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Is it easy to replace the graphics card on a Philips x59 laptop

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  • gladmann Jul 17, 2008

    Thank's very much for your prompt response. I've decided to purchase a new dell inspiron laptop instead of fixing the philips, as i've now been told by a few experts in the field that the cost of repair could be high.

    thank's again.

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Laptops have thier Graphic circuitry build into the mainboard-to replace the mainboard is not economically advicable.you are bound to spend a lot in repair cost.So think carefully about what you do.

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How do i change my graphics card


Yes, and no.

Pretty clear huh? lol!

Let me explain a few rudimentary things first. May be a long read, and a 'bumpy ride'.

ONE:
Laptop manufacturers tend to 'exaggerate', in order to sell laptops.
They can get away with this due to their 'advertising license'.

"This laptop has an XXXXXX graphics card"

When in reality it isn't a graphics card. It is a graphics chipset soldered directly to the motherboard.

The term 'graphics card' is used rather loosely.

A graphics card is actually a graphics adapter card.

The graphics chipset is soldered to a circuit board, or 'card'.

The circuit board has contact pins on it, which plug into a connector on the motherboard.

This is a basic example for a desktop computer,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7168071

A graphics card made by Powercolor, and uses the AMD ATI Radeon HD5450 graphics chipset.

Left-click on the photo of the graphics card shown at the top.
It will come up in a separate window.
In the views at the Bottom, click on the second view from the left.

Here you will see the gold plated contact pins.
To show the gold plated contact pins in more depth, let's look at an average SO-DIMM ram memory module, for a laptop,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1GB_DDR2_SO-DIMM.png

[ You can click on the photo to enlarge. You can enlarge twice ]

These gold plated contact pins go down into a slot. A graphics card slot. (Expansion slot on the motherboard)

For laptops that TRULY do use a graphics adapter card, they use the MXM technology. There IS a graphics adapter card, and it DOES plug into the motherboard.

This is an example of an ATI Radeon HD5450 MOBILE graphics card, that uses the MXM technology,
(Mobile meaning for a laptop. Laptops are a Mobile computer. Can take it with you wherever you go),

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5450-MXM-Type-A-Graphics-Card-512MB-DDR3-608544-001-/190626056695?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item2c6232c9f7

Here you see the gold plated contact pins again. Means this mobile graphics card, (Mobile meaning laptop), plugs into the laptop's motherboard.

It is mounted to the laptop's motherboard, with screws through those brass ringed holes you see. (Probably with just two holes)

MOST laptops do not use a graphics adapter card, based on the MXM technology.
They just have a graphics chipset soldered directly to the motherboard.

Let's regress for a moment, and let me explain Chipset, GPU, and BGA surface mount.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

[ A Processor is just ONE example of an Integrated Circuit ]

G.P.U. stands for Graphics Processing Unit,

The chipset, or Integrated Circuit, for graphics, is a GPU,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

Left-click on the photo to the upper right, that the heading states,
GeForce 6600GT (NV43) GPU

The actual GPU (Goldish/brown square), is in the center of that square
green circuit board. The GPU uses the green circuit board, to connect to the motherboard.

The entire thing you see is termed as the graphics chipset, or GPU.
This is because that circuit board is actually part of it.

BGA surface mount:
Ball Grid Array,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_grid_array

To explain a BGA surface mount;

Compare to an older Intel Pentium 4 processor, that uses a Socket 478 processor socket,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_478

This particular processor socket has 478 socket holes.
The bottom of the Intel Pentium 4 processor, has 478 contact pins sticking out of the bottom.

With a BGA surface mount there are No contact pins on the chipset, (GPU in this case), nor are there socket holes.

The bottom of the graphics chipset has Solder Balls.
The motherboard area where it mounts, has matching Copper Pads.
(The copper pads have a gold plating on them)

The graphics chipset is set into place, over the matching copper pads on the motherboard, and then heat is applied.

Heat is applied at a specific temperature, and length of time.
This action melts the solder balls, which in turn solders the graphics chipset TO the copper pads.

[ Which in turn of course, solders the graphics chipset TO the motherboard ]

IF, you have a graphics chipset, THAT uses the MXM technology, and IS an actual graphics adapter card, you MAY be able to upgrade it.

IF, the graphics chipset is Integrated Graphics, and therefore uses the BGA surface mount, I would forget about it.

Replacing means using a BGA Rework Machine.

However things get more complicated, than just replacing a graphics chipset, that uses the MXM technology.

It isn't, " OH, it's a graphics card? I'll just take it out, and use a better graphics card."

