Is it possible that the graphics aren’t quite up to par? If you’re a hardcore gamer or game developer, a video editor, or just an average user who wants more speed in resource-intensive applications, you’re looking for the best possible performance. You, on the other hand, are unlikely to desire a new laptop. It’s never been easier to swap out those sluggish graphics for some gleaming new ones. Let’s get this party started.
1. Keep in mind to save all of your work before turning off your device. Make sure to unplug the laptop from the wall if it is still plugged in after you’ve turned it off completely to avoid damaging it. If at all possible, remove the laptop’s battery as well, just to be on the safe side, before proceeding. After spending a lot of money on expensive electronics, you don’t want to be playing with them only to have your laptop start up and short circuit.
2. Choose a screwdriver that is the most compatible with the screws on your device. Although most laptops come with Phillips screw heads for the outer panel, the screw heads on yours may differ depending on the manufacturer of your laptop.
3. Turn your device over and remove the screws from the larger panel on the back. Avoid stripping the screws because you’ll need them to replace the cover(s) after you’ve completed the project. Here you will find the “Guts” of your laptop, which are the internal components.
In order to protect a large portion of the circuits on the inside, a silver casing will be used. Do not come into contact with this. It is the bare minimum of a laptop, and it contains the BIOS chips as well as the default RAM. You will be looking at the portion that has been exposed. The graphics card is a large chip that protrudes from the side of the computer’s enclosure. From the outside, you’ll want to unscrew the card to get at the information. (The screws used vary depending on the laptop.)
4. Take note of a small opening on the side of the laptop. Write down or take a picture of the wires that connect to which parts of the card and where they connect. Removing these wires and putting the old graphics card aside will save you time.
5. The new graphics card should be inserted (it may not fit if the card is water-cooled) and the wires should be connected in the same manner as the previous card. Everything should be screwed back into place.
6. Screw the back panel into place and restart your laptop after reinstalling the battery, if necessary, and reconnecting the power cable to the wall outlet. If there is an error, contact the manufacturer of your hardware.
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