Hello, I have a Dell Latitude D820 Motherboard and I'm trying to figure out which version of motherboard this is, but I can't seem to find out where the item number is. I'm also trying to figure out which version/brand of integrated video card it has and how much memory that card has.
Any help on this matter would be very appreciated, thank you.
The version with Intel video has no video RAM - it uses system RAM.
There are two nVidia chips used on the discrete video versions - one has 128M and the other 256M of video RAM.
The nVidia chips are G72 designs - based on the 8400/8600 that has developed such a notorious reputation for failure. They were called Quadro NVS110 in this implementation, but by any name these are lemons of video chips.
The mainboard part number will start with DP/N and be near the memory socket on the bottom of the system ( you should be able to see it if you remove the memory hatch).
Thank you, but how do I tell which version I have? The motherboard I am trying to find it out for is not currently in the laptop. I've looked at the bottom near the memory socket and I don't see any numbers that start with DP/N.
Somewhere on the board is a Dell part number - or, if there's no heasink attached, look for an nVidia chip - if you don't see one, you have Intel video.
Any suggestions as to what can be a more reliable alternative? I had my motherboard replaced about a year and a half ago because the video card failed, and now I have the same problem. Any help would be much appreciated. Also, I currently have the 128M version installed, if there is no way around replacing the motherboard with an oem, can I install the 256M instead?
Thanks in advance!!!!
The video chip can't be replaced - so the solution is a system board. ALL the models using discrete video have the known-faulty nVidia chips so the Intel-video version is the reliable replacement.