Laptop videocard replacement

By lioncourt ยท 9 replies
Nov 15, 2007
  1. I've heard that you can replace videocards on larger laptops, i've got a sager with a d900k motherboard and i'm wondering just how difficult is the install? is it as easy as in a desktop?
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    What model number is your laptop?
    Generally speaking, VGA card replacement in laptops is not practical unless this thing is designed that way.
  3. lioncourt

    lioncourt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If i remember correctly it's a sager 9750 running on a clevo d900k motherboard
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    this was shipped with a geforce 7800 gtx 256 Mb GDDR3 ram - but I can find no reference to how easy it is to upgrade.
  5. bushwhacker

    bushwhacker TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 783

    Plus, I believe that Alienware Area 51-m and Aurora-m possess the video upgrades.
  6. lioncourt

    lioncourt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Actually it was shipped with a Nvidia Quadro FX Go 1400 256mb
  7. leptoid

    leptoid TS Rookie

    card replacement

    it's easy. unplug your laptop, take out the battery.
    take off bottom panel for video card (the one right below the memory card reader)
    remove the 4 retaining screws (and prey they don't break pieces off the board like mine did)
    pull up the card
    push down new card
    screw it in (same 4 screws)
    replace panel
    turn on
    hope it doesn't keep power cycling
    the end.
  8. blundell

    blundell TS Rookie

    Video card + Mobo

    I've been told that in Laptops the video card is moulded to the mother board asin no replacement is available without a full motherboard replacement, as in my HP Pavillion zd8000, I was just told this, not confirmed
  9. leptoid

    leptoid TS Rookie

    Not in the sager one... well, not this one anyhow. The 9750 does not have an integrated card. I have one and I'm having a hell of a time replacing the heat sink fan right now, so I'm positive it's not integrated.

    HP's, Sony, etc. arne't really made for gaming, thus they are like 1/2 the price of the Sager/Alienwares, so they aren't going to have nice options like ours will.

    Good luck with the card replacing.
  10. blundell

    blundell TS Rookie

    Please check the spec on the HP laptop before you start putting it down and slaiting its gaming capability, I doubt half the price aswell. ***
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