How to Replace the Video Card on Dell Inspiron 9300

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How to Replace the Video Card on Dell Inspiron 9300
To access the video card, remove the computer's display, keyboard and palm rest. (video card image by Ramona smiers from

In 2005, Dell released its Inspiron 9300 computer, which was the first Dell notebook compatible with Microsoft Windows XP's Media Center Edition. All Dell Inspiron 9300 computers were equipped with a video card. To replace the video card on the Inspiron 9300, you must safely remove the entire thermal cooling assembly, which is attached to the video card in the system board.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Remove the computer's main battery, which is located on the bottom of the computer. This procedure will prevent any damage to the system board while you are replacing the video card.

  2. 2

    Open the notebook's display until it is at a flat, 180-degree angle with the table or work surface. Insert the edge of a small, flathead screwdriver into the right side of the display and pull it down to the right until a small gap opens under the display. Using the screwdriver or your fingers, pull the display cover out from its hinge and set it aside.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the two small screws located on at the top of the keyboard. Shift the keyboard slightly upward toward the display. When the keyboard is forward, you will see the keyboard connector ring pull, which is located underneath the space bar. Pull the tab to release the keyboard. Set the keyboard aside.

  4. 4

    Turn the computer over. The bottom of the computer should be facing upward. Remove the two screws that cover the Mini PCI card, even if a Mini PCI card is not installed. If a Mini PCI card is installed, you will need to detach the antenna cables that are connected to the card. If a card is not installed, detach the cables wherever they are secured. Turn the computer back over and remove all remaining hinges on the cover. Open the display again to a 180-degree angle. Pull the ring pull that connects the display cable to the display. Remove the two remaining screws that attach the display to the base of the computer. When those screws are removed, remove the display assembly and set it aside.

  5. 5

    Unscrew and remove the seven screws that are on the top of the palm rest. The screws are labelled with a "P" on the topside. Turn the computer over and unscrew the 11 remaining screws on the bottom of the computer before turning the computer back over. Disengage the touchpad connector and LED board connector that are attached to the system board. Remove the palm rest from the computer.

  6. 6

    Unscrew the four screws that attach the video card/thermal cooling assembly to the system board and lift it up out of the system board. The video card/thermal cooling assembly is labelled "Push Here."

  7. 7

    Place the new video/card thermal cooling system into the same place where you removed the old unit, and press it down into the connector and system board.

  8. 8

    Replace the screws to secure the new video card.

  9. 9

    Replace the palm rest, display assembly, keyboard, display cover and battery in that order. For a photographic guide to removal and reassembly, consult the Dell Inspiron 9300 Owner's Manual.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure that you are grounded before working on the computer to avoid a static build-up. Frequently touch the back surface of the computer or another nonpainted metal surface to keep you grounded while you work.

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