Solved

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

Posted on 2009-05-06
4
627 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
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.
0
Comment
Question by:anuneznyc
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 34

Accepted Solution

by:
jamietoner earned 250 total points
ID: 24324663
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
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:jamietoner
ID: 24324671
I have replaced and upgraded many video cards in dell laptops and it's not very hard.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:anuneznyc
ID: 31578865
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!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

More and more people are using the enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) tranceivers, and speed is of utmost importance. Testing of speeds are critical to ensure that the devices will meet the speed requirements. There are some testing challen…
I have purchased two new systems and both are now Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) based. UEFI is replacing BIOS for the desktop PC. It is a Linux based firmware with enough robustness it can communicate with a website without loading …
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
Monitoring a network: why having a policy is the best policy? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the enormous benefits of having a policy-based approach when monitoring medium and large networks. Software utilized in this v…

724 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question