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  1. implosive

    implosive Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, not sure if this forum is dead but I have a question. I have gone through a read a bunch around the web and am still a bit unsure. I have on my desk a 560m that I took out of a broken g53sx-a1. There seems to be a great deal of conflicting information out there, several threads I've read state that g53 cards are all soldered to the mainboard. However, the gpu sitting on my desk says otherwise. I also have in my possession a functional g53jw-a1 which I successfully repaired. Is it possible to replace the JW's 460m with the SX's 560m?
     
  2. Meaker@Sager

    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    The card is not soldered onto the G53JW and should be the same as the SX, both are just not MXM.
     
  3. Kevin@GenTechPC

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    It is possible to do so since both are ASUS systems, but as Meaker said you cannot use VGA card from other companies due to compatibility.
     
  4. kaivanr

    kaivanr Newbie

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    Hello folks,

    I've had a G53JW-A1 for around 18 months now, bought it used off eBay and it's out of warranty anyway.

    A while back it showed up with freezing problems. I noticed that when it ran normally under light usage, it got a fair amount of WHEA Logger Events (Event ID 17, at the PCI Express root port 0x138). When it comes under load, it freezes entirely and I have to hard-reboot it so it's out of commission now. After some browsing on the subject, I've noted that I've had a lot of the typical problems with this laptop (power pin broke, keyboard lag, LVDS cable likes to unseat itself and screw with the display, etc.) - I've dealt with these one by one as they showed up, but I'm left curious about fixing this problem. I've done all the INF updates, power settings, driver configs and reinstalls I need to know it's none of those things, and it's on BIOS 211 so that shouldn't be the issue.

    Since I'm something of a hobbyist, I'm looking at repairing it (an i7 with a good video card is a terrible thing to go to waste). This problem happens in G53's and G73's, as well as an HP laptop whose motherboard was manufactured by the same company at the same time. I can isolate it to being one of two components: either the motherboard itself, or the video card. Being that I've had so many other problems with integral pieces of the motherboard, I'm inclined to guess it's that, but I can't rule out a GTX460M failure.

    Does anyone who's done surgery on these machines still lurk this thread? Curious to know what experiences people might have to share on hardware issues with the G53JW.

    Thanks. :D
     
  5. Meaker@Sager

    Meaker@Sager Company Representative

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    Make sure you rule out the ram as a potential issue, run one stick at a time.
     
  6. kaivanr

    kaivanr Newbie

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    I checked my RAM and a stick was bad so I'm grateful for that suggestion which I hadn't really considered as being related to my scenario, but the fault at the PCI Express root port remains. Seems an uncommon problem, which may be a good thing in sourcing parts.
     
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    Uninstall the device, reboot the PC and check again, but if the symptom persists, then best to do a system reset/refresh, or clean reinstall.
     
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