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#1 Blade Kiro

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:48 PM

I am currently planning to take my Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT and put into my Inspiron 530s. However, I'd like to ask a few newbie questions.

Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 is what is currently in the machine. How will that be different from replacing a normal graphics card?

Also, does the Inspiron 530s have a spot that supports the Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT? I have taken a look inside my case and it doesn't really seem that it would fit. Maybe my eyes are deceiving me.

Also, I do not have the drivers on a usable CD. Can I insert the graphics card and then download the drivers from the nvidia website?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:15 PM

Which 530s, the small case of the full width case? If it is the small case, no go. If it is the large case, do you have a physical slot (either AGP or PCI-E) to install the card into?

Integrated video has to be disabled from BIOS, or the installation of the new video card will do it for you automatically.

Uninstall video drivers before you install the new card. Download proper NVidia driver package, save to desktop so you can find it BEFORE you replace your card.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:17 PM

The Inspiron 530s should have a PCI-E 16X video card slot.
It also has to be a low profile card which means a full size card won't work.

The are low profile cards here,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....PCI+Express+x16

When you install a video card the onboard video should be disabled by default.
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#4 Blade Kiro

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:19 PM

This computer.

Thanks for the help everyone. So I'm assuming from this that the Nvidia Geforce 8500 GT is a full sized card and will not work in the Inspiron 530s.

Thanks for all your help guys.




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