Graphics card aka video board

Laptop graphics card video board


A graphics card also known as a video card or VGA board is a laptop component responsible for creating images on a laptop screen.

In most low-mid range laptops the graphics card is integrated into the motherboard. In other words, it’s a part of the motherboard. If that’s the case, the graphics card is not removable or upgradeable. If the graphics card fails, you have to replace the whole motherboard.

A discrete graphics card can be found in high range models and high end gaming laptops. Discrete graphics cards can be removed and in some cases they are upgradeable.

Here’s another example of the discrete video card in a high end gaming laptop. As you see the video card can be separated from the motherboard.

Discrete video card in laptop

GRAPHICS CARD RELATED PROBLEMS

You can use the following method for troubleshooting problems related to graphics cards.

Let’s say your display stopped working properly. The image is distorted or garbled. Is this problem related to the VGA board or LCD screen?

Connect your laptop to an external monitor and take a look at the external video output. If you see the same problem as on the internal LCD screen, most likely it’s related to the VGA board. If video on the external monitor works fine and the problem appears only on the internal LCD screen, most likely your problem is related to the LCD screen or LCD cable.

TYPICAL VIDEO CARD FAILURE

Below you can see a few pictures taken from a laptop with a faulty video card.

1. When you start the laptop, the initial screen with manufacturer’s logo is not displayed properly on both internal LCD screen and external monitors. You can see random characters, vertical lines running through the logo, random colors, etc…

Laptop video fails on startup

2. Same problem appears when the laptop displays the boot menu. The screen is either not readable at all, or there are some random characters all over the image.

Garbled image on LCD screen

3. Finally, the laptop starts loading Windows, but the image on both screens is still garbled.

Garbled image on both screens

A problem like that is not related to the laptop screen or inverter board.

Again, if the video card is integrated into the motherboard and it fails, you’ll have to replace the motherboard.

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218 comments on “Graphics card aka video board
  1. Mark says:

    I have a problem with my display, it’s a Toshiba laptop.
    When I turn on the laptop, first I see the Toshiba logo with some vertical lines running through the logo and then it goes to the boot menu (safe mode, VGA mode, etc…) and i see a lot of different characters on the screen. Same happens with external screen.

  2. Repair Man says:

    Mark,
    I’ve seen laptops failing like that before. I think you have a problem with the video card.

  3. samuil says:

    i took it apart and cannot anything that looks like vga board. the screen cable plugs into a small connector on motherboard. it mens i have no vga board?

  4. Repair Man says:

    samuil,
    Apparently the VGA board is integrated into the main board as I mentioned in the post. Most laptops have integrated video cards.

  5. Lola says:

    My laptop works fine except the display. There is a hair like vertical line running from the top to the bottom.
    Can I get rid of the line?

  6. Tim says:

    Response to Lola.

    Question: There is a hair like vertical line running from the top to the bottom.
    Can I get rid of the line?

    Not likely. It’s a defect in the screen. Buy new screen or use as is.

  7. Repair Man says:

    Lola,

    There is a hair like vertical line running from the top to the bottom. Can I get rid of the line?

    No, you cannot. That’s a problem with the LCD screen. Either use the laptop as is with the line or be ready for replace the LCD screen.

  8. Repair Laptops says:

    I repair many laptops every week. Most laptops I repair do not have a discrete video card. I can say that most laptops have onboard video card. When onboard card goes south, just replace the main board.

  9. Mo says:

    My laptop screen does not look like the examples above, but the screen colors are mostly gone and it is very bright. I can still read the black font, but that’s about it. Is this symptom also indicative of a video card problem?
    Thanks.

  10. Repair Man says:

    Mo,

    My laptop screen does not look like the examples above, but the screen colors are mostly gone and it is very bright. I can still read the black font, but that’s about it. Is this symptom also indicative of a video card problem?

    You cannot tell what is causing the problem without testing the external video output. That’s could be a bad video card or bad LCD screen.
    You’ll have to connect an external monitor and check out the external video.
    If it’s the same as on the laptop LCD, most likely it’s related to the video card.
    If the external monitor works fine and this problem appears only on the laptop LCD screen, most likely it’s related to the laptop screen.

  11. Mo says:

    Thanks Repair Man,
    I tested the external output and that looks ok. Does that mean that I have no other option other than using an external monitor? Is reformatting the computer useless?
    Do you think using windex cleaner on the screen could have caused this?

