Solved How can on board video in a laptop be updated or replaced

January 27, 2014 at 13:36:47
Specs: Windows XP, 1.60Ghz
My D 830 latitude's motherboard was damaged by the graphics card..It is an on board system.I want to purchase a used motherboard , but replace the 128mb graphics card before re-installation. Can you offer me any suggestions on the best way to do it. Thanks.
Stewills.

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#1
January 27, 2014 at 15:02:37
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Generally a laptop motherboard has built-in graphics adapter - which can't be replaced/changed for another...

I have seen the occasional reference to a laptop or two that does allow changing of one or two items on the motherboard; but if true then they're few and far between. To the best of my knowledge no Dell Latitude products allow it.

This is where to find the service manual for the D830 - very complete in details etc. You'll note there is no mention or reference to the graphics adapter.

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_latitude_laptop/latitude-d830_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf


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#2
January 27, 2014 at 16:52:14
Thanks for your information.PC World seemed to suggest it was possible, but they did not offer sufficient info.

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#3
January 27, 2014 at 17:00:42
To be absolutely sure - might be worth a quick phone call to Dell - and/or an email?

PC World (presumably in the UK…) are sometimes less than well informed on some things; and other times very well informed on them… My own experience is that it depends on who you manage to to chat to and how much they actually "know".

But as I say earlier - generally a laptop is pretty well a fixed system in terms of main board components; usually assembled/supplied as per specs chosen by the buyer/end-user?


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#4
January 28, 2014 at 07:18:38
In addition there is a You Tube video of someone replacing a graphics card on a D830, so I am keen to attempt it , as there is nothing to lose.

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#5
January 28, 2014 at 07:32:43
Thank you for that snippet - perhaps you can/will post the link to video here I'm most interested to see it (please). Useful to have for future reference too?

If it involves soldering, one has to be "very" careful about it; both in removing any currently soldered part/s and of course re-installing/soldering the new… Motherboards are "very unforgiving" when it comes to poor soldering technique - and any associated overheating/cooking of the board around the areas in question..


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#6
January 28, 2014 at 19:13:50

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January 28, 2014 at 19:15:46

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#8
February 1, 2014 at 07:48:05
You can't change the graphics in the D830. The reason there were different choices in graphics is because there were different models in the D830 series; some had lower end Intel GMA graphics, some had higher end NVidia Quadro graphics. The graphics chip is soldered to the board & is not upgradeable. All you had to do was pull up some D830 motherboard pics. Notice the NVidia graphics chip to the left of the CPU socket:

http://www.laptopaid.com/media/cata...

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#9
February 1, 2014 at 09:18:21
I have to agree with riider here... To my knowledge there is almost nothing on a typical laptop motherboard that can be replaced - as in upgraded... One can (if one has the expertise) replace a given component - but with care... Possibly the videos linked show the original chip being replaced with another of same make model, specs etc - not an actual higher spec'd one?

The videos linked to do appear to show something being replaced - allegedly the graphics chip... But I'm not clear as to how it's being done...

The "fan"(?) assembly put in place at the start - obscuring whatever(?) - no information what it's function is...; and the total lack of voice over describing what's happening (why the music???) means that what is happening is not at all clear.

The whole video of surfaces being "cleaned", possibly tinned with solder", paste of sorts applied and so on - is all very unclear as to what/why etc...

I have done fine level component work in the past - and wouldn't really advise "anyone" who hasn't some professional or equivalent experience ("educated/proficient amateur") etc. to try it... The risk of overheating the board itself, traces/tracks - and the actual chip itself - is high...?

I'm intrigued to (put it mildly) about just what the videos actually shows; and how the original poster here (stewills471) gets along with his efforts to replace/upgrade the chip. It would seem logical to buy a replacement board with the upgraded/higher spec'd chip already installed - if there is a higher spec'd chip?


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#10
February 2, 2014 at 07:21:49
I have already purchased a motherboard . Just wondered about replacing the graphics card before installing in my D830

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#11
February 2, 2014 at 13:45:30
I seriously wouldn't go there; and I regard myself - with all due modesty - as still reasonably capable of small component work with a soldering iron etc. If you really need a better chip, either have it installed before you buy the board, or go for another board - if it another board will fit into the Latitude?

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#12
February 3, 2014 at 12:13:04
Advice duly noted, and given consideration. Thanks

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