How to Change the Video Card on the Dell Vostro 1720

Written by carl pruit
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The video card in the Dell Vostro 1720 is responsible for the images that are shown on the display scree. A faulty or outdated video card can be changed in about 2 or 3 hours with some basic household tools. The video card is attached to the motherboard inside the laptop, requiring that you remove many of the internal components to access the card. Replacing the video card takes some patience, but can save you money when you do it yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrist grounding strap
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Small flat head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Shut down the Dell Vostro 1720 laptop, and unplug the power cord from the power supply before attempting to change the video card. Remove the power cord from the AC outlet on the side of the unit, and close the display cover.

  2. 2

    Turn the laptop over so you are looking at the bottom of the case, and remove the battery pack from the battery bay. Unfasten the screw that secures the optical drive to the laptop with a Phillips screwdriver, and slide the plastic tab over that locks the drive in place with a small flat head screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Remove the optical drive from the laptop, and set it aside. Unfasten the two screws holding the cover onto the hard drive with a Phillips screwdriver, and remove the cover from the laptop.

  4. 4

    Unfasten the three screws that secure the hard drive to the case with a Phillips screwdriver, and lift the hard drive out of the bay by pulling on the plastic tab at the end of the drive. Set the hard drive out of the way and turn the laptop over so it is sitting upright.

  5. 5

    Open the display cover and lift the hinge cover up carefully with a small flat head screwdriver. Remove the hinge cover from the laptop and set it out of the way.

  6. 6

    Unfasten the four screws on the top edge of the keyboard that sit under the hinge cover with a Phillips screwdriver. Slide the keyboard toward the display screen to unhook the tabs that are under the palm rest, and remove the keyboard from the laptop.

  7. 7

    Close the display cover, and turn the laptop over so you are looking at the bottom of the case. Unfasten the 16 screws that secure the cover over the motherboard with a Phillips screwdriver, and carefully turn the laptop back over so it is upright.

  8. 8

    Open the display cover, and unfasten the six screws that secure the palm rest to the laptop with a Phillips screwdriver. Unfasten the flat ribbon cable connector from the back of the palm rest and set it out of the way.

  9. 9

    Lift the cover off the top of the motherboard and set it aside. Unfasten the three screws that fasten the graphics card assembly to the motherboard, and remove the assembly from the laptop.

  10. 10

    Attach the new graphics card assembly to the motherboard with screws, and set the cover back on the top of the motherboard. Fasten the flat ribbon cable connector to the back of the palm rest, and attach the palm rest to the laptop with screws.

  11. 11

    Close the display cover, and turn the laptop over so you are looking at bottom of the case. Fasten the 16 screws to the bottom of the case, and turn the case back over so it is upright.

  12. 12

    Open the display cover, and fasten the keyboard to the laptop with screws. Attach the hinge cover to the laptop and close the display cover. Turn the laptop over so you are looking at the bottom, and secure the hard drive to the laptop with screws.

  13. 13

    Fasten the cover over the hard drive, and slide the optical drive into the side of the laptop. Secure the optical drive with a screw, and place the battery pack into the battery bay.

  14. 14

    Turn the laptop back over so it is upright, and plug the power cord into the AC outlet. Plug the other end of the power cord into the electrical socket, and power up the laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent an electrical discharge that can damage the laptop components, wear a wrist grounding strap while replacing the video card.
  • To avoid damaging the laptop, never attempt to change the video card of the Dell Vostro 1720 while it is still plugged into the power supply.

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