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can i use my old laptop with its GPU removed?

by ank15 / November 18, 2013 7:39 PM PST

i have 4yr old laptop acer 8735g that recently started restarting randomly sometimes it doesn't even reach password window. After checking everything it seems hardware problem i think my geforce 240m is dying. So i was thinking if i could remove my GPU and just use my old laptop.

i have already opened case and checked i have a removable graphic card.

processor c2d T6600 2.2ghz
ram 4gb
GPU geforce 240m 1gb
HDD 500gb
os win7 hp

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2013 11:49 PM PST

But did you do the usual work/maintenance? My son has a Nvidia 240m system and after a few years it's still OK but we do use the canned air every month. Some laptop owners are never told about that.

If the canned air doesn't help then you replace the heatsink compound and clean as you close it up.

So my question is, have you done the maintenance?

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by ank15 / November 20, 2013 4:24 PM PST
In reply to: Unlikely.

Yes, I have cleaned my laptop regularly.

Actually I am sure it is a hardware problem.I have tried formatting my laptop- didn't help.But I could make it work in safe mode without restarting (GPU is not used in safe mode) but off late it has started randomly restarting in safe mode as well...

For 4 years I have cared too much for this laptop which makes it hard to throw off even when i have other laptop brought in...

I don't mind if it work without GPU it can be my desktop replacment where i backup my data and play songs...

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I didn't read if you did the last thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2013 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: yes!

I've encounter far too many machines with dried out heat sink compound. 4 years is a long time so did you do the work or have it done?

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i did..
by ank15 / November 21, 2013 2:55 PM PST

once every year...

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You write about the GPU
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2013 2:57 PM PST
In reply to: i did..

But so far no laptop I've found lets you remove the GPU. Maybe yours is different? Why not try it?

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