Solved Upgrade my Acer Aspire 5738G laptop

October 10, 2014 at 03:48:36
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Core2 Due 2.20 GHz / 2x2 GB
I have an Acer Aspire 5738G laptop which runs Windows 7 Home premium. I want to upgrade the CPU, if possible; and the RAM, and maybe few other "peripheral" hardware.
As far as I know, the laptop has two 2GB DDR2 RAMs, so I can remove both and put two 4GB RAMs, and I can change the HDD from 500GB to 750 HDD. However; is it possible to change the CPU too? And what's the rage of CPUs I can look at?
For other parts; is it possible to change the network card, video card, bluetooth, and webcam?
I know that, even if it is possible; I won't change everything as I expect such thing to be expensive to a level buying a new one is better than upgrading, but I want to know first and then decide what I will and what I won't change!
Thanks in advance!

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October 10, 2014 at 14:53:06
The manual will sometimes indicate if those cards can be changed.

Wifi cards do seem often to be replaceable - more so than graphic adapters.

This is the service manual for your model:

http://tinyurl.com/377fyg9

from which it appears that the max RAM is typically 4Gig; but with "appropriate" memory chips it could be a high as 8Gig - there appear to be two types of RAM modules possible (info at chapter 1 page 1). Oddly at chapter 1 - page 19... the RAM max seems to be 4Gig?

Wifi module is removable; as is bluetooth, and surprisingly - the cpu seems to be too (though whether or not you can find another faster etc. cpu to upgrade to?). Likewise the webcam... I don't see any references to removing a graphics adapter; which would lead one to conclude it's hardwired/integrated within the motherboard. I note the specs do show several graphic adapters - depending on which model laptop you have; but in the manual there is no reference to actual removal of such adapters... Possibly a call to Acer themselves may shed light on that aspect?

If you do decide to have a go stripping down the laptop - ensure you use screwdrivers with the correct sizes and styles head. Also I suggest you "carefully" note where each screw was prior to removal. Often screws look identical to the naked eye - but aren't in actuality. Apple use a a mix of almost identical screws to hold the base of Macbooks in place; the screws look the same - but are either different lengths, or have collars, and/or are pan or countersunk heads. I would suggest taking a piece of stiff paper or thin card and insert (or tape?) each screw into (onto) it such away as to clearly show where it came from on the laptop (perhaps with a simple map/outline of the laptop itself drawn on the card).

These youtube videos may be of interest too (although the poor audio and a high degree of wobbly-cam do make them less than easy to follow at times...)

http://tinyurl.com/k2po2hw

http://tinyurl.com/ok9usoj

http://tinyurl.com/oos859o

And if one goes parts hunting... it seems to confirm the motherboards do use an integrated graphic card/adapter... An example here:

http://tinyurl.com/llkkrpk

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October 10, 2014 at 06:17:52
Generally laptops are more or less fixed in terms of hardware items on the motherboard itself. One can usually change (increase capacity within reason) the hard drive; replace the cd/dvd unit. Some may allow a change of the wifi card; some a possibly the graphics card/adapter (very rare I think....) - but that's about all?

Possibly others may have different experiences re' upgrading laptops but I think the above is pretty well the norm...


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October 10, 2014 at 09:02:22
As it happens, I have an Acer 5742.

Best thing would be to fit a SSD drive however, you will find ssd drive with large capacity very expensive.

There is no point fitting RAM greater than 3GB unless you are going to get a 64bit operating system. windows 7 home premium is 32bit.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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October 10, 2014 at 13:15:16
1- Thanks Clive, nice to see an Acer guy like me here :)
I have a 64bit operating system thats why it came with 4(2x2)GB RAM, and I was told by an authorised service centre that I could go upto 8GB. However; the guy over there were reloctant to tell me clearly if I could upgrade the CPU or not, he kept saying sometimes that I couldn't change and some other times things such as they didn't advice, it's hard or it's so expensive!
Encreasing the storage capacity isn't a priority for me as I still have almost half of the HDD free, but it remains an option to upgrade.
I, mostly; will upgrade the RAM and CPU, if possible; depending on options available to me and the price.
2- Thanks trvlr, I know that all depends on mainboard, but can you elaborate about wifi/net card and graphic card? How can I know if I can change or not and what type I can go for?
Cheers!

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October 10, 2014 at 14:53:06
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The manual will sometimes indicate if those cards can be changed.

Wifi cards do seem often to be replaceable - more so than graphic adapters.

This is the service manual for your model:

http://tinyurl.com/377fyg9

from which it appears that the max RAM is typically 4Gig; but with "appropriate" memory chips it could be a high as 8Gig - there appear to be two types of RAM modules possible (info at chapter 1 page 1). Oddly at chapter 1 - page 19... the RAM max seems to be 4Gig?

Wifi module is removable; as is bluetooth, and surprisingly - the cpu seems to be too (though whether or not you can find another faster etc. cpu to upgrade to?). Likewise the webcam... I don't see any references to removing a graphics adapter; which would lead one to conclude it's hardwired/integrated within the motherboard. I note the specs do show several graphic adapters - depending on which model laptop you have; but in the manual there is no reference to actual removal of such adapters... Possibly a call to Acer themselves may shed light on that aspect?

If you do decide to have a go stripping down the laptop - ensure you use screwdrivers with the correct sizes and styles head. Also I suggest you "carefully" note where each screw was prior to removal. Often screws look identical to the naked eye - but aren't in actuality. Apple use a a mix of almost identical screws to hold the base of Macbooks in place; the screws look the same - but are either different lengths, or have collars, and/or are pan or countersunk heads. I would suggest taking a piece of stiff paper or thin card and insert (or tape?) each screw into (onto) it such away as to clearly show where it came from on the laptop (perhaps with a simple map/outline of the laptop itself drawn on the card).

These youtube videos may be of interest too (although the poor audio and a high degree of wobbly-cam do make them less than easy to follow at times...)

http://tinyurl.com/k2po2hw

http://tinyurl.com/ok9usoj

http://tinyurl.com/oos859o

And if one goes parts hunting... it seems to confirm the motherboards do use an integrated graphic card/adapter... An example here:

http://tinyurl.com/llkkrpk

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#5
October 11, 2014 at 08:37:04
Hi trvlr, thanks for the effort you put in to enlighten me! :) I'll go throught it when I reach home and will post an update about it tomorrow. Cheers!

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March 22, 2015 at 22:55:10
Hi Omda. Did your upgrade to 8GB RAM work in the end?

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