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How to upgrade XPS M1530 video card?


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How to upgrade XPS M1530 video card?

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How do I purchase an upgrade (and have it installed) for my XPS M1530.

I have the nVidia 8400 (128MB) and I would like to get the 8600 (256MB) (or is there something even faster?).

Does Dell have a special upgrade center that I can bring it in and have it upgraded?  I don't want to mail it in to get it upgraded.


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  • if i am correct, the video card is not replaceable.  just the RAM and processor.  but then again, i did say "If I am correct..."

    You are either stuck with it, or you might have to sale your current computer and purchase a new one with the video card you want.

    By the way, get the right processor too.  upgrading from a 2.0 GHz to a 2.6 GHz is $1200.00

  • Yes the GPU is soldered to the MOBO on this model.

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  • I'm also curious about this.  My laptop has the 8600 and I'd like to upgrade it to 512MB or even 1GB.

    I'm hoping to email Dell this evening but may contact a technician I know.

    Would be nice to have an answer to this question, though.  Searching online yields several results but none definitive.

  • The video chip and video RAM are permanently part of the mainboard.  You cannot upgrade.