    Thanks again

    Mo

  12. Repair Man says:

    Mo,

    I tested the external output and that looks ok.

    Apparently your problem is not related to the graphics card. I guess you have either bad LCD screen or bad video cable. Does it make any difference when you move the display panel? Does the video out gets any better if you move the screen?

    Does that mean that I have no other option other than using an external monitor?

    You can replace the LCD screen /video cable.

    Is reformatting the computer useless?

    Nope, it will not help. The laptop works fine with an external monitor, so it’s not a software related problem.

    Do you think using windex cleaner on the screen could have caused this?

    I guess it’s possible. I you spray to much windex it could get under the display bazel and damage the screen controller. But this is only a guess.

  13. henrique says:

    HI i have a hp pavillion dv 9000 and when i start my pc, the screen turn on but no image, just black sreen. Whats the problem? How can i fix this?

    Waiting for answer very very urgently.
    Thanks

  14. Repair Man says:

    henrique,

    i have a hp pavillion dv 9000 and when i start my pc, the screen turn on but no image, just black sreen. Whats the problem? How can i fix this?

    I know that some HP Pavilion dv9000 laptops have a know problem with the video card/motherboard and HP fixes them at no charge even though if the laptop is not under warranty anymore.

  15. Shen says:

    I have a question of curiosity. I have Dell XPS GEN 2 M170 with nvidia 6800 ultra. It seems that video memory has been damaged. Funny thing is (not so funny when it comes to pay) that when my graphic card failed I was not using laptop. It was just turned on but no programs running. When I opened the lid of my laptop I saw blue screen and when I restarted it I saw symptoms of video damage on my screen. Is there any point to buy a new card or repairing it? How can I prevent further damage if it happens without any reason – I mean Iwas not playing and pushing the card to its limits, so what is your opinion?

  16. Charles says:

    Hi,

    I have Toshiba P100-188 with symtoms similair to your example 3 of failed graphics card.

    The graphics card is seperate from the mother board L601B656 0605A2 part GF-GO7600-N-A2.

    1) Is it possible to upgrade this card when I replace, or is it going to have to be like for like.

    2) I have had a real problem find a supplier through google searches for this graphics card. I have sent emails to various companies in the UK to enquire on availability. Could you recommend anyone, as I am based in the UK.

    Thanks for a very useful and informative site. Which is a life saver for many, I would imagine.

  17. Repair Man says:

    Shen,

    Funny thing is (not so funny when it comes to pay) that when my graphic card failed I was not using laptop. It was just turned on but no programs running. When I opened the lid of my laptop I saw blue screen and when I restarted it I saw symptoms of video damage on my screen.

    Sometimes laptops fail like a light bulb. It works great all day long. You turn it off and next morning you cannot turn it on. It happens.

    Is there any point to buy a new card or repairing it?

    It depends on the price of the video card. Does it make sense to buy a new card? Isn’t it better to use that money for a brand new laptop?

    How can I prevent further damage if it happens without any reason – I mean Iwas not playing and pushing the card to its limits, so what is your opinion?

    You cannot prevent that. If it fails, it fails.

  18. Repair Man says:

    Charles,
    Unfortunately I cannot help you laptop with this particular model. Apparently your Satellite P100-188 is not sold in the USA. I went through list of all P100 but cannot find your model.

    All laptops sold in the USA come with either an integrated video card or discrete nVidia G71M/G71M-U (256MB/512MB) video card.

    Is it possible to upgrade this card when I replace, or is it going to have to be like for like.

    If you are not sure, I would go with like for like. If your laptop has a video card with 256MB VRAM, there is a chance that you can find the same card with 512MB VRAM. If you have 512MB I think it’s the maximum.

    I have had a real problem find a supplier through google searches for this graphics card.

    Do you have any other numbers on the video card? Something like A000039750?

  19. Kurtis says:

    I have a Brand New HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC, with Windows Vista Home Premium package. It’s a labtop of course, but I need a better Graphics Card. Please name a Graphics Card that would fit my Computer and how much it would cost. Need info ASAP!!! Thank You so much for your help you are the best.

  20. Repair Man says:

    Kurtis,
    In most laptops you cannot upgrade the graphics card because it’s a part of the motherboard but I’m not sure about your laptop. Can you give me the full name of your laptop? dv7 what?
    I’ll see if I can find the service manual with a list of parts. Maybe I can answer your question after I look in the manual.

