How do I know if my video card is integrated into my motherboard?

by on March 10, 2010

Q: I’m new to laptops/notebooks, so excuse the stupid question. This question should be directed at Dell Tech Support since it is about their product, but for anyone whose ever had to deal with Dell Support before, well, do I really have to explain? I’d rather sit on a rattlesnake butt-naked than talk to those incompetent imbeciles ever again! Sorry, still not over it yet!

I have a Dell XPS M2010 – Processor: IntelĀ® Core 2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00GHz, RAM: 4GB with an ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 video card (came with unit), that is going bad! I do not know if it is integrated with the motherboard or not which means I don’t know if I can just purchase another ATI X1800 or do I need to get the motherboard from Dell with the video card integrated again! How do I do this? Does anyone know?

I dare NOT even consider asking Dell! Also, two USB ports have malfunctioned so I am using a hub for extra ports – motherboard issue or not? Running Windows 7 Ultimate, upgraded from Vista Home Edition.

One Response to “How do I know if my video card is integrated into my motherboard?”

    Laptop components are very customized. There isn’t a big desktop video card sitting inside the laptop. The video card component is a specialized piece.

    There are some stores on-line that will sell the parts for your specific laptop, you’ll need to google around. I’ve never used any of these places so I can’t assure any of this stuff will work or that you won’t totally break your laptop in the process.

    Here is an example:

    I suggest you contact Dell regardless, especially if you are still under any kind of warranty.