Upgrade a GMA X3100 Graphic Card on a Macbook 4,1. Is it Possible

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by chuknorriss, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. chuknorriss macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2009
    I want to know if there's any possibility to upgrade my Macbook's 4,1 Intel graphic card to a decent one. Here's what my system profile says.

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MB41.00C1.B00
    SMC Version (system): 1.31f0
    Serial Number (system): W88201FH0P1
    Hardware UUID: E5902FCD-9502-58C4-989C-71D9E1529A1F
    Sudden Motion Sensor:
    State: Enabled


    Intel GMA X3100:

    Chipset Model: GMA X3100
    Type: GPU
    Bus: Built-In
    VRAM (Total): 144 MB
    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)
    Device ID: 0x2a02
    Revision ID: 0x0003
    Color LCD:
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes
    Display Connector:
    Status: No Display Connected

    Thanks for any help you can give to this Mac n00b.
  2. Pgohlke macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    Centerville, Ohio
    simply put no. The card is soldered onto the motherboard.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Not so much soldered on as fully incorporated into the logic board.
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Only way is logic board replacement, but even then the layout of the 9400M containing boards may have changed enough that it may not be a straight swap, nor would it be very cost effective.

    Mind you, with the Intel GFX setups, the chip containing the GPU is also the northbridge.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    <1% laptops allow GPU replacement

    For laptops that allow GPU replacement, cost is so high it's typically not worthwhile.
  6. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    I'm in the same boat with the x3100. But, I may upgrade when the new
    laptops show up with quad cores, maybe in Feb.
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    I imagine you'll be waiting a LONG time for quadcore Apple laptops. Your best bet is Core i5 mobile dual-core chips coming up big first part of next year.
  8. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Google "GMABooster" if you aren't afraid of overclocking your Intel integrated graphics.
  9. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Upgrade your RAM to 4 GBs. I have the exact same machine as you and when I went from 2 gigabytes of RAM to 4 gigabytes I noticed speed improvements in many things.

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