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To explain a BGA surface mount; The older Intel Pentium 4 processors that used a Socket 478 processor socket, had contact pins on the bottom of the processor.
A chipset using the BGA surface mount does not have contact pins. It has Solder Balls in place of the pins.
There is no socket with socket holes. There are Copper Pads.
The chipset is set into place with the Solder Balls lining up on the Copper Pads. Then a specified temperature, and specified length of time is used to melt the solder balls. This solders the chipset to the Copper Pads, which in turn solders the chipset to the motherboard.
Excess heat, due to the laptop is overheating, can partially re-melt the solder connections made, and cause a poor contact.
May be caused by the laptop is dirty inside, and the cooling capacity of the cooling components, has dropped tremendously.
May be due to a poor cooling system design in regards to the graphics chipset.
The cooling system may be adequate enough to keep the Processor within it's specified temperature operating range, (Thermal Limit), but NOT adequate enough to keep both, Processor AND graphics chipset cool.
Using the HP Pavilion dv9000 series of Notebook PC, this video gives information on the problem in more detail,
To make sure what is really wrong we need to break down couple of things, have you tried connecting a external source such as to a monitor or a tv via s-video or vga. If it is able to display to the external source then there is something wrong with your screen. Now is it completely dead and you cannot see anything or are you able to see something but the display lights are not litting the display. If that is so, then your backlit is dead and you will need to replace the entire screen. In my honest opinion if that is the case I recommend you to by a new laptop, because parts/labor cost would cost more then your medium powered new laptop.
I don't know that it is a common fault with this specific model, but laptops in general have this issue mostly due to a dying LCD power inverter. It is typicaly located at the bottom of the LCD screen and costs between $30 - $75 dollars for the part, and usually $75-$150 for someone to replace. If you like the laptop it is usually worth it to have replaced. You can also hook up a monitor to the VGA port on the laptop and then go into your display control panel and enable 2nd monitor to use it instead of your laptop lcd.
Hi Prince, has your laptop experienced a squeeze or fall recently? I have a few suggestions. Plug another monitor into the VGA or DVI connection on your laptop. See if you are getting the same problem. If everything is working fine on the external monitor you would have eliminated the drivers being the problem. I suggest getting the LCD display changed. If your laptop is under warranty, you can get this done for free. However, if it is not under warranty you may have to replace it either yourself or take it to a local Acer specialist. If you chose to install the new display yourself, there are handy tutorials on removing and installing the screen on the Acer website. I have noticed that many times the Acer TravelMate Notebooks have experienced display issues. I hope you get your problem resolved soon.
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Welcome to Vista. Windows Vista is automatically set up to power down after you have left it alone for too long. If you press the power button everything should be fine. Otherwise tell me what happens.