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3DPiper
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Upgrade 1520 video

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I have an older Inspiron 1520.. It says the video is

"Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family 384MB"

Is this built into the motherboard?

Can I upgrade to the NVidia 8600GT? I can pick one up on ebay for about $20..

Will it be better than the Intel video?

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This model has one of two different mainobards - the one you have (with integrated video) cannot be upgraded to take a video card.

So, to use the 8600GT (which is a very risky buy, given the unreliability of the nVidia 8400 and 8600 chips), you'd need to replace the mainboard and buy a video card (the other 1520 model has no onboard video, but has a socket for the video card).

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Be careful... these  Lap tops Crash and the mother board and processor go out right after warranty expires..

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3DPiper
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What's a warranty? 🙂

This is an old laptop someone gave to us, I'm just fixing it up for my daughter..

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This model has one of two different mainobards - the one you have (with integrated video) cannot be upgraded to take a video card.

So, to use the 8600GT (which is a very risky buy, given the unreliability of the nVidia 8400 and 8600 chips), you'd need to replace the mainboard and buy a video card (the other 1520 model has no onboard video, but has a socket for the video card).

3DPiper
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Thank you ejn63, that is just the answer I needed..!

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3DPiper
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Can I replace a 1520 motherboard with a 1521 and it fit in the case?

The 1521 has a better video card and HDMI output..

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8 Krypton

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Don't count on it - though the chassis are similar there can be plenty of pitfalls.  Bear in mind the 1521 won't take Intel CPUs (it's an AMD system).

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3DPiper
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Thanks again, ejn63.. You are a wealth of knowlege!

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cas0001
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I have an inspiron 1520 and the graphics card has gone out. How can I verify if my 1520 is the model with a socket for the video card?

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Use the service tag to look up the original specifications at support.dell.com -- if you see the term UMA, it's Intel.

Chances are, if the video card failed, it's nVIdia, not Intel.

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