Sony Vaio PCG-8Z2L Video Card

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  1. irmo123

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    Does anybody know if the Sony Vaio PCG-8Z2L has a graphics card that can be replaced? If so what would fit? I've been searching abouty an found conflicting answers.

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    That's a laptop - and it's not likely it can be replaced. Most laptops have the video chip soldered to the motherboard.
     
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    Thanks, I think you're probably right. The Sony site doesn't have much useful technical information. The laptop belongs to a friend. The geek squad said $400 to replace the graphics card, but I can't even find anywhere that says there's a card to replace. The most common statement is that there is an nVidia on board processor, but I though maybe there was a slot somewhere for an upgrade card or something.
     
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    That is actually for the motherboard. Have you explored eBay for a replacement board to do it yourself? I bet you can get one for under 80.00
     
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    Ah, its for the motherboard. Makes sense. Thank you clearing that up. Is there a particular mobo form/style/spec I should be lookng for or do I specifically need one for the PCG-8Z2L?
     
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    It needs to be a specific motherboard.
     
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    Looks like I need a A1364059A MBX-176 Motherboard. They are running $165 to $225 on ebay right now. I'm not a laptop tech, but from what I've seen I could probably do the swap. I just wonder whats next, fans? hard drive? The laptop is three years old, and used and the primary home computer at my friends house. I think that's how thye burned out the graphics chip, leaving the machine plugged in and turned on. I leaning towards recommending a new laptop. Thoughts?
     
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    It's not worth fixing at that price. I'd recommend a desktop.
     
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    Agree, thanks for the input
     
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    Yeah, that is pricey. I would not put that kind of money in it. I am used to the inexpensive (reasonable) Dells and Lenovo's. Strange enough, I have never had a Sony apart.
     
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    Thanks for all the help. I also recommended the more reasonably priced alternatives. My frind is indeed going to get a follow up question in. What's the easiest way to transfer the data from the old laptop to the new...given there is no video on the old laptop?

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    Exactly what I was looking for. Cool. Thanks.
     

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