Adding or Replacing an MXM Graphics Card
Before you begin
- You need a Phillips head screwdriver.
- Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Disconnect the power cord.
- Transfer the computer to a clean, flat, stable work surface over a noncarpeted floor. HP recommends that you put down a blanket, towel, or other soft cloth to protect the screen from scratches or other damage.
- Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards and other components. HP strongly recommends the use of an antistatic wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
- Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
CAUTION:This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
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Removing the MXM graphics card
Use these steps to remove the graphics card:
To remove the MXM graphics card, you must first remove the rear cover, the USB dongle, the motherboard EMI shield, the CPU thermal module, and the MXM thermal module.
For instructions to remove the rear cover, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Rear Cover .
Pull out the USB dongle.
To remove the EMI shield, remove the five screws securing the motherboard EMI shield to the computer.
NOTE:The EMI shield screw locations are marked with a stencil of an arrow that does not have a circle inside.
Carefully tip the shield up and pull it off the computer.
Next, loosen the four screws securing the thermal module to the CPU.
Detach the screw near the radiator end of the thermal module.
Carefully lift the CPU thermal module out of the computer.
Loosen the four screws securing the MXM thermal module to the MXM graphics card.
Detach the screw near the radiator end of the MXM thermal module.
Carefully lift the MXM thermal module out of the unit.
Detach the two small screws on the graphics card so that the card pops up.
Pull out the card.
Replacing the MXM graphics card
Use these steps to replace the graphics card:
To replace the graphics card, align the card into its slot at a 45 degree angle.
Push the card down into the slot and replace the two screws.
Before replacing the MXM thermal module assembly, first clean the thermal solution from the MXM graphics card...
|...as well as from the thermal module.|
Apply new thermal grease or pad to the MXM graphics card.
Carefully align the MXM thermal module back onto the computer.
Tighten the screws over the MXM graphics card.
Replace the screw near the radiator.
Before replacing the CPU thermal module, first clean off the thermal grease from the CPU...
|...as well as the CPU thermal module.|
Apply new thermal grease or thermal pad to the CPU.
Carefully align the thermal module back onto the computer, sliding the radiator between the MXM thermal module and the system fan.
Tighten the screws for the CPU thermal module.
Replace the screw near the radiator.
To replace the motherboard EMI shield, find the three small slots on the side of the shield...
|...and then find the alignment tabs on the frame.|
Find the two small holes on the bottom of the EMI shield...
|...and then find the two alignment dimples on the frame.|
To replace the motherboard EMI shield, align the slots on the shield over their alignment tabs, and carefully swing and press the shield into place.
Make sure the bottom holes on the shield are resting flat around the alignment dimples.
Replace the five screws for the motherboard shield. Each screw location is marked with a stencil of an arrow without a circle inside.
Replace the USB dongle.
Replace the rear cover.
For instructions to replace the rear cover, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Rear Cover .