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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎03-20-2016
Location: France
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Y500 - Is it possible to replace the GPU?

Hello all,


I am pretty sure I fried the 650M GPU in my Lenovo Y500, and would like to know my alternatives.


Why I'm sure I've fried it:

In the Device Manager, Windows gives me an Error 43 (Unknown Device Error, or the like) on the GPU
I have only the Windows Basic Display Driver when anything analyzes my video system
Apart from videos (Youtube, etc.), no game displays more than 3-4 FPS
I've reinstalled the drivers, clean-installed Windows, updated and downgraded between W10 and W8.1, restarted countless times, etc.

 My questions:


  • Is the GPU embbeded in the motherboard? Is it possible to replace it?
  • If I buy the Ultrabay 650M additional graphic card, is it possible to make it work solo?

 Thanks anyone for any input!

Sr Support Specialist
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Registered: ‎11-30-2015
Location: PH
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Re: Y500 - Is it possible to replace the GPU?

Hi Y3llowB3rry ,



Welcome to the Community Forums.


Embedded GPU are replaceable . reworks on the chips would require specific thermal regulation machine and high end skill to do it . Reference video here and here as examples. Local service center may have this reball and rework services.


I would not suggest you buy the add on cause this may not work depending on how the motherboard would be able to allow to switch detection. POST (power on self test) process needs the inboard graphics as primary default to complete.


If you have a spare then it's worth a try but noy really optimistic about it.

Best to fix the GPU first before any alternatives.


Hope this  answered your query.




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