Depends on what the motherboard chipset is, and what type of graphics interface it uses. PCI, or AGP, or PCI-Express.

(PCI, and AGP, and PCI-Express, are technologies. Doesn't just refer to the type of expansion slot )

Let's look at the specifications, for the Gateway NV59C41u Notebook PC,...(Continued in an additional Comment)


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In order to replace your Graphics card, you will need:<br /><br />A screwdriver that fits the bolts of the casing of your computer<br />A new Graphics Card that is compartible to your Motherboard<br />And computer knowledge.<br /><br />Start by removing drivers of your old Graphics card, by starting up the Device Manager from the Control Panel. Expand "Display Adapters", and double click on your Graphics card. On the Driver tab of the window that opens, click Uninstal, and follow the installshield wizard (could be automatic or might be another wizard).<br /><br />After your Drivers are removed, shut down your computer, and remove the cable from your PSU. Make sure that your computer is not connected to anything that provides power to it.<br /><br />-You might want to use insulating gloves for this task-<br /><br />Start by removing one of the sides of the casing by unscrewing the bolts. It should be fairly easy to understand how to remove it after the bolts are removed. <br /><br />When looking at your motherboard, your graphics card should be placed near the back of your computer. If you are unsure which card(if there are many) is the old Graphics Card, see where the Monitor's cable goes in.<br />Carefully unscrew any bolts that are used to lock your graphics card on the computer casing.<br /><br />After that is done, remove all cables attached to your graphics card from inside the computer, and then carefully pull the Graphics Card out, making sure that your card is safe. After that is done, place your new Graphics card in the slot of your old one, and connect any wires connected to it(if needed).<br /><br />Then do all the things you did to your computer backwards.<br /><br />After your graphics card is ready and installed, start up your computer and insert it's manufacturer's disc. If you do not have a disc, look up on the internet.<br /><br />Install the drivers, and it's ready for use.<br /><br />

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Intel Integrated Graphics will give decent resolution performance but is not an optimal graphics.
Ensure you are using the optimal resolution 1366x768 pixels. Using a lower resolution will give you a unsatisfactory display.
If you still don't like the graphics, you may need to add an expansion video card.

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upgrading your graphics card is mostly based on the other components in your pc and the available slots in your motherboard

the old graphics card slot is called an AGP slot (google it for an image)
the new graphics card slots are called PCI-E (again, google it for an image)

the other thing is the components, if you have a slow CPU or a small amount of RAM then if you could bottleneck any graphics card that you put in because the other components wouldn't be able to handle the speed and performance of the graphics card

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Yes it has everything to do with the clean install. What you need to do is load the driver. Find the disk that came with the unit. If no disk came with it: go to the manufacturers website and download the driver for your model - save it - find it and run it or at least put it to where the dvd will find it. The EASY way is to run the program the driver comes in. If the driver is just a driver and nothing else - remove the dvd from your device manager list - then restart the pc and it will automatically reload the dvd and drivers.
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I don't believe it is possible with this particular laptop. I know in the past some of the dell laptops have had a Microagp graphics platform that can be upgraded.

Most laptops have the graphics built into the motherboard which makes them impossible to upgrade.

There used to be some PCMCIA video cars that you could use but they were more for using additional monitors than for high powered graphics. I believe there have been some mention of USB video cards but again I think these are just for adding more desktop real estate than for replacing existing built in graphics.

So to answer your question specifically, no I don't think there is an upgradeable option for your particular needs.

Hope this helps.

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Graphic Cardur


Cards range from $50-$500 It all depends on how High-end of a Card you need, There are a Few Things you need to know before buying a Card though
1) Is this a Laptop or desktop, Sounds easy enough but Laptops usually have no slots to install an additional card
2) What type of slot (If Applicable) you have. Options are usually AGP, PCI, PCI-e (PCI Express Which ranges from x1 to x16, for graphics this is usually x16) and PCI-e 2.0 (Newer model of computers and New model of cards)
3) If your Power supply can handle an addtional card. Some cards draw alot of power and require their on power connection.
4). Space inside the computer, Graphics card come in low profile for small spaces, Knowing the appropriate size of the Card is very important.

All of this can be researched and Installed by yourself, and the card is easy to install, Just slide it in the correct port, or you can bring this into Best Buy and We can install this for $49.99 + additional taxes, Its upto you to decide it the work warrants saving the money

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How do i open my philips x59 laptop, so that i can remove the mother board.


take out all screws... once you do this you will find that it probably wont open... you will need a screwdriver or something to pry it open because they glue them shut.

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what's your computer, and do you have the proper drivers for that lcd screen and is your video card compatible?

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