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How to: Replace your broken (8600M GT) graphics card (in the [I]FL90)

Discussion in 'Compal' started by Dr.Colossos, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Dr.Colossos

    Dr.Colossos Notebook Evangelist

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    I think I can only point you to this thread -> http://forum.notebookreview.com/gam...s/358443-toshiba-x205-sli1-graphics-card.html

    Or google -> https://www.google.de/search?q=Toshiba Satellite X205-SLi1 mxm

    But honestly, for a laptop of maybe 5 to 7 years old, I would think twice if I would repair it, or sell it for parts and get a new machine. Thing is, if you buy a replacement 8600M, it will fail again, eventually, because it is build to fail. So you will have to get a replacement for the replacement sooner or later. Guessing you will at best get a used 8600M GT, this card normally is also 3-7 years old, and then again will fail sooner than later.

    Good luck!
     
  2. brody038

    brody038 Newbie

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    hi guys i just recently acquired an ibuypower Fl92 notebook for less than what i would spend on a new notebook nowadays and my Gpu just crapped out after a couple of weeks. im guessing this notebook is about 6 or 7 years old. I gamed for a few weeks for up to 6 hrs straight and no problems til today. I am not a Modder or Hardcore Gamer, i simply bought this Turd of a Laptop just to play an old dx9 mmo on my days off from work. Now that this isnt happening, Everything else on the pc is fine. The Gpu itself is getting ready to Die. What would be a stable working out of the Box card from ATI thats just as powerful as an 8600m GT? Im just simply looking for an easy replacement. Mxm Upgrade doesnt have any Cards and Ebay is flooded with ati cards ranging from Toshiba, asus, and Acer. All of which have ddr2 and ddr3 written on them. I need something that requires almost no Modification. Any advice on what still works? i know this is old tech but if i get a year or 2 out of this laptop then its worth my investment of a new card.
     
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  5. Dr.Colossos

    Dr.Colossos Notebook Evangelist

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    The very first page of this thread has all the info you want.

    I'd aim for an ATI 3650 DDR2, 512MB. This is the card working in 99% of the time and performs as good, or slightly better than the 8600M GT. If the game you play is less demanding, then a 3400/3450/3470 would also work, and is cheaper. You want a card pulled from an Acer, with Acer BIOS (no HP, Dell, Toshiba, Asus) - if is red, you can be quite sure it's from an Acer. if it's green or blue - hands off!

    These are your two best options.

    Cheers & Good Luck!
     
  6. brody038

    brody038 Newbie

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    Hey Doc i managed to score me a working 8600m GT. Card was pulled off an Fl92 that was never used and dissambled for parts. So card card ois basicaly brand spankn new :) Problem is no thermal pads. where can i get some? ive checked ebay and mxm upgrade. They aint got SQUAT!!! :(
     
  7. Dr.Colossos

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    ebay got this: thermal pad | eBay

    You could also use the old one from your broken card, but of course, new ones are better.

    When reassembled, be sure to check temps with GPU-Z both in idle and under load.

    Good luck
     
  8. brody038

    brody038 Newbie

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    hey dr. Colossus what specific thermal size or measurements do i need for the 8600m gt card? i know some pads are thicker or smaller in size and i dont know which one to go with.
     
  9. Dr.Colossos

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    hmmmm ... 0.5 or 1mm maybe ... sorry, dont really know. Got an old one left over?

    Also, for the chip set use paste, pads only for memory banks.

    good luck
     
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    kosa2000 Newbie

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    Hi guys, after baking my GF8600 for the second time, I have upgrated my FL90's gpu to a radeon 4670 card (512MB DDR3 version from MSI). It works nicely. I get about 6950 pts in 3dmark06 (1280x800), pci-e throttling occurs, but very rearly, it's not a problem for me. I had to modify the heatsink and undervolt the card to 1.1V becouse it was overheating, now it's temperature after 30 minutes in Furmark is max 85°C. The external display also works. But recently i saw something disturbing. When my CPU is under full load and it's temperature reaches about 80°C, the fan shuts down and no thermal throttling occurs, the cpu temp keeps on rising. At 98°C i turned off my computer to prevent damage. The CPU is a T7700 C2D. The seccond thing i noticed, are erros when running Memtest86+. After a minute of testing the test halts due to a fatal exeption. My ram is 100% ok. The funny thing is that none of this happens when I put back my old GF8600. My bios version is 1.18. This also happens when I replace the CPU to T6600. Despite of this, everthing runs great, no BSOD, no freezes, restarts. Any ideas what might be causing this?
     
  11. Dr.Colossos

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    I know both problems, got no solution for the memtest problem, but for the fan, you might try notebook hardware control - you might need an adapter (small dll? txt? dont remember) for that to work with the FL90. I found that in a polish forum.

    This is the thread where to download the adapter (I think) -> Recepta na wysokie temperatury w FL90? - Forum Notebookcheck.pl

    You may try that, I cannot remember if that worked for me.

    Good luck
     
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    Hi,

    I would like to replace my broken 8600 GT in Compal FL 90.
    Could anybody give a clue whether ATI Radeon HD3650 from Acer aspire 6530 G will fit?
    I am asking because the Acer has HDMI port and Compal has only RGB port.
    I suppose it shouldn't be a problem, but I would like to be sure before buying it.
     
  13. Dr.Colossos

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    It works, I always pulled my cards from Acers, also several times from an 6530G.

    Good luck
     
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    hey doc what should the normal temps be under Gpu Z with the stock 8600m GT? i finally got my card in and i checked the temps as follows: running under windows is 75 C and Gaming under Load ranged from 85 C to 91 C before i turned it off. Notebook is still completely stock is this normal?
     
  15. Dr.Colossos

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    Sounds somewhat ok, but lower is always better.

    Maybe clean out some dust. You can access the fan from when removing the rear panel. Also, get a vacuum cleaner, and try to get dust out of the vents.

    Do not remove the heat sink, as you would need to reapply thermal paste.

    Good luck
     

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