Originally Posted by MichelleG
the "card" is soldered onto the mainboard. no chance of upgrading so you will get the exact same thing. a local tech will probably not have the tools to replace just the video chip. i would recommend acer, but there are places out there on the intertubes that may be able to do it. none i would recommend.
Not really interested in reviving an old thread but this came up as #2 result for my google search in regard to the video card for this machine, and I wondered how many other people with this problem had been put off fixing their machines because of the misinformation above.
The card is not 'soldered onto the mainboard'. It's a discrete gpu which slots in. The part number is nVidia p419. Regarding its replacement, its probably not something the average end-user could do easily. Ram, HDD's, Tuner and WLAN components are all accessible from the back panels of the machine, but the GPU requires additional disassembly.
For anyone interested in doing this themselves, a service manual can be found HERE
and details exactly the steps involved in accessing and replacing the module. Once you get to the slot its just a couple of screws to remove/replace. There's a bit of work involved in getting to the slot though.