I need to replace the motherboard on a Gateway 4020GZ laptop. Which motherboards are interchangeable with the one that came in it? According to the support docs, the motherboard # is Gateway part #102532.
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Usually in a laptop you can't just throw any motherboard in. Usually it has to be the same make and model. Sometime the boards can be interchangeable with in model families. However, I wouldn't bet on it.
Usually, video cards for laptops are built in to your motherboard. So it means to say that when you want to upgrade your laptop's video card you need to replace your laptop's motherboard as a whole. This process is expensive I should say.
I'm not sure what you think a reasonable price is, but keep in mind your won't be able to get one new from Gateway. However, it seems that they run from $150.00 up to $200.00 by googling it. I found one on eBay HERE, that seems reasonable. You can alway send it to a repair person to review it, but the cost would be about the same. Last option would be to contact Gateway and ask for a upgrade discount to a new laptop.
the motherboard can not be tested but, usually what makes the motherboard fail is the little tape between the power switch board and the motherboard the answer to hdmi and, blueray is: yes and, yes you can interchange them then go to hp.com to get the software and, drivers
You do not give a reason for wanting to add a video card to this laptop, whether the video is not working or you just want to upgrade. I just looked at Gateway's support site and it appears the video that is standard with your laptop and motherboard is an integral part of the motherboard and cannot be replaced or upgraded.
According to this review, you can upgrade as far as a 2 GHz P4-M at least;
Other than that, i have been unable to find the details of your motherboard - if you can post the make and model (should be printed on it somewhere) then I would hope to find a more complete list of compatible and incompatible processors.
Gateway themselves no longer offer online info or support for this model, but the motherboard details should enable me to find out what you need to know.
Waiting for your post :)