Monday, July 30, 2007

Broken laptop

Anyone knows an easy way to fix the graphic card of a laptop without changing the motherboard? My friend gave me his old laptop but there's nothing on the screen. The repair guy told him it was the graphic card and he bought a new laptop instead of fixing it. I called my PC shop and they tell me they don't have any laptop motherboards.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anyone knows an easy way to fix the graphic card of a laptop without changing the motherboard?"

Don't bother with it; you can't. Graphics card chip is usually soldered right on to the motherboard.

"I called my PC shop and they tell me they don't have any laptop motherboards."

You'd have to buy one from the laptop manufacturer, and they usually cost more than the entire laptop is still worth.

Your best bet would be finding someone with a similar laptop, putting your laptop's disk in it, setting up remote desktop, and using that to work with it.

It could still be a nice server, etc. And if the battery is still good, your "server" is safe from power outages too. >_>;

12:14 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Blah.

I have another laptop in full working order. Except the batterie is dead and it's not compatible with the other laptop.

I wonder if I can exchange the motherboard from laptops of two different companies? Probably not with my luck... I'll open them later and check it out.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous SonicNY said...

Nah man your pretty much fucked. Seriously doubt you could switch the motherboard, ur better off with a new one or ordering new batteries for the frist one.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On ThinkGeek there's an usb video card. Needs usb2 and works only with windows (apparently) but it might be better than nothing...
thinkgeek.com/computing/avcards/805c/

3:07 PM  
Anonymous middle management said...

sorry about that setback. I have heard the only machines that you could even think about doing that to are the old Thinkpads from IBM.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can manage to open it up and Tell tell me what card/motherboard it has in there, i could determine if its doable.

If its a nVid card you can change it. Anything else it will be hard. (not it will have to be the same card and you might have to use a solder to remove/attach it.

After that just put in new bios and drivers and your done. Anything else can be fixed in a shop. They just dont do it because its against their guaranties policies.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one other possibility. The repair guy is wrong, and the LCD screen is shot. If the screen is broken, you can replace it yourself. If you have a video out on the back of the laptop, plug in a spare monitor to get confirmation: A good and proper picture means a busted LCD. No picture or garbled picture means a busted Chip.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

No picture, busted chip. I got it for free and I was only interested in it because it had a good batterie and I was thinking of using it to display my animations during conventions. It sucks but it's no big loss.

It bugs me that the whole machine is fucked just because one part is fried. But that's the case with pretty much anything these days.

With some luck maybe there will be a power socket near my table and I'll be able to plug my working laptop.

9:57 PM  
Blogger latajadhav@gmail.com said...

I called my PC shop and they tell me they don't have any laptop motherboards."

12:09 AM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Ya, I put it to recycling.

4:17 PM  

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