  21. Kurtis says:

    HP Pavilion Dv7-1130us Entertainment – Turion X2 mobile processor 2 GHz – 17 ” – 4 GB Ram – 250 GB HDD from Hewlett-Packard in Notebooks
    $850 to $1,038 fr
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition, 7.5 lbs, Lithium ion battery, 15.6 ” x 11.2 ” x 1.7 “

  22. Repair Man says:

    Kurtis,
    Download the maintenance and service guide for your HP Pavilion Dv7-1130us notebook.
    Take a look at the page 18, it has all a diagram of all major components in your notebook. There is no discrete video card mentioned. The video card is a part of the motherboard and unfortunately you cannot remove and replace it separately. You are stuck with what you have.

  23. Kurtis says:

    Look on page 104. Is there a way to hook a graphic card up to the motherboard

  24. Repair Man says:

    Kurtis,

    Is there a way to hook a graphic card up to the motherboard

    Nope, I do not see any connector for that.

  25. Lynn says:

    Hi, do you know if the Toshiba Qosmio F10-GP1 notebook computer has an integrated video card? My symptoms are exactly as above. Further to that I can get into safe mode but not into windows – the screen is blank. At least in safe mode I can still see my screen even with the faint vertical lines in the background.

    Thanks.

  26. Repair Man says:

    Lynn,

    do you know if the Toshiba Qosmio F10-GP1 notebook computer has an integrated video card?

    I’ve never fixed a Qosmio F10 laptop, I assume it’s not sold in the USA. I guess your Qosmio F10 should be similar to Qosmio F15 (USA model).
    In a Qosmio F10/F15 laptop the video card is integrated into the motherboard.
    If there is a problem with the video card, you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.

  27. Luca says:

    Hello,
    i have a laptop from toshiba m30x and i have a problem with my grafic card.
    can i replace my grafic card with a new card?

  28. Repair Man says:

    Luca,

    i have a laptop from toshiba m30x and i have a problem with my grafic card. can i replace my grafic card with a new card?

    Nope, you cannot. In a Toshiba Satellite M30X and M35X the video graphics card is integrated into the motherboard. You cannot remove and replace it with a new one. If there is a problem with the card, you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.

  29. Luca says:

    Hello, the problem of my toshiba m30x is:
    I was asked to update your video card drivers, then the images could be seen sometimes good and sometimes blurred, the gray, then the PC is lit and the monitor remained black, every time you view and occasionally stayed black, I have uninstalled the drivers, I rebooted, and the PC was seen with the basic settings, I have updated the drivers, insert the date of the ati catalist, given that my video card is an ati 9600/9700, and the next reboot the display was always black.
    Only once has heard a beep and then another 2 faster, so I reported a problem to the video card, there is some way to prove whether it is actually the video card? can you control?

  30. Shcn says:

    Hi,
    I have a Toshiba Satellite M100-165 with Ati x1400 vga card. Is an upgrade possible? If yes I prefer Ati, which cards are compatible with it?

    Thank you

  31. Repair Man says:

    Luca,

    Only once has heard a beep and then another 2 faster, so I reported a problem to the video card, there is some way to prove whether it is actually the video card?

    If you turn on the laptop and the screen stays black and absolutely blank (there is no image at all), the first thing to test would be memory. Try reseating the memory module and maybe replace it with a known good module.
    On a Satellite M30X and M35X a bad memory module can produce a beep error – one long beep and three short.

    You had, one long and two short. I guess it could be the video card but not sure 100%.
    Anyway, in a Satellite M30X the video card is integrated into the motherboard. If the video card is bad you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.

  32. Repair Man says:

    Shcn,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite M100-165 with Ati x1400 vga card. Is an upgrade possible?

    I don’t have access to the list of parts for that particular model. Sorry cannot help. Usually, Toshiba doesn’t give you a lot of upgrade options (like Dell does).

  33. tank aholic says:

    i have a alienware area-51 m15x 15,4 inch, iwanted to change the prossesor and the vga card could i know what type is compatible and how much and where could i buy it?
    my laptop spec:
    – Windows Vista® Home Premium 32 bit
    – 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT(now) wan to change to 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT
    – intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8100 2.1GHz (3MB Cache 800MHz FSB) want to change to
    Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)

    is it possiblle?
    and i also wanted to change my sound card, how could i do it?

