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Hardware problem... video related

Basically The laptop powers up properly but after windows is loaded the screen goes dark. I originally suspected that it was the inverter, as I was notified that is one of the weak parts in this model. I replaced the inverter, and it boots up in safe mode command promp but not windows or safe mode. Could it be the video card is bad?

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Re: Hardware problem... video related

WOW talk about getting bad advice. First off the video card IS NOT embedded on the motherboard of this model. It is a 440 Go Card.

Problem: BGA chips on the video card have brittle soldiering.
I have been fighting for a class asction law suit for a few years now over this.

Solution: reflow the solder. you can find this on several forums about the video corruption problem with this laptop.

Proof: start computer in a cold area. will run fine until it gets hot.

BTW the solution is only a temporary fix, if it even works.

Good luck and welcome to the camp.

Posted on Feb 06, 2008

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Re: Hardware problem... video related

The notebook does not have video card that is built in video but you can try with a external monitor plug in the back of your computer but disconect the inverter if the problem is gone or if display ok then your problem is the inverter or screen and may be is your hard drive first pug the external and we will see whats going on

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Re: Hardware problem... video related

No, it sounds like you need to reload the operating system.
If it is the video card, it wouldn't stop at windows, nor boot in safe mode/command prompt.
If it is the video, that's really unfortunate, as it's built into the motherboard.
Just try booting into the bios and see if you can stay in bios for an extended period. If it does, then Windows is the problem.
Good luck

Posted on Jan 03, 2008

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