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How to replace the video card?

I have a macBook Pro 17" with 512MB or video ram and would like to replace with a 1 or 1.5 GB dedicated video card, how can I do this? Pls help!

These are the specs on my mac:

Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1

Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz

Number Of Processors: 1

Total Number Of Cores: 2

L2 Cache: 6 MB

Memory: 4 GB

Bus Speed: 800 MHz

Sudden Motion Sensor:

State: Enabled


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What if you unsolder the old one and solder back in the upgraded one ! Yeah......... where do you buy the part and does it fit in the space of the old one !?........i think would be the better question to ask !



You need special soldering tools and experience to ball solder these chips. Not a DIY sort of project. BTW This is the space for Answers only - Please use the Add Comment link to make comments OR start a new Question of your own.


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You can't

the VGC is soldered to the board (as it is with most laptops). You'd have to buy a laptop with the video RAM or resolution you desire, or a desktop that uses replaceable exchangeable VGC cards.

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