  34. BJ says:

    Hi repairmen
    my laptop ( forsa HEL-80. vga geforce 7600 go 256 mb) have those videocard symtomps
    could you please give me an advice where to get a new one (better will be good)

  35. Repair Man says:

    BJ,
    This laptop is not a well known brand. I really doubt that you can find a spare video card even on eBay. Did you try to contact Forsa? Maybe they can sell it to you?

  36. Julie says:

    I have a CX2618 Gateway that would give me garbled video output every few months. Last night the thing went black – but with a light shining on it I can faintly see the desktop, etc. Would this signify a bad video card or a motherboard OR on this particular model is that integrated?

  37. Julie says:

    I forgot to add, when hooked up to an external monitor it does the same thing – just blank.

  38. Repair Man says:

    Julie,
    From your description it looks like your laptop has two different problems.
    Problem 1.

    I have a CX2618 Gateway that would give me garbled video output every few months.

    That could be bad LCD screen, video card problem or defective video cable. I cannot tell without testing the laptop.
    Problem 2.

    Last night the thing went black – but with a light shining on it I can faintly see the desktop

    That could be bad inverter board or failed backlight lamp. Most likely it’s related to the inverter because the backlight lamps fail rarely.

    I don’t think that these two problems are related. You can try replacing the inverter board and hopefully get the backlight working again.

    when hooked up to an external monitor it does the same thing – just blank.

    Did you try switching the video output from internal to external? On most laptops you can do it using the Fn (function key) and one of the F_ keys. Maybe Fn+F4.

    Turn off the laptop, attach the external monitor, turn on the laptop. Press and hold down the Fn key and at the same time press on F4 (I hope it’s the right key) to switch to the external monitor. Can you get it work?

  39. Rosario says:

    I have a problem with a Video Card I bought last week. I’ve chenged my old Geforce Go 6800Ultra with a better Geforce Go 7900GTX 512MB. When the lappy boot up I see some vertical dotted lines and the same when loading XP, but when XP is loaded the lines disappear. If I try to install the driver my lappy completely blocks up and I must start windows in temporary mode and uninstall the driver.

    My laptop is a Clevo D900T with a Motherboard version 5.5 and a Power Supply of 220Watt. Now I have installed again the 6800Ultra and everything is OK.

    What is the problem? The Vga or an incompatibility of the MotherBoard with that card?

    Thanks.
    Rosario

  40. Repair Man says:

    Rosario,

    I have a problem with a Video Card I bought last week. I’ve chenged my old Geforce Go 6800Ultra with a better Geforce Go 7900GTX 512MB. When the lappy boot up I see some vertical dotted lines and the same when loading XP, but when XP is loaded the lines disappear…Now I have installed again the 6800Ultra and everything is OK.

    Did you buy the Geforce Go 7900GTX 512MB from a reliable source? It sounds like your new video card has defective memory. It’s possible you bought a bad card.

  41. joecoolsvette says:

    Rosario,
    I have a problem with a Video Card I bought last week. I’ve chenged my old Geforce Go 6800Ultra with a better Geforce Go 7900GTX 512MB. When the lappy boot up I see some vertical dotted lines and the same when loading XP, but when XP is loaded the lines disappear. If I try to install the driver my lappy completely blocks up and I must start windows in temporary mode and uninstall the driver.

    My laptop is a Clevo D900T with a Motherboard version 5.5 and a Power Supply of 220Watt. Now I have installed again the 6800Ultra and everything is OK.

    What is the problem? The Vga or an incompatibility of the MotherBoard with that card?

    I suggest the motherboard chipset of your laptop, will not support a GeForce Go 7900GTX, (‘Motherboard chipset’ is the Northbridge/Southbridge chipset) You may see a version that is one step up from your laptop, and it uses the Nvidia GeForce Go 7900GTX. It also has a motherboard chipset that will support it.

  42. Repair Man says:

    joecoolsvette (comment 43),

    I suggest the motherboard chipset of your laptop, will not support a GeForce Go 7900GTX, (’Motherboard chipset’ is the Northbridge/Southbridge chipset)

    His video card started and he got video on the screen. It tells me that the video card is compatible with the motherboard. Otherwise it wouldn’t start at all.

    When the lappy boot up I see some vertical dotted lines and the same when loading XP

    I still think there is a problem with the video card. OR it’s not make good connection with the motherboard.

    to Rosario (comment 41).
    Just in case try reseating the video card.

