It's a new idea (or an old one coming back again), but to change the video card you change the motherboard since it's just some chips on the mainboard in your laptop.
Sorry to read about your woes, but if it is as you say and they admit its dead or bad, then you have to exercise the warranty to resolve it.
I would appreciate any help you guys can offer...
I have a Dell Inspiron 8500, have only had it for a year, and after 2 months of haggling with customer service, they determined that my video card was sour. We tried reinstalling the driver, flashing the BIOS, completely reformatting the hard drive and re-installing everything, and nothing worked.
My video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 32 MB DDR 4x AGP (not quite sure what any of that means). I have searched for it on different websites to find it, and can't (I assume it's outdated already). Dell wants to charge me an arm & a leg to buy it from their spare parts department.
Here's my QUESTION(s):
#1)Do I have to buy the same one that came with my computer? Since I have to buy a completely new one, can I get something different? How will I know it's compatible?
#2) Any recommendations for what to get? I have the super-nice high-resolution screen, so I would like to get a quality video card, and don't mind spending a few $$$. I just can't reconcile paying beaucoup bucks from Dell for an oldie if I could get something better for the same price.
Thanks for any help!