Solved Can I replace a video card on a laptop?

June 2, 2015 at 19:08:58
Specs: Linux x86_64
I have a HP Compaq CQ60-615DX with a video that is starting to fail. I can't tell if the video is built into the mother board or if it is seperate card that I can replace. I see I can buy a mother board but I don't see a video card available yet it seems to be a seperate card. How much of a hassle is it to upgrade? I used to build my own desktops back in the days when it made sense to.

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June 2, 2015 at 19:29:10
I don't know that particular model but normally with laptops the display module is built in. You might be able to trace back from the screen connector on the motherboard to find it. Apart from the difficulty of installing onto a solder dipped motherboard I think you would have some difficulty obtaining the component.

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June 2, 2015 at 23:02:24
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Almost all Laptop video systems are built into the motherboard and are not upgradeable. The few exceptions tending to be in high end "gaming" laptops. The few choices available will be from the laptop manufacturer and you will pay a premium price for them.

With the exception of hard drives and memory Laptops are not very upgrade friendly.

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June 3, 2015 at 09:52:21
The CQ60 is an older entry level laptop so it's highly unlikely there's an actual graphics card. That's usually reserved for high end gaming laptops costing thousands of dollars. What makes you think the graphics are failing?

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