  43. tbrandis says:

    The screen on my Dell D500 randomly flickers. I hooked up an external monitor and the flickering didn’t happen on the monitor. I replaced the screen including LCD cable with one off of a laptop that didn’t flicker, but the flickering continues. The flickering looks as if the computer is switching between AC power and battery.I replaced the AC jack about a year ago. Any ideas on this one?

  44. Repair Man says:

    tbrandis,

    The flickering looks as if the computer is switching between AC power and battery.I replaced the AC jack about a year ago. Any ideas on this one?

    Did you have a chance to test the AC adapter. Maybe there is a short inside the power cord and because of that it’s switching between AC power and battery?
    Will it do the same if you run the laptop just on battery power without AC adapter plugged in?

  45. Travis says:

    Having an issue with my video card. Running an Everex Stepnote XT5300T with NVidia GeForce 8600M GS. About a month ago, I ran my AVG antivirus as a scan, and ever since, I have had an issue with the card. I have since tried reformating everything, and now my recovery disk that came with the laptop errors out (BSOD 0x8E). So, I’ve borrowed another disk to load the OS, and have everything but the graphic’s card to work. Right now, I’ve updated the driver for it, but every time I enable it, it gives me the following BSOD error: 0x050 (0xDC30B405, 0x01, 0x88D79400, 0x02). With the card disabled, I can run the laptop and OS, but the video functionality is severely limited. Any ideas?

  46. Repair Man says:

    Travis,

    With the card disabled, I can run the laptop and OS, but the video functionality is severely limited. Any ideas?

    Unfortunately you don’t have a lot of choices. If the video card is bad, it has to be replaced. There is not much you can do to fix it. Is it a discrete video card? You can try reconnecting it to the motherboard. It’s possible that the video card is not making good contact with the motherboard, maybe pin inside the connector got oxidized, and reconnecting the card will fix it.

  47. tbrandis says:

    The screen doesn’t flicker when the computer is running on battery power. So it appear to be the AC power. I’ve replaced the AC adapter recently.

  48. George says:

    Is it ok to put thermal paste on the graphics card?

  49. Repair Man says:

    Geroge,

    Is it ok to put thermal paste on the graphics card?

    What do you mean by “on the graphics card”?
    Usually thermal grease is applied on a chip before you install the heat sink on it.

  50. Kyle B. says:

    Thanks for the good pictures.
    I have a problem like on in the second example. Internal and external monitors have bad image.
    The bad thing is that I have no discrete video card, it’s on the motherboard. I’ll try to find a replacement and if it’s too expensive I’ll buy a new laptop.

  51. Tom says:

    I have a toshiba qosmio f10 101 and my graphic card is broken. Can i replace it or fix it?

  52. Ömega says:

    NÖ VIDEÖ ÖUTPUT FRÖM LCD OR EXTERNAL MÖNItÖr
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    help please

  53. Repair Man says:

    Omega,

    NÖ VIDEÖ ÖUTPUT FRÖM LCD OR EXTERNAL MÖNItÖr

    The first thing to check is laptop memory, maybe it’s bad. Do you have two memory modules installed? Try removing them one by one. If the laptop start with one module but doesn’t start when the second one is installed, the second module is bad.

  54. Ömega says:

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    Thanks.

  55. JATJ65 says:

    I have no display from my HP Pavillion Laptop. I tried to connect it to a different monitor also…nothing. Can you please help me to identify the graphic card for replacement mine do not look like the one displayed. and there is so many parts to remove. Please help I can’t afford to replace, professional local service or mess it up.

  56. JATJ65 says:

    Repair Man, I should haved I have no display on my HP Pavilion dv6633us Enterainment Notebook PC.

    It was possible for me to view my software previously from my dv6633us via connection to another display monitor.

  57. Repair Man says:

    JATJ65,

    I have no display from my HP Pavillion Laptop. I tried to connect it to a different monitor also…nothing. Can you please help me to identify the graphic card for replacement mine do not look like the one displayed. and there is so many parts to remove.

    The first thing to check is laptop memory. If one of the RAM modules is bad the laptop will not start.
    Try removing RAM modules one by one and teat the laptop with each module separately. Can you get video when only one of the RAM modules is installed? Try different RAM slots too.

  58. bizzle says:

    Can the graphics card be replaced on a Qosmio G35-AV650 (PQG31U-016007) or will I have to replace the mother board?

