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Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

My wife has an Inspiron 531 which from today, for no apparent reason, appears to boot up normally (usual beeps and starting fan noise) but the monitor screen is blank. I've tried two other monitors which work fine on other computers, and which also worked on this 531, but I get the same blank screen.  A friend, who is much more savvy than I am, reckons my Video card (the original-fit 256mb NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS) needs replacing.  Does this diagnosis sound right?

If so, could someone suggest a compatible replacement card which will fit easily?  The same friend suggests an EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS 512 Mb 32-bit DDR3 as an economical replacement? My wife doesn't do any gaming etc, so a low end card is fine just as long as it won't be a difficult installation.

Also, I've seen posts saying that the old drivers should be uninstalled before installing a new card and drivers.  If I can't see the screen, how do I get over that?

Would really appreciate some advice!  Thanks in advance!

Dell Inspiron 531

Dell SE198WFP Monitor

AMD x 2 Processor 3800 (2.0 GHz)

4 Gb RAM

Windows Vista Home Premium

256 Mb NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS

CIT 450W Gold ATX PSU

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Re: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

Hello Rz9Y,

It seems to be an issue with the video card if other monitors did not work as well. However, In order to isolate the issue further, I would request you to remove the discrete video card (nVidia GeForce 8300GS) from the computer and connect the monitor to the on-board VGA port. Check if you get display from the on-board graphics. You may also try booting the system into Safe Mode and check if you are getting the display. 

You may also check for the compatible video cards here

Hope this helps! 

Thanks & Regards
Allan D
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Re: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

Thanks Allan D - much appreciated. Still no display when I tried to boot into Safe Mode, but it works fine via the on-board VGA port. I guess that confirms that I need to replace the video card?

Thanks again

John F

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Re: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

EVGA 01G-P3-1302-LR GeForce 8400 GS Video Card

www.tigerdirect.com/.../item-details.asp

This is a better card and cheaper on sale.  Sale ends 08/15

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Re: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

I second SpeedStep's suggestion ... AMD HD 5450 is a better choice.

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RE: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

I need to upgrade my Ins 531 as well. AMD HD 5450 is a good choice given the 300w power limit?

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RE: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

Hello Joeranger,

The AMD HD 5450 requires 400W or grater power supply. Hence, you would have to upgrade the power supply. However, you may check out the list of compatible video cards with the system here. These cards would work with the stock power supply.

Hope this helps!

Thanks & Regards
Allan D
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RE: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

I need to upgrade my Ins 531 as well. AMD HD 5450 is a good choice given the 300w power limit?

The HD 5450 is a good choice.  The HD 6450 is a better choice so compare pricing.  It offers better performance.  I use the HD 6450 on a Dell 660s with a 220 watt power supply and it works just fine. The HD 6450 uses approximately 30 watts and the HD 5450 uses 20 so they don't require much power at all.   

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RE: Replace Video Card on Dell Inspiron 531 ??

Hello Allan-D

I have similar problem...no video but there is power.  And same machine Inspiron 531.

Please explain in detail as you suggested to: "remove the discrete video card (nVidia GeForce 8300GS) from the computer and connect the monitor to the on-board VGA port. Check if you get display from the on-board graphics."

Thank you, John

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