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Where is video card in dell inspiron 530 located

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February 23, 2013 7:40:56 PM

Hello, I have a Dell Inspiron 530 tower that when it boots up I get nothing on the monitor. The monitor only says no input and the PC itself is beeping and I do have the blue power light on. I am wondering if the video card has gone out on this unit? If so it appears that it is part of the motherboard and if that is correct can I add another video card to this machine?
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February 23, 2013 7:52:12 PM

If its part of the motherboard it cannot be replaced. I think the motherboard has a pcie x 16 slot you can add a low level gpu like the hd6450/6570 to and you'll get picture again
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February 26, 2013 2:48:03 PM

Lets diagnose your problem.
When you start you PC pay attention to 2 things, first the color of your power light and second the type of beeps your PC producing.
Here are the answers from Dell manual

Power Lights

The power button light (bi-color LED) located on the front of the computer
illuminates and blinks or remains solid to indicate different states:
• If the power light is off, the computer is either turned off or is not
receiving power.
– Reseat the power cable in the power connector on the back of the
computer and the electrical outlet.
– If the computer is plugged into a power strip, ensure that the power
strip is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power strip is
turned on. Also, bypass power protection devices, power strips, and
power extension cables to verify that the computer turns on properly.
– Ensure that the electrical outlet is working by testing it with another
device, such as a lamp.
• If the power light is steady blue and the computer is not responding:
– Ensure that the display is connected and powered on.
– If the display is connected and powered on, see "Beep Codes".
• If the power light is blinking blue, the computer is in standby mode. Press
a key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation. If the power light is blue and the computer is
not responding:
– Ensure the display is connected and powered on.
– If the display is connected and powered on, see "Beep Codes"
• If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical
power, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
– Remove and then reinstall the memory modules
– Remove and then reinstall any cards
– Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable
• If the power light is steady amber, there may be a power problem or an
internal device malfunction.
– Ensure that all power cables are securely connected to the system
board.
– Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely
connected to the system board

Beep Codes

Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor
cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code,
identifies a problem. One possible beep code consists of repetitive three short
beeps. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a possible
motherboard failure.
If your computer beeps during start-up:
1 Write down the beep code.
2 Run the Dell Diagnostics to identify a more serious cause, well forget about this one for now.

Code (repetitive short beeps) >>Description>>Suggested Remedy

1>> BIOS checksum failure. Possible motherboard failure>>Contact Dell.

2>> No memory modules are detected>>
1 If you have two or more memory modules installed, remove the modules, reinstall one module and then restart the computer. If the computer starts normally, reinstall an additional module. Continue until you have identified a faulty module or reinstalled all modules without error.
2 If available, install good memory of the same type into your computer
3 If the problem persists, contact Dell.

3>> Possible motherboard failure>>Contact Dell.

4>> RAM Read/Write failure>>
1 Ensure that no special memory module/memory connector placement
requirements exist
2 Verify that the memory modules that you are installing are compatible with your computer
3 If the problem persists, contact Dell.

5>> Real time clock failure. Possible battery failure or motherboard failure>>
1 Replace the battery
2 If the problem persists, contact Dell.

6>> Video BIOS Test Failure>>Contact Dell.

7>>CPU cache test failure>>Contact Dell.
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