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My display is garbled. I can hardly read the letters because of characters which shows up. Is the video card separate or integrated with the motherboard? Are there available video cards or motherboards which I can replace my notebook? Btw, my notebook is an Emachines M6085. Thanks for your help

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  • lyndonmac23 Mar 03, 2009

    It is not the backlight or inverter because the lcd is very bright. Its just the characters that appears in the lcd which covers the whole screen. When I used an external video, it has the same appearance as my lcd which is garbled. So, I think its the video card. Then I have to replace the motherboard, right? Thanks for your help. Appreciate it a lot!



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I don't know any laptops that have separate video cards, they are integrated with the motherboard.
To test if the video card is faulty, connect an external monitor to the laptop's external video connector/port and boot up your laptop. The external monitor may automatically display images, if not you may have to press the blue Fn key plus one of thr function keys to switch the video output to this video port. If you see a clear image the the Video card is OK and the LCD is faulty.
Is the display garbled or it is very dim?
If it is dim and the image is OK then the problem is associated with the backlight. It could be the inverter that supplies high voltage to the CCFL lamp or the CCFL lamp is faulty and 80% of the time it is the CCFL lamp.
The inverter is easy to replace but the CCFL lamp requires more work and soldering skills.
Go to for parts and repair services and DIY instructions..

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