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( gateway ml3108b laptop ) when i turn the laptop on the power light comes on but the screen is blank ,

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem (gateway ml3108b laptop). I connected external monitor and the screen is also blank. I tried switching the output with Fn+F4, but no response.

  • rhb0105 Mar 06, 2009

    I have the same problem.  No sounds either except for the fan.  I've tried turning it on and off with the power button and using an external monitor all to no avail.


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This is a GPU problem with this breed of laptop. The best way to fix is to treat it like an Xbox360 belive it or not. You have to overheat it at the GPU end (back of fan/heatsink) then press down firm but not hard over the back end of the fan. This should (worked for me) result in the BGA conatcts making a connection back to the soler pads they were meant to be attached to the motherboard.

If you are a bit more savvy with hardware i would recommend doing a reflow with a heatgun, i have not had to do one "YET" myself but if you feel you have to then go for it. The same rules basicallly apply to a lappy as they do an XBox360.

Doing a search for XBox360 Heatgun in good ol google may bring you a few pointers otherwise. Same rules basically apply to a lappy.

I deliberetly caused mine to overheat then bent the board ever so slighy whilst still hot (NOT RECOMMENDED) so the GPU made contact with the Motherboard again and it has been working fine for 5 days now, don't know when i will have to perform a reflow though.

Best of luck to you and hope this helps.

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1. check if your video image is being directed to the an external monitor and toggle it back to your lcd screen using fn+(function key) (it could also be shif+ function key)
*note: the function key should show a pic of a monitor, look at the keyboard and also look at your laptops's documentation.
2.if above solution does not return the picture to your laptop lcd screen plug an external monitor and redirect the image with the function key as directed above, if you do get an image on the xternal monitor but nothing on your lcd screen your lcd screen is finished
3. if you don't get any image on neither screen this could mean your video adapter on your laptop's motherboard is dead, in which case you only resource is to access your computer via remote desktop connection.

hope that gives you an idea of what to try in order to find out where the problem lies.

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You might need to get a replacement screen for it.

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