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Hello, I have a vgn-s170 laptop that I just installed a new screen and motherboard. the video chip heatsink/fan is not running and the screen does not come on. what can i do

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Have you tried connecting it to an external monitor? Are you sure the heatsink fan is not defective? If the screen works on an external monitor you know the video card is good. As long as the cable is plugged into the motherboard to provide power for the heatsink then it's either a bad heatsink fan or the motherboard connector for the heatsink is bad. My money is on the heatsink fan if you can get video from an external monitor.

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To resolve the problem with the graphics chip (and usually when it gets this bad, it points to the graphics chip beginning to unsolder itself from the motherboard), strip the laptop, clean out the cooling fan, remove and replace the CPU and CPU heatsink, applying new thermal paste to the cpu and making sure the thermal pad is covering the top of the graphics chip. Tighten the retaining screws and re-assemble the laptop. This MAY work, if it does not, then you will need to get the motherboard replaced. (Common fault on HP and Compaq laptops).

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After that, this could be faulty hardware, overheating graphics chips will cause the display to do this, best solution here, dismantle and clean the heatsink and fan, remove any dust build up.

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Overheating problem. What is happening is that the laptop is getting too hot and the graphics chip is suffering as a result, which is why you are getting the display problems. if you persist in using it, the chip will eventually die on you.


You need to dismantle the laptop until you can access the motherboard heatsink and fan assembly
You also need to have some thermal grease to hand.

Remove the heatsink and fan, clean out the dust and lint from the fan housing, the heatsink and the cooling grille. Clean the top of the cpu and apply clean new grease (about a 2mm ball of it will do). Also clean the heatsink pad that touched the cpu.

Check the thermal pad (if present) that sits on the graphics chip is not damaged and make sure it is in place before refitting the heatsink and fan assembly.

Rebuild the laptop (you can get some good instructions off google if you look for your model)

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