Question about Acer Aspire 5600 Series 5630-6951 Laptop
Hmmmm. So with the video card installed, no life, no joy. With the video card out, signs of power, but no joy. Since this just sort of 'happened' out of the blue, it sounds more like the card than the mobo. First, inspect the video card for signs of scorching (look at the chips on it) and any 'brown' areas on the card which may have happened as a result of excesive heat. Also, try cleaning the contacts on the card (and the mobo socket) with a pink pencil eraser to remove oxidation - dont rub so hard as to remove the gold plating on the contacts if present.
If there is a vga port on the laptop which is not attached to the video card, try booting it up with an external monitor connected. I haven't seen one of those laptops for a couple of years, but some research showed that some of them have an onboard intel gpu and pci express support for the discreet video card. You may be able to get video with an external monitor, go to the bios, and change the primary graphics to onboard.
Here's another option: Take it to an authorized Acer repair shop. They can order a video card from Acer and if it doesn't fix the issue, they can return the part to Acer within 15 days (that's the return policy in Canada) You may have to pay shipping and a restocking fee, but this is still an option. Also, Acer is very reasonable with their repair rates. You may be able to send it to them directly and have it repaired for a flat rate. Acer is also very reasonable with their parts pricing, so if the video card option doesn't fix it, you can likely get a new mainboard for $100-150.
Hope this helps! Let me know how you make out.
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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This is a complex situation, actually...but you've very thoroughly (and courageously...I don't know many people who would go to board level and start removing chips on a laptop) done your "eliminations" work already.
I would have to agree that it does not seem to be a motherboard power issue. The first choice would be a new GPU...it does have a bit of a rep for short MTBF (mean time before failure). If you love the laptop that much, go for it.
Hope that's helpful.
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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