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Asus F3S Laptop Graphics Card Died

I've been playing a game on my laptop called Lord of the Rings Online without any faults, when recently, the graphics card would stop working momentarily and then recover successfully. This would happen 1 to 2 times per gaming session, but this increased to about 3-4 over a week. Then near the end of that week, after i came home from work i started up counter strike and my computer completely crashed. It rebooted and so i thought stupidly i would give it another go (lol)...
It crashed again and on this startup it came up with a blue screen error message. It now will not start up normally, but has to be in safe mode (without the graphics card doing its business). Also if i uninstall the graphics card driver it runs fine using the onboard basic graphics card thingy. I've replaced the driver for it and that has not worked.
There must be someone who can help me sort this out? I've ran out of options. I don't think i can replace the graphics card also as its propper glued into place. =S
This is an awesome laptop and i really don't want to have to splash out on another laptop this soon after buying it.
Anyone have any ideas?

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  • lucasbiggs Nov 13, 2008

    Tried using an external monitor and that did not work. It once again came up with the blue dots all over the screen when entering windows. Any other solutions? Or will i have to just send it back to get it fixed again lol. =(

    (the first problem was caused by the laptop starting to over heat apparently, and it wouldn't start... as well as that a crack appeared in the case when opening the lid up... maybe this laptop is just destined to die. lol)

  • lucasbiggs Nov 14, 2008

    I've just been looking around on the internet. Is it true that all NVIDIA graphics cards are faulty? Something to do with heat cycles or something like that.

    Oh and thanks for the quick response time, gonna send it away tomorrow to get it fixed. Also i'm thinking i might as well grab this opportunity to buy a better laptop anyway.

    Thanks :)



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If you have run the laptop in safe mode it uses the standard VGA graphics driver, and this indicates the onboard graphics card is still functioning.
Try connecting and external monitor to your laptop and the boot up your laptop.
Then :-
1. Download the latest graphics driver from ASUS WEB site.
2. uninstall the graphics driver.
3. Reboot the laptop and install the new graphics driver.
4. Shut down and remove the external monitor and reboot.
5. Goto the Control panel - Display and check/set the settings for screen resolution, Colour setting etc.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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    Chris Hingee Nov 14, 2008

    Hi Lucas,

    It appears that you have a faulty video graphics chip on the laptop, You need to send it to ASUS to get your laptop fixed or replaced.

    If the cracked case/lid only damaged the LCD screen then connecting the laptop to an external monitor, it would display normal images.



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