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Do-it-Yourself Notebook and Laptop Graphics Card Replacements or Repairings

Links to do-it-yourself graphics card replacement tutorials for your laptop or notebook. If you have written a free guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry.

Acer Aspire 135x Guide to upgrade the VGA graphics card, the VGA cards in these laptops are in the form of an Add-On Daughterboard, so changing them is quite easy, literally opening up the laptop and swapping the parts over.
Alienware Area-51m 5500/766, MJ-12 5500/766, Ozma 5500/766, Roswell 5500/766 Graphics card replacement: installing and replacing the 766 or 5500 mobile system's video card module. A guide provided by the notebook manufacturer.
Apple iBook G3 Dual-USB What to do if your computer can start up but the built-in and attached external displays are exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms: scrambled or distorted video, appearance of unexpected lines on the screen, intermittent video image, video freeze, computer starts up to blank screen? This tutorial explains how to apply a thermal pad to the GPU (Graphic Processor Unit).
Apple iBook G3 12'' 900MHz The best ghetto Apple iBook hack ever - Logic Board Fix: if you are a G3 or G4 iBook owner, chances are you are well aware of the terminal LOGIC BOARD FAILURE which has plagued these machines since their inception. The faulty logic board problems manifest itself one day as garbling the screen image and quickly results in total failure of the machine to boot up or otherwise to work.
Apple iBook G3 Repair your iBook with fire and fix an infamous video-problem an iBook which boots, but gives no output, neither to it's own display nor to a hooked up external monitor.
Apple iBook G4 Repair with a blowtorch: the graphics chip on an old notebook had the pins underneath it broken due to the bending of the board over time. Using a compression and heat method you are able to reconnect the pins with the use of flux [video].
Apple iBook G4 12'' 800Mhz Here are some simple instructions of how to shim the chip to fix a logic board issue and to resurrect a dead notebook.
COMPAQ Presario V6000 This is a known problem with HP Pavilion DV2000/DV6000/DV9000 and COMPAQ Presario V3000/V6000 motherboards, the graphics chip (aka GPU or video chip) is soldered to the motherboard, sometimes there are bad solder joints between the graphics chip and motherboard, over time the graphics chip separates from the motherboard causing all kind of different video problems. A possible solution: baking the failed motherboard in a conventional oven preheated to 385 degrees Fahrenheit for exactly 8 minutes, This process should reflow the graphics chip solder joints and give the motherboard a second life. Proceed at your own risk only if you have nothing to lose. Otherwise, don't follow this guide and take your laptop to the professional repair shop.
DELL Inspiron 8100 Install the GeForce4 440 graphics card.
DELL Inspiron 8500 Upgrading of the video card.
DELL Inspiron 9400 GeForce Go 7900GS graphics chip overclock and GSX mod (in Italian).
DELL Inspiron E1505 Want better performance from your laptop? The conventional wisdom has long held that you should simply buy a new one. You can put such conventional wisdom aside: upgrading a laptop may not be for the timid or the impatient, but if you're handy with a screwdriver, and the sight of a circuit board doesn't scare you, an upgrade can be a far more affordable solution. Upgrades covered: RAM from 1GB to 2GB, HDD from a 5400RPM, 120GB drive to a 7200RPM, 200GB model, miniPCI wireless card from 802.11b to 802.11a/b/g, BlueTooth card added, optical drive, LCD screen with better resolution or matte instead of glossy, CPU from a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo to a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200, graphics card nVidia 7300 with a more powerful ATI X1400.
DELL Inspiron E1705 How to upgrade the graphics card, includes a step-by-step take apart tutorial.
DELL Inspiron E1705 (9400) One of the most frequently asked questions about laptops is: what is required to replace the video card? Well, it depends. In general, it is not possible at all. This is a major difference to desktop computers. Even dedicated GPUs are usually soldered to the main board. However, there are some exceptions, e.g., notebooks manufactured by DELL. Detailed information about changing the video card from NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 to NVIDIA Geforce Go 7900 GTX can be found here.
DELL N.N. A take apart and video card replacement HOWTO.
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M-1437/9 Graphics card replacement tutorial. Upgrade to MXM 6800/256MB.
Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo M-3438 How to replace the 6800 graphics card with a x1800 GPU.
HP/COMPAQ NC6220 How to make a dummy VGA connector to get OSX86 installed smoothly.
HP Pavilion DV6000 How to Fix No Video issues with a Penny. This will also cure symptoms of no wireless connectivity or loosing the wireless card, or the system will loose the DVD/CD rom. They all have something to do with the Nvidia ChipSet.
HP Pavilion DV9000 Video problem BGA rework to fix a blank screen. This fix also works on the HP Pavilion DV2000, DV6000 and DV9000 and there are a couple more HP's with this BGA video issue. Also effected by this issue are a couple of COMPAQ (Presario V3000, V6000) notebooks.
HP Pavilion N5190 Shared knowledge: a take apart picture gallery and disassembly guide. Cleaning the fan from dirt and remounting the CPU using thermal conductive paste. Upgrading the hard drive. Replacement of CD/DVD, LCD video driver board and BIOS battery. Fixing a broken power adapter jack.
Medion MD95257 (aka Arima W810-DCX) MXM Video Card Upgrade Documentation: replacing the NVidia GeForce 6600 Go ( MXM type II card) with a GeForce 6800 Go card.
Santech M3820 (aka Clevo M570RU) NVidia 8800M GTX versus 8700M GS + MXM: graphics card replacement and benchmark (in Italian).
Toshiba Qosmio F25 In order to access the video graphics card in this notebook, you'll have to take apart the whole thing. The video card is mounted under the motherboard.
Toshiba Qosmio F40/F45 This guide explains how to remove all major parts from this laptop to replace sparte parts like keyboard removal, display, hard drives, memory, CD/DVD drive, motherboard, video card and cooling.
Toshiba Qosmio X305 This guide will explain the complete disassembly of the laptop. So you can use this guide for replacing the keyboard, video card, cooling fans, motherboard, hard disk drive, memory, optical drive and other internal parts.
Uniwill 259 (aka Cebop HEL 950, Rock Pegasus, Alienware 5500) How to upgrade the Geforce 6600 Go graphics card to Geforce 7600 Go.
N.N. How to resolder the BGA (ball grid array) RAM chips on the graphics card of an old laptop.
Dummy VGA Adapter For laptops with nVidia GF2Go-chip and a TV output. But also for users who want to attach their PC to the TV exclusively without connecting a monitor this dummy can be a help.

Adapters and Converters

SVHS2FBAS S-VHS to FBAS video signal converter cable. Pin-outs and schematics for the Russian method (in German).
SVIDEO2CVIDEO S-video to composite video adapter. This simple adapter can be used to convert Y/C video (S-video) to a composite video. This adapter is useful in cases where your video output device has only S-video output but your signal source accepts only composite video input. This circuit works with both PAL and NTSC video standards.
VGA2TV How to make a VGA to TV converter.

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