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What is the best processor i can get for my acer 3690?

I havn;t altered anythign in the chipsets yet, but I want to know with the defualt motherboard, what is the best processor my motherboard can support?

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Read the motherboard manual,

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(Last time I looked, this was the world's largest product support website, and there ARE technicians from AROUND the world; on here!!!!!!!! Do we count as an 'IT techie'? ........Lol!)

In all three of your posts, not once has the laptop manufacturer name, and model number been stated.

Processor (CPU) support depends on;

A) What processor socket is on the motherboard?

B) What motherboard chipset does the motherboard use?

C) What is the processor that is installed now?

With these parameters known, THEN you can think about CPU (Processor) upgrade.

1) CPU (Processor) has to FIT, the processor socket being used.
THIS, is also IF the motherboard HAS a processor socket; and is NOT soldered directly to the motherboard.

2) The motherboard chipset supports the Processor (CPU)
It has to be known if the motherboard chipset will support, the CPU (Processor) that you want to upgrade to.

For older computers the motherboard chipset consists of;
A) Northbridge chip
2) Southbridge chip

With this technology the Northbridge chip, of the motherboard chipset; is what determines Processor (CPU) support.
Newer technology, such as used per se by the Intel Core i processors, does NOT use a Northbridge chip.

3) Looking at the existing Processor now, you can determine;

A) Voltage Range: What voltage range does the exisiting Processor use now?
Does the upgrade Processor also fall within this Voltage Range?

B) Core technology, and architecture:
Existing Processor uses the Conroe Core technology, and the 90nm architecture. (NanoMeter)
Does the upgrade Processor also use the same Core technology, and architecture?

If not is there a BIOS upgrade available?
(The motherboard chipset also comes into play again, here)

Enough of this generic prattle.........
Post the laptop manufacturer name, and model number.
Then I, or someone else can give you the facts; and not generic information.

Post back in a Comment.

May 05, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Show video card Aspire 1691

I concur with Chris about this laptop model, (NOT that Chris needs me to concur)

If I may;

For the Aspire 1690 series of Notebook PC's, the graphics chipset is soldered directly to the motherboard.

There are models of laptops that DO indeed have a separate graphics, or video card. They use the MXM technology.

The Acer Aspire 1691wlmi Notebook PC, may have either the ATI Mobility Radeon X600 GPU, or the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 GPU.
(Graphics Processing Unit, or also known as the graphics chipset)

This is one example of the ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics chipset,

You are looking at a Top View, as it is mounted on the motherboard.
What you do not see is the method of mounting.
This graphics chipset is mounted to the motherboard, via a BGA surface mount.

Ball Grid Array.
To explain the BGA surface mount;
Compare to an older Intel Pentium 4 desktop processor, that uses a Socket 478 processor socket,

The processor has contact pins on the bottom of it's circuit board. 478 of 'em.
The processor socket has matching socket holes. (478),

With a BGA surface mount there are no contact pins, on the bottom of the graphics chipset, as used on an older Intel Pentium 4 processor. (That uses a Socket 478 processor socket)

There are no socket holes in a processor socket.
No socket on the motherboard.

In place of the contact pins, there are Solder Balls on the bottom of the graphics chipset.
In place of the socket holes in a socket on the motherboard, there are instead Copper Pads.
(The copper pads are also gold plated)

The graphics chipset is set down on the motherboard, with the Solder Balls lining up on the Copper Pads.
Heat is then applied at a specific temperature, and length of time.
This action melts the solder balls, and solders the graphics chipset to the copper pads.
(Thereby also soldering the graphics chipset TO the motherboard)

This example of one maker, of a SMT/BGA Rework Station at work, will help demonstrate the above method,

Scroll the page down, click on the red -
Take a few minutes to view the IR 650 demo video

That's just the mechanical aspects of replacing/upgrading a GPU, using a BGA surface mount.
Now you need to look into what will work.

The motherboard chipset determines what hardware components, can be used on a motherboard.
The motherboard chipset, as used on the Acer Aspire 1690 series of Notebook PC's, uses a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

(Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

The Integrated Circuit, or chipset, that is used for graphics, is the graphics chipset, or G.P.U., )

The Northbridge chip handles the faster capabilities of a computer.
Handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and High-speed graphics.

A graphics chipset using the PCI bus is NOT high-speed graphics.
(Such as a PCI graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, on a desktop computer motherboard)
Integrated graphics is also Not high-speed graphics.

High-speed graphics uses an AGP bus, or a PCI-Express bus.
The ATI Mobility Radeon X600, and X700 graphics chipset, on the Acer Aspire 1690 series of Notebook PC's, uses a PCI Express x16 bus,

IF, your Aspire 1690 series Notebook PC, uses an ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics chipset, and you wanted to upgrade to an ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphics chipset, it would not be worth your trouble.

