Is 10.3 i386 jinxed ?

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue May 3 16:41:09 UTC 2016

On Tue, 3 May 2016 22:04:15 +0530, Manish Jain wrote:
> On 05/03/16 21:48, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Tue, 3 May 2016 21:37:36 +0530, Manish Jain wrote:
> >> I found what is the problem, with the help of Ultimate Boot CD. UBCD
> >> says the video memory is corrupt.
> > Ha! As assumed, it looked too much like hardware error...
> >
> >
> >
> >> Does that mean I have to trash the
> >> entire laptop, or is there some way to replace the video memory ?
> > Depends.
> >
> > There are laptops where the GPU memory is allocated from the
> > installed memory modules that serve as RAM. Other models have
> > dedicated chips for the GPU which are independent. In such a
> > case, you probably cannot replace them. But if it's the first
> > case mentioned, exchange the RAM modules. The memtest results
> > usually are "false-negative" because the GPU memory is already
> > "cut off" from the cells available as regular RAM, so those do
> > not get tested.
> >
> >
> In case the video RAM is part of a dedicated chip, then should it not be 
> possible to replace the chipset ? With PC's, this is possible, I know. 
> But laptops, I have no idea.

I have not yet seen a laptop where the GPU was "a module" that could
be replaced easily. It's usually glued+soldered onto the mainboard,
as it is not intended to be replaced. That kind of memory also doesn't
come in sockets, so it's probably impossible to replace. The common
solution is to replace the mainboard, which implies to replace the
whole laptop. :-)

Still it might be possible that such "modular laptop mainboards" do
exist. It's just that _I_ haven't seen one...

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