Replacing video card in HP 9650 Laptop

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I was wondering if it is possible to replace the video card in a HP Pavillion DV9500/DV9650 laptop on my own?? I have talked with HP support and we have determined it to be a bad video card and they want me to send it in to be fixed. That is about $400 though. I am an IT tech and am comfortable working on laptops/PC's. I have already replaced the video cable in this laptop but it did not help. The screen is really fuzzy and has about 4 copies of everything. I have done a little research but I cannot find just a stand alone video card to buy. Any help is appreciated.

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Hey there, Laptops usually have the graphics card physically soldered onto the motherboard of the laptop. This means that replacing them is very hard if not impossible. I am not 100% sure about it on your laptop but I would highly doubt that it is possible.

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The only way you are going to replace the video is to replace the mb. FWIW as I recall, these lappys had quite a number of video problems ie failures.
 

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The problem might also be with the LCD or the connector cable. Laptops get very expensive to repair very quickly.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I have replaced motherboards in a few Dell laptops before. Do you know where I can get a replacement motherboard for this laptop?? Do you think it would be cheaper than the $400 HP wants to fix it?

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Nothing comes up in eBay, and the results in Google indicate it's several years old. It definitely isn't worth $400. I wouldn't spend more than $50 and be prepared to lose that. If you already replaced the graphics card/chip, then it obviously wasn't soldered to the board, and since doing so didn't fix the problem, there's something more serious wrong with it.

If this is anything more than a fun project, a new laptop is the way to go.
 
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