation (3100 series) DV7-3165EL, and that one was pretty sweet. Shame the battery is dead and it still runs hot, but that's AMD for you.

    Same goes for the DV5s. This one is the third I have been through, after the other two Turion based DV5s didn't come back after reflowing the IGP. The 9200M GS+T3200 I got is actually reliable - doesn't heat up horribly (not even after upgrading to a P8400!) and also is pretty silent. Same issue with the battery almost - it still has a bit of charge left but it's at a ridiculously low 3-5 minutes lol. I might send it for recelling (I don't have the tools to reprogram the BMS, and they do capacity upgrades) since it's a nice machine. That, or I'll just order a extended battery.

    Also just for fun I might track down a AMD based DV7 from the 1000 series, and have a shot at reflowing it again. I just don't stop until I get one working lmao.
     
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    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    I sent my dv7 back 3 times to get the mobo replaced. Each time taking over 2 months. I had to buy my acer to be able to work reliably. The store took the dv on trade when it came back from the 3rd mobo replacement. My acer has been 100 percent reliable since then. Even the original battery is still working to around 2 to 3 hrs of usage.
     
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    Yes, I agree with you because I have been using Acer laptops more than 10 years and they haven't let me down at all.
     
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