How to Replace a GeForce 8600 Chip in the Pavilion dv9700

The HP Pavilion dv9700 laptop was released in 2007. It comes built with a 2 GHz processor chip, and the GeForce 8600M graphics processor. Replacing your HP Pavilion laptop's internal graphics card is one of the more difficult procedures you can perform. This is because you must completely dismantle your laptop to access the graphics card. If you happen to damage the laptop during the disassembly, you will void your computer's warranty.

Things You'll Need

  • ESD wrist strap
  • Phillips-head screwdriver


    • 1

      Turn off the laptop, unplug the main power cord and pull the LCD panel closed. Flip the laptop over, and slide the battery release button to the left. Lift the battery pack out of its compartment on the bottom side of the laptop. Attach an antistatic strap to your wrist to avoid major electrical damage to your laptop during disassembly.

    • 2

      Rotate the laptop so the front edge is facing you. Remove the two, Phillips-head screws from the hard drive compartment covers situated in the lower-left and right corners of the laptop. Lift each cover off of the laptop's base enclosure to reveal the hard drives.

    • 3

      Grasp the protruding pull tab on each drive. Slide the left hard drive to the left, and the right hard drive to the right. This disconnects each drive from the motherboard. Lift each drive out of its compartment.

    • 4

      Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws on the memory module cover situated next to the left hard drive compartment. Remove the cover to expose the two, internal memory chips. Spread apart the retention clips on each side of the top memory chip. Slide the chip out of its memory socket. Repeat this to remove all memory from inside the laptop.

    • 5

      Locate the wireless card module inside the empty memory compartment. Disconnect the three antenna cables from the module, and unscrew the two Phillips screws. Pull the module out of its motherboard socket, and set it aside.

    • 6

      Remove the single, Phillips-head screw from the CD/DVD drive located in the upper-left corner of the laptop below the vacant battery compartment. Insert a paper clip into the release hole on the face of the drive. Push the paper clip into the hole until the drive ejects from its compartment. Remove the drive from the laptop.

    • 7

      Unscrew all Phillips-head screws from the laptop's bottom case. This includes all screws inside the empty battery compartment. Flip the laptop over, and pull the display panel open all the way. Grasp the switch cover, located between the keyboard and LCD panel assemblies, and place it face down on the keyboard. Unplug the ribbon cable from the bottom side of the cover, and remove the cover from the laptop.

    • 8

      Remove the three Phillips screws from along the top edge of the keyboard. Grasp the keyboard's top edge, tilt it upward and slide the keyboard back towards the LCD screen to disengage it from the laptop's base. Place the keyboard face down on the palm rest. Disconnect the large, ribbon cable extending from the keyboard to the motherboard connector. Lift the keyboard out of the laptop, and set it aside.

    • 9

      Unscrew the two Phillips-head screws from the black speaker assembly lining the top edge of the laptop's upper casing. Disconnect the speaker's cables from the motherboard, and lift the speaker assembly out of the laptop. Locate the small, power button board revealed by the speaker assembly. Disconnect all cables from the board, and remove the silver, Phillips-head screw fastening it in place. Remove the board from the laptop.

    • 10

      Disconnect the LCD video cable from the graphics card chip located in the upper-left corner of the motherboard. Remove the Phillips-head screws from each display hinge, and lift the display panel off of the laptop.

    • 11

      Remove the four Phillips-head screws fastening the computer's top enclosure to the base of the laptop. Unplug all visible cables from their individual motherboard connectors, and carefully lift the top enclosure off the laptop.

    • 12

      Remove the Phillips-head screws fastening the GeForce 8600 graphics card to the motherboard. Carefully lift the graphics card out of the laptop, and set it aside.

    • 13

      Reverse this disassembly procedure to install the replacement graphics card, and put your laptop back together. Turn on your laptop, and insert the GeForce 8600 drive installation disc that came with your replacement card. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation procedure.

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