What does the video card look like?
I'm told that the video card needs replacing and I want to do it myself. I have taken a panel off the back and have located an easily removable device. It is the size and shape of an old fashioned metal cigarette case. Can someone confirm that this is the video card, please? If not what am I looking for?
Derek McGown, I believe that the video card is an actual part of your mainboard, but I am still trying to verify that. MY gut feeling says that if you found an "easily removable device" it is not the video card. From your description, it sounds more like the HDD Images of the part would definitely help to identify. Hope this gets you started and I will continue to clarify your issue. Also, it would be great if you could give us the symptoms of your laptop so we could assist you with the issues at hand. I would also try to connect an external monitor and see if it works...