By the time you buy the X700 chipset, have the X600 removed, and X700 installed, it would be cheaper, and wiser to just buy a better laptop.

[ One I bought for work to use on Electronic Technical Manual's, is an Acer Aspire 5552-3691
1) AMD Athlon II X2 P340 (Dual Core) processor
2) 4GB of DDR3 Sdram (SO-DIMM) ram memory at 1066MHz
3) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics chipset.
Price? $398.00USD.

Not the best by FAR. But MUCH better than what you have presently.
Just food for thought ]

Just thought you would like to know why, it isn't feasible to try to upgrade the graphics chipset.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Jun 06, 2012 | Acer Aspire 1691WLMi PC Notebook

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Upgrade d33006 mobo

That isn't the model number of the motherboard.

It is on the motherboard usually towards the middle, on a GigaByte.

Starts with GA- and letter/numbers.

Usually in the middle of the motherboard, but may be on one edge, or in-between expansion slots, such as the white long PCI slots.

If you cannot find it, and the motherboard is operational, and the computer is internet ready, use Belarc Advisor for free,

When you find it use the Gigabyte CPU Support List,

[ I personally would use CPU-Z. MUCH more detailed info.

You need to know;

A) What processor socket is on the motherboard?

B) What motherboard chipset?

C) What BIOS version, and date, would help.

1) Processor socket:
No brainer. The processor has to fit in the processor socket, and the processor socket must support THAT processor.

[ Power, Signal, and Ground socket holes, must match up to the Power, Signal, and Ground, contact pins of the Processor.
Or other way around if the processor socket has the contact pins ]

2) Motherboard chipset:

I'm just guessing this isn't a motherboard that supports Intel Core i processors. Therefore the motherboard chipset has a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

The Northbridge chip handles the faster capabilities of a computer.
It handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

[ AGP and PCI-Express are High-speed graphics technology.

A graphics card inserted into a PCI slot is Not high-speed graphics.
Integrated graphics is Not high-speed graphics either ]

The Southbridge chip handles the slower capabilities of a computer.

A) IDE devices
B) SATA devices
D) Ethernet
E) Audio (Sound)

CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

Let's use an example of an Intel motherboard chipset. An Intel 945GC,

Here we see the Processors supported in the chart. We also see the Front Side Bus support. (FSB)
It's 800MegaHertz. (800MHz)

You also see the Process Support. 65nm
(nm stands for NanoMeter. One billionth of a meter )

Let's say I wanted to use the best Processor, that this motherboard chipset will support.

That would be an Intel Core2 Duo that is based on the 65nm architecture, and has an 800MHz FSB.

I would then look at a chart for the processor that is currently being used, and see what it's Voltage Range is.

From the above information, I would know that if the processor I want to use, has the same voltage range.

1) Fits the Processor socket

2) Has same Process Support. (nm architecture)

3) Has no more than an 800MHz FSB.

4) Falls within the same voltage range as the current processor being used ]

Awaiting motherboard model number. Post back in a Comment.


May 06, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Acer Aspire 3690 laptop network problem

There are multiple LAN drivers available for that model from Acer. Make sure you download all of them for the specific OS and try each one. I note that the only operating systems they have drivers for are Windows XP 32bit, XP MCE 32bit and Vista 32bit. Make sure to also download and install the chipset driver.

Nov 11, 2017 | Acer Aspire 3690 Notebook

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This mother board support dual core proccessor

This motherboard is built with the Intel 845 chipset and is socket 478. This particular motherboard will not support a dual core processor of any kind. This board will only support a standard socket 478 Pentium 4 processor at best. I do not know of any that will support anything better than a Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor with a 400MHz F.S.B.

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How can i restore the acer aspire 3690 media keys? i formated my computer and cannot make those side keys work.

If you reformatted an re-installed Windows, you MUST ALSO RE-INSTALL ALL LAPTOP DRIVERS that came with the device for the appropriate version of Windows (including ChipSet and LaunchManager drivers).
Hope it helps.

Dec 30, 2009 | Acer Aspire 3690-2196 Notebook

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My Aspire 3690-2710 is running super slow! And I want to know how to mod my processor.

The simple answer is: You can't! The processor is an integral part of the MB and cannot be replaced or upgraded. Instead, look to see WHY you are running slow. How much memory do you have? With XP, you need 1GB, with Vista, you need 2GB. With any less, your machine will bog down.

Jul 03, 2009 | Acer Aspire 3690-2710 Notebook

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Need USB Drivers For Toshiba A10 Laptop

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Normally, driver installation order is as follows:


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