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I'm looking to replace a GPU in a old dell laptop


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#1 pJ`

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:50 AM

I'm looking to replace a GPU in a old dell laptop. I've never even seen the inside of one and haven't the slightest idea on how to do it. Anybody know a guide I could possibly use? It's a dell Inspiron 8100.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:28 AM

I thought these were soldered in.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 03:30 AM

I'm not sure why anyone would want to go that far - do you have a source for a video card?

http://www.bay-wolf.com/geforce4-1.htm

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:27 PM

Service Manual download at http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins8100/en/index.htm

Run it and go to the location it unzips to. Then Double click on the Index.htm file
Choose this section "Removing and Replacing Parts"
The choose "Video Card"

That will take you to here
"Removing the Video Card
Follow the instructions in "Preparing to Work Inside the Computer."
Remove the keyboard assembly.
Remove the hinge cover.
Detach the display flex cable from the strain relief and the video card (see step 2 of "Removing the Display Assembly").
Remove the three M2.5 x 8-mm screws that secure the video card.
Separate the video card from the system board connector. "

Some of those will be links you click for directions on removing the parts needed to get to the video card.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:28 PM

BTW you can't use desktop video cards in there only cards designed for tha model.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:05 AM

I'm not sure why anyone would want to go that far - do you have a source for a video card?

http://www.bay-wolf.com/geforce4-1.htm

It went out a few years ago.

BTW you can't use desktop video cards in there only cards designed for tha model.

Good Luck
Roger

Do you think it would be possible to find an old card for it or should I scrap it?

I thought these were soldered in.

I have no idea when it comes to laptops. I've only worked on desktops :whistle:

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:16 AM

According to the link I posted it is replaceable. It only pays to replace it if the laptop works otherwise and the part is affordable.
That Link also is the Dell Hardware Maintenance manual for the 8100.

I'd bet you can find a card. Don't know if it is worth it.

For example Google
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=pfwl&cp=29&gs_id=4z&xhr=t&q=inspiron+8100+video+card+ebay&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&safe=off&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=inspiron+8100+video+card+ebay&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=90c1eb6c7005c121&biw=1360&bih=597


I do not know the seller or endorse Ebay but this one turned up as an example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Inspiron-8100-Nvidia-Geforce-16MB-Video-Card-0K595-/280743804469

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:21 PM

It's hard to say whether it's worth persevering with a PIII, but if it only costs a small amount then I guess it will function similarly to a bottom end netbook. Can you tell if the battery is still good?

Edited by Platypus, 22 January 2012 - 07:22 PM.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:41 AM

It's hard to say whether it's worth persevering with a PIII, but if it only costs a small amount then I guess it will function similarly to a bottom end netbook. Can you tell if the battery is still good?

The battery's ok. I managed to get the card out today. Ordering a new one now. I'm hoping it was only the video card, because when it went out the screen basically just messed up it looked like this. Posted Image

So I'm pretty sure it just got fried.

EDIT:
Pic of the GPU. After checking it I've found out the thing has burn marks and could have caught fire.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:50 AM

According to the link I posted it is replaceable. It only pays to replace it if the laptop works otherwise and the part is affordable.
That Link also is the Dell Hardware Maintenance manual for the 8100.

I'd bet you can find a card. Don't know if it is worth it.

For example Google
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=pfwl&cp=29&gs_id=4z&xhr=t&q=inspiron+8100+video+card+ebay&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&safe=off&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=inspiron+8100+video+card+ebay&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=90c1eb6c7005c121&biw=1360&bih=597


I do not know the seller or endorse Ebay but this one turned up as an example:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Inspiron-8100-Nvidia-Geforce-16MB-Video-Card-0K595-/280743804469

Good Luck
Roger

Also thanks for the eBay link. I almost ordered it off Amazon for 37$ :thumbup2:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:35 AM

I hope you get a successful repair result.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:51 AM

Thanks :D. Once it's done shipping and installed I'll post the results.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:54 AM

Just curious, did the Dell service manual help?

Good Luck with the repair.
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Edited by rotor123, 23 January 2012 - 10:55 AM.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:53 AM

Yes it did. Because now that I think about it the motherboard could be fried as well so I may have to replace that also :mellow:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:11 PM

The card arrived in the mail today. Installing it now.




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