Is 10.3 i386 jinxed ?

Manish Jain bourne.identity at
Tue May 3 17:47:22 UTC 2016

On 05/03/16 22:45, Warren Block wrote:
> On Tue, 3 May 2016, 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.
> Possible, yes, but in a notebook it will be soldered to the 
> motherboard, so replacing it would require hot-air rework equipment 
> and experience. Replacing the motherboard is simpler, although 
> sometimes not simple, even if you have done it before.
> Neither method is likely to be practical.  The term is "BER": beyond 
> economic repair.  Replacement of the system will be cheaper.

Is there any way I can find out whether the video RAM is part of the 
main memory or is it wired into a chip ?

Manish Jain

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