Can I swap out an Quadro fx3700m for an ATI 7740m Firepro in a Dell Precision M6400?

Derpyholic030

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My gpu got fried somehow In my m6400, and when I started researching possible causes I found that a lot of people were having issues with crashing with the fx3700m. It would seem the better option is the ATI card, but is it just a simple swap?
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COLGeek

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The swap is actually pretty easy. The Dell uses a MXM slot for the GPU, you remove the old one and replace. Actually a similar process to changing a GPU in a desktop rig. Make sure you get a replacement Dell MXM GPU to minimize any possible issues.
 

Derpyholic030

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Exactly what I was looking for, Thanks!
I read somewhere that upgrading the cpu could require a bios/driver update beforehand, so I just wanted to make sure.
 

COLGeek

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Just keep track of all the thermal pads you may have to remove and re-use after making the swap. If you carefully remove them, you'll be able to use again. I performed a similar change with an Alienware M15x. Took just a few minutes.

Be sure to get the service manual for your M6400 to walk you through the replacement steps.
 
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