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I have a friend who owns a Alienware Alienware Area-51 M5500 Notebook, with a NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 video card that died.

Where is the cheapest place to buy a replacement video card?

Are all the PCIe GeForce Go video cards interchangeable? Could we go with a GeForce 200 Series something?
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It's a laptop right? Are you sure that it uses a card?

Because I was certain that most of the mobile cards are soldered into the die, and most cards won't fit.

If it's not, then it's all down to finding a mobility card somewhere, at which point you should just find the best card you can.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/nVIDIA-GF-Go6600-Go-6600-NV43M-MXM-Video-VGA-Card-128MB-/260655154869?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item3cb04206b5#ht_3412wt_948

There's always ebay. I'm digging for a cheaper option, but laptop gpu/cpu replacements are usually expensive.

(Have you tried taking the card out, cleaning, and adding new thermal paste, or pads whatever it uses?)

And to answer your question, no not all cards are interchangeable. They have MXM(yours), MXMII, MXMIII, different versions, TDP's, much like cpu sockets. Then you have the problem of bios'.
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Not worth it in my opinion... tongue.gif

Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214050

That'll last him for a while I think. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by CovertCover;12083054 
It's a laptop right? Are you sure that it uses a card?

Because I was certain that most of the mobile cards are soldered into the die, and most cards won't fit.

If it's not, then it's all down to finding a mobility card somewhere, at which point you should just find the best card you can.

Most laptops have the video cards soldered on. High-end laptops sometimes have removable video cards. Alienware laptops seem to have some sort of standard for removable video cards.

Also, thanks CreepyDan, rep+!
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