A video card is a device that transmits a video signal to your HP Notebook's video display. The quality of this video signal in large part depends on the quality of your video card, but the video card that comes with your HP Notebook may not provide the video quality that you need. This is why upgrading your video card may be necessary. The process will require you to disassemble your HP notebook. Although this is not a terribly difficult task, you will need to take your time and handle each computer component with great care.
Turn on your HP notebook and wait for Windows to boot up. Open the "Start" menu, then right-click on "My Computer." Click on "Properties" in the drop-down menu.
Click on the "Hardware" tab, then the "Device Manager" button. Click on the "+" button next to the "Display Adapters" button.
Click on your current video card, then select the "Uninstall" button. Click "OK" to continue.
Turn off your HP laptop, disconnect the power cable, detach the battery pack and disconnect any miscellaneous cables and/or external devices.
Attach an antistatic wrist wrap to your wrist, then attach the wire clip to the laptop's casing. This will prevent shock from static electricity. Close the laptop and place it face-down.
Remove any visible Phillips-head screws from the bottom casing, then place the laptop face-up and open the laptop as far as it will go.
Use a flathead screwdriver to pry open the keyboard cover, the thin strip of plastic located between the keyboard and the LCD display. Lift the keyboard cover out of the laptop base, then set it aside.
Remove the four exposed Phillips-head screws attaching the keyboard to the laptop. Lift up on the keyboard and place it face-down over the trackpad. Disconnect the keyboard ribbon connector from the laptop's logic board.
Disconnect the wireless antenna and DVI cable from the logic board. Remove the four Phillips-head screws securing the logic board cover to the laptop frame. Lift the cover out of the laptop and set it to the side.
Remove the four Phillips-head screws attaching the heat sink to the logic board. The heat sink is a large piece of metal attached to a strip of copper extending out it. Lift the heat sink out of the laptop base and set it to the side.
Remove the Phillips-head screws attaching the video card to the logic board. Carefully lift the old video card out of the logic board, then set it aside.
Install the new video card by repeating steps five through 12 in reverse order.
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