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Dell Inspiron 8200 graphics card problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by drronin, May 6, 2009.

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  1. drronin

    drronin Thread Starter

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    Some months ago my laptop screen began flickering with vertical bands and other distortions. Dell support thought it was the graphics card--a Mobility Radeon 9000. They said the graphics card was integrated with the motherboard and that it was not customer replaceable--and the cost would be $499 for the repair at Dell. I decided to just live with the weird screen.

    But, a few days ago the laptop screen went dark. Oddly when I restarted the screen was lit again but went dark just after Windows XP SP3 started up. I called Dell and it was the same story as before with the out of warranty dept. A guy who seemed to know what he was talking about said that it was not the LCD because although I was able to get a display on an external monitor, the difference in resolution accounted for the dark laptop screen. Again I contemplated whether just lo start using an external monitor all the time.

    Then I was checking on the system configuration at the Dell web site and started a chat with a tech rep. He was quite sure that the graphics card and the motherboard are NOT integrated and that the card could be swapped for a new one. He added that this was not something a customer could/should do.

    So, what is the real story here? Is it integrated with the MB or not? Can it be swapped or not? If so, is it likely I can do it or get a local techie to do it for less than $500?

    Many thanks!

    d.
     
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    Upon start today the Inspiron display was functioning again--not dark--but the resolution was lower than normal and could not be changed. So, the LCD seems fine, with the graphics card likely worsening.
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  3. jopublik

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    Hi mate, i have the same problem unfortunately an external display will not be a fix as the graphics card will run this display as well. Good news is that the radeon 9000 is not integrated with the motherboard and is completely swappable. I know this as i removed it yesterday and is quite a simple task. As the inspiron is getting on a bit i was thinking of finding an upgrade for the ati card as it only has 64MB of memory and cannot play latest games etc. If i find something suitable i will let you know, but if you can get another replacement card it is pretty easy to install yourself-a small phillips screwdriver and 20 minutes of your time is all you need or any PC shop could do it for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself.
     
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