Introduction

Are you trying to enhance your Dell Inspiron's graphics capabilities? Use this guide to replace your graphics card and let the visual splendor begin.

Image 1/2: Locate and remove the two screws that secure the side panel to the desktop: Image 2/2: Two 1/4" Phillips/slotted combination screws.
  • Place the desktop on its side. Make sure to place the computer on a soft but firm surface.

  • Locate and remove the two screws that secure the side panel to the desktop:

    • Two 1/4" Phillips/slotted combination screws.

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  • Slide the side panel towards the back of the desktop in order to remove it.

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Image 1/2: The graphics card is located below the three fans. Image 2/2: The graphics card is located below the three fans.
  • The graphics card is attached to the back of the desktop.

  • The graphics card is located below the three fans.

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Image 1/1: One 1/4" Phillips screw
  • Remove the screw that secures the support bracket:

    • One 1/4" Phillips screw

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Image 1/2: There are tabs that hold the bracket in place, therefor lifting up is an important detail. Image 2/2: There are tabs that hold the bracket in place, therefor lifting up is an important detail.
  • Remove the support bracket by lifting up and out.

  • There are tabs that hold the bracket in place, therefor lifting up is an important detail.

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Image 1/2: Push the tab away from the graphics card and towards the fan. Image 2/2: Hold the tab in this position through step 7.
  • Locate the push tab that locks the graphics card into place.

  • Push the tab away from the graphics card and towards the fan.

  • Hold the tab in this position through step 7.

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Image 1/2: Gently lift the graphics card up and out of the desktop. Image 2/2: Gently lift the graphics card up and out of the desktop.
  • Keep the tab pushed away from the graphics card (see Step 6).

  • Gently lift the graphics card up and out of the desktop.

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Image 1/1: Two M3 hex standoff screws.
  • Remove the two screws holding the VGA ribbon cable to the bracket:

    • Two M3 hex standoff screws.

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Image 1/2: Remove the other end of the ribbon cable from the bracket. Image 2/2: Remove the other end of the ribbon cable from the bracket.
  • Gently unplug the ribbon cable from the header pins.

  • Remove the other end of the ribbon cable from the bracket.

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Image 1/1: Two M3 hex standoff screws.
  • Remove the two screws holding the DVI adaptor to the bracket:

    • Two M3 hex standoff screws.

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Image 1/2: The job is done! You can now put the better graphics card in and bask in the joy of an enhanced visual experience. Image 2/2: The job is done! You can now put the better graphics card in and bask in the joy of an enhanced visual experience.
  • Remove the bracket from the graphics card.

  • The job is done! You can now put the better graphics card in and bask in the joy of an enhanced visual experience.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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