Originally Posted by msanto
Yeah, I could see this happening, really. In fact, I'm sure it will. But how hard is it to replace the graphics card in an XPS2?
It's not easy like upgrading memory; you'll have to open it up all the way. If you've done video card upgrades in desktops and/or know how to work on electronics, you'll be fine. I would recommend doing it yourself if you feel you can, since Dell techs sometimes screw things up (from what I've heard). Plus, I think it's fun tinkering.
When I decide to upgrade, I plan on telling Dell my video card is broken and I need a 7800 GTX to replace it. Truthfully, it may be broken, see my latest post in the Random Reboots thread.
Anyways, when they ask me to run tests, I will simply tell them the truth; I am a professional PC technician, and I have already isolated the issue to the video card. I expect that there will be a price difference. What IntgrSpin said seems plausible at first, but they'll charge me full price for that part without a service tag number. My service tag proves that I have 3 years complete care service, and since I want a replacement for a defective part, I should only need to cover the difference in cost. I wonder what that difference in cost is...