Aspire 7720G major upgrade

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  1. DoZe

    DoZe Notebook Consultant

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    Yep :0) Place for both, no problem.
    The only annoying thing, you need to disassemble the top cover (remove keyboard, etc...) to put bluetooth module. There's a small white connector directly on the motherboard to plug it.

    You need SR71-E (Mini Pci-e) not SR71-15 :

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/202653804871

    Specs : http://site.microcom.us/sr71_e_ds.pdf
     
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  2. eatmydust

    eatmydust Notebook Enthusiast

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    @DoZe Looks like the link for the 4.1 Blackedition is dead. Could you please update that?

    I tried to search as 7720G blackedition 4.1 but error comes up.
     
  3. eatmydust

    eatmydust Notebook Enthusiast

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    Below is the error I get when trying to install driver. Any help would be very much appreciated.
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    9600M GT 1,024MB DDR2
     

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  4. DoZe

    DoZe Notebook Consultant

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    This is the latest available and modded Bios for 7720G, flashtools included.
    You need to create a bootable USBkey, of course.
     

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  5. Tarkonte

    Tarkonte Notebook Enthusiast

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    Back again to RAM expansion.
    In many forums several users reported either 2x4GB either 4+2 GB configuration supported by PM965, using one or two 4GB SODIMM DDR2 @400MHz modules.
    Before buying anything I would like to be quite sure to not throw out money...
    Could anyone give me a hint about that?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  6. Tarkonte

    Tarkonte Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all!
    New problems on my 7720G...
    1. I don'know when and why, but system with windows10-64 doesn't find any BT module. I never used it before, so I can't say if the problem was born after the WiFi card swap or with W10 installation. A system scan doesn't find any trace of the module and, yes, it has been enabled in BIOS settings.
    2. Hot buttons do not operate in any way. I've tried to install hot button software but it's impossible because it isn't recognized by Windows 10. So BT activation button it's not functioning.
    3. Subwoofer is not active. No way to activate it. Original drivers cannot be loaded in any way (obviously!)
    4. After the WiFi card upgrade (from standard 3945abg to present N-6205 abgn) system has a strange behaviour. Hibernate is active, system goes correctly sleeping but, at the restart, the Hibernate state is not reloaded. After a few seconds in booting, system hangs before activating wifi. Reset (ctrl-alt-canc) is needed in order to reboot system, and hibernation data are lost. Same at normal boot after power off. System hangs in boot process just before wifi activation, before the orange led is lighting. Again, a normal ctrl+alt+canc resolves and boots system again. In order to make things more complicated, I've noted two other weird things:
    • If system restarts after a Windows upgrade, there is no need to restart.
    • If system restarts after a low battery event and consequent forced power off, the reboot doesn't hang neither recovers from hibernation.
    My system is a 7720G with Bios 1.45 Black Edition.
    Speccy reports:
    • Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    • CPU Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T8100 @ 2.10GHz
    • RAM 4,00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 (5-5-5-15)
    • Motherboard Acer Poyang (uPGA-478)
    • Graphics 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS (Acer Incorporated [ALI])
    • Generic PnP Monitor (1440x900@60Hz)
    • HD1 223GB KINGSTON SA400S37240G (SSD)
    • HD2 232GB Western Digital WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0 (SATA)
    • Optical Drives PIONEER DVD-RW DVRKD08RS ATA Device
    • Audio Dispositivo High Definition Audio + NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)
    Any suggestion in order to make my system function again will be appreciated a lot.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  7. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    Back to showing the 7720 some love. I am now ready to proceed with all my 7720 upgrades. I need this machine for the firewire port for my old DV camera. So, I am getting ready to order the black keyboard, new lid (i freakin cracked mine one day), a t9300 processor, 8gb of DDR2, a 240gb ssd and a 1tb ssd. I think I can breath more life into her yet! I love the fact that this notebook (I am typing on it now), was made the exact same month as my macbook 3.1. The macbook is now a paperweight with no way forward with OS updates. So basically its useless. Safari does not work correctly, Chrome does not work correctly, apple won't even let me download software I paid hundreds of dollars for from their store on it. Meanwhile, on the same vintage acer I am now installing the latest version of windows 10, it's fast right now, and even moreso when I am done. I can run all the latest software on it albeit somewhat slower than a current machine it's not horrible. Hell, the macbook right now, using a mouse it even brutal as it skips and is not smooth. Planned obsolesence at its best.

    I can't wait to get this ole thing finished up. I will post pics and a writeup as I go along with it!
     
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    Dont get me wront, but why dont you just buy a new camera?
    A go pro might be an interesting aquisition, and no need to dump money into a 10y old laptop, to use a tape based camera..
     
  9. kojack

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    No because there are lots of videos I have of my son when he was a baby and I want them put on our storage to keep them safe and to watch them on our tv. I have the computer running now with a fresh install of 10 and it's fast. No where near showing it's age. Unlike the paperweight that is my 2007 macbook. I have a go pro, 2 fujifilm cameras that do video, as well as other items. But my son likes using the tape based system because of the camera. It gives 480p resolution videos which is not bad, has various features not found on cheaper tape based systems and has a 1000x zoom feature. I am going to be ordering a few filters to put on the front of it plus a rig mount for led light, microphone and easier handling. It is fun to use older stuff! This acer is a killer laptop that works great. Once I pop in the 8gb of ram, and t9300 with a newer SSD it should be a great laptop for many more years.
     
  10. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    What's peoples battery life on the 7720? mines at 2 hours 15min at 97%. I think I am going to get a new battery. Also, I need to replace the spinny drive for storage with a new SSD. I am going to say screw it and get the kingston 2tb a400.
     
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