The first thing you need to check – before you even go out to buy a new dedicated graphics card for your laptop – is to see if your existing laptop can support that new card. The best place for checking this information is your laptop manual. If you have trouble, you can also check with your laptop manufacturer.
Important note: In my experience, I have found that usually only Dell laptops can be easily upgraded. My of my readers or friends upgrading laptops from other manufacturers run into problems one way or another. So investing in a Dell gaming laptop might be a good idea to support future graphics cards upgrades.
2. Precise Steps For Upgrading Your Laptop Graphics Card
Now we will delve into the precise steps for upgrading your laptop graphics card. It’s really quite a simple procedure.
Step 1: Remove the hinge. The first thing you need to do is to remove the hinge on the laptop. On newer laptops, you might not need to do this – you can just open a panel at the bottom side of the laptop.
Step 2: Detach the keyboard. The next step is to remove the keyboard – take out the screws beneath your laptop’s hinge cover to do this. Sometimes, with newer laptops, you can just remove the keyboard using convenient latches on the chassis.
Step 3: Remove the display assembly. This can be a bit tricky. What you need to do is to remove the display assembly (i.e. the entire laptop screen) by removing screws on the back and bottom of your laptop. Carefully remove any video and Wi-Fi cables as well.
Step 4: Remove the laptop shell. Next thing to do is to remove the upper shell of your laptop. You should now see the graphics card you want to replace.
Step 5: Replace your graphics card. Now you should slowly and carefully insert your new laptop graphics card into the laptop’s interior.
Step 6: Re-assemble everything back together. Once the new graphics card is in place, you just do the reverse steps as spelt out above and re-assemble the whole laptop together again. 3. Test The Newly Installed Graphics Card
The last thing to do is to fire up your laptop and check out the new graphics card! Make sure you download the latest graphics drivers and test it out on your favorite 3D game. If all went well, you should be enjoying crisp and smooth 3D graphics with your new laptop graphics card.
And that’s all there is to it! I do hope this article has shown you the steps for installing a new graphics card into your laptop. It’s quite a simple procedure, really. Just make sure you follow the instructions above and I’m sure you’ll be enjoying your new graphics card before long. So until next time, good luck to you and happy computing!