Introduction

Guide to replace or upgrade the video card in your Dell Inspiron 9300

Remove the battery prior to working on any internal components. Remove the twelve 6mm Phillips screws from the bottom of the case.
  • Remove the battery prior to working on any internal components.

  • Remove the twelve 6mm Phillips screws from the bottom of the case.

  • Remove the battery before working on internal components to ensure a safe working environment.

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Gently pry away the silver bezel above the keyboard and  below the display using a spudger.
  • Gently pry away the silver bezel above the keyboard and below the display using a spudger.

  • Start on the right hand side, where there is a notch in the bezel for easiest removal.

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Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws  retaining the keyboard. Pull the keyboard up and toward the monitor to reveal the ribbon cable beneath. Firmly grasp the blue tape attached to the keyboard ribbon cable connector and pull upward away from the motherboard.
  • Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws retaining the keyboard.

  • Pull the keyboard up and toward the monitor to reveal the ribbon cable beneath.

  • Firmly grasp the blue tape attached to the keyboard ribbon cable connector and pull upward away from the motherboard.

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Firmly grasp the blue tape attached to the LCD display ribbon cable connector and pull upward away from the motherboard. Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws holding the display hinge on both sides of the laptop.
  • Firmly grasp the blue tape attached to the LCD display ribbon cable connector and pull upward away from the motherboard.

  • Remove the two 5mm Phillips screws holding the display hinge on both sides of the laptop.

  • Support the display as you loosen the hinges, to avoid the screen falling and breaking.

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Remove the seven 6mm Phillips screws holding the trackpad/palm rest to the motherboard. Gently pry the CMOS battery out of its retaining clip using a spudger.
  • Remove the seven 6mm Phillips screws holding the trackpad/palm rest to the motherboard.

  • Gently pry the CMOS battery out of its retaining clip using a spudger.

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Remove the low profile connector for the keyboard status lights located next to the video card heat sink using a spudger. Remove the trackpad ribbon cable from the motherboard using a spudger.
  • Remove the low profile connector for the keyboard status lights located next to the video card heat sink using a spudger.

  • Remove the trackpad ribbon cable from the motherboard using a spudger.

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Pull up and away on the track pad to expose the internal components below. Pull up and away on the track pad to expose the internal components below.
  • Pull up and away on the track pad to expose the internal components below.

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Loosen the four 5mm Phillips screws holding the video card and heatsink in place
  • Loosen the four 5mm Phillips screws holding the video card and heatsink in place

  • The screws are held in place with retainer clips and are not fully removable

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Firmly pull up to unseat the video card from the motherboard.
  • Firmly pull up to unseat the video card from the motherboard.

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Conclusion

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

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This works only up to the point of pull up and away on the trackpad. The trackpad won't pull up.

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