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Need to Replace nVidia 6800 Ultra Video Card on Dell XPS Gen 2

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I have a  Dell XPS Gen 2 laptop with a failing nVidia 6800 Ultra video card. The screen was no longer displaying properly. When wiping the HDD clean and reinstalling Windows XP didn't help I ran the Dell Hardware diagnostics CD which reported back errors w/ the video card's memory.

I see that there are people selling nVidia 6800 Ultra video cards on eBay, so I'm going to buy one there as a replacement.

I have never replaced a video card on a laptop, so my question is whether I will have to do any soldering to get this video card installed. Because I'm not very comfortable with soldering, so I may reconsider my decision if this is the case.

Would also appreciate hearing feedback from other people on their experiences replacing video cards (this card or others) in their laptops.

Thanks in advance.
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No soldering required here's a link to the service manual for your laptop.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insxpsg2/en/sm/index.htm
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I have replaced and upgraded many video cards in dell laptops and it's not very hard.
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Well, I certainly didn't find this easy to do, as it really required taking a good portion of this laptop apart to get at the video card, but I managed it OK. Thanks for the links!
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