  59. Repair Man says:

    bizzle,

    Can the graphics card be replaced on a Qosmio G35-AV650 (PQG31U-016007) or will I have to replace the mother board?

    In your Qosmio G53-AV650 the video card is integrated into the motherboard. The video card cannot be removed and replaced separately, so you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard. You can use these part numbers to locate a new motherboard: P000451730 or P000461660. The second part number is a newer one.

  60. bizzle says:

    Repair Man,

    Thanks a million for the info. I’ve been fooling with this thing for a week now.

    Will either of those part numbers work? My laptop was mfd in 2006.

    yes, I think it is the video card. I can get light, but no image on an external monitor, but it turns the power button LED on the external monitor from amber to green. The screen on the laptop looks just about like the third pic in this post. Also, I had to disable the graphics card in device manager or I get an infinate error cycle (blue screen/restart/blue screen/…).

    I called Toshiba and they recomended I update my BIOS version, so I’ll try that then call them back if that doesn’t work. The GPU repair program is only good for one year after your original warranty expires, and I’m beyond that, so I don’t know if they will help me or not. I’ll keep you posted.

  61. Repair Man says:

    bizzle,

    Will either of those part numbers work?

    Yes, either one will work.

    I called Toshiba and they recomended I update my BIOS version, so I’ll try that then call them back if that doesn’t work.

    Yes, keep trying. Even if one representative says no another one might say yes.

  62. Repair Man says:

    bizzle,
    Go with the second part number if you can. It’s possible that the first motherboard has the same GPU chip as you have right now and might fail after a while.

  63. bizzle says:

    Repair Man,

    I upgraded my BIOS to the latest version – still have the same problem. (as I expected)

    I talked to two more tech support people and the last one recomended I call Customer Relations to see if I can get a waiver on the one year rule since I’m only three months out. CR is closed now, so I’ll try tomorrow. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll seek out a board and put it in myself.

    I used the instructions on that link last winter to clean the dust out of my cooling fins on my heat sink, and again earlier this week while searching for the cause of my current problem. I had never had a laptop apart before and it went really smooth. Those are really good (detailed) instructions.

    Thanks for all your help! I’ll let ya know how it turns out.

  64. bizzle says:

    Repair Man,

    I just got off the phone with Customer Relations at Toshiba and they are going to replace my motherboard free of charge. That makes my day, since I priced that board at around $700!

    I would have never called them if you had not suggested it and directed me to that bulletin. Thanks a bunch. You’re the SHIZZLE!

  65. Mohamad says:

    hi,I always watch Tv from my laptop (Toshiba), via tv tuner, some of my friends tell me that, watching video for long time ,it will reduce the life time of the graphic card or damage it, is that true ?
    Thanks for your help.

  66. Repair Man says:

    Mohamad,

    I always watch Tv from my laptop (Toshiba), via tv tuner, some of my friends tell me that, watching video for long time ,it will reduce the life time of the graphic card or damage it, is that true ?

    I think your friend is right in some degree. When you load the video card, it runs hotter and the heat reduces life time of the components on the graphics card. But… Life is short. :) Enjoy watching TV from the laptop while it’s still working.

  67. Samus says:

    Hello Repairman, I have a asus g1, and have run through your guide, my problem is, problem with the connection from lcd to mobo as there is no picture. I can boot windows into safe mode on an external monitor (tv via s-video) but when i try loading normal windows it wont let me get to the welcome screen , nor anything past that.
    Any ideas other than to replace the mobo, as booting windows safe mode only works ive recovery reformatted 3 times just to be sure it isnt windows.

  68. Brian says:

    I’m so glad you posted some pictures! That’s what mine is doing with the random characters and lines, blocks, etc. I swapped LCD and cable with a known good and it is still there so I guess the video card is bad. I have a HP dv9657cl laptop. Is that integrated with the mother board?

  69. Repair Man says:

    Brian,

    That’s what mine is doing with the random characters and lines, blocks, etc. I swapped LCD and cable with a known good and it is still there so I guess the video card is bad. I have a HP dv9657cl laptop. Is that integrated with the mother board?

    Sounds like a problem with the video card, probably bad video memory. According to the ervice manual (page 19), the video card and video memory are integrated into the motherboard. I guess you’ll have to swap the motherboard now.

  70. Repair Man says:

    Samus,

    I have a asus g1, and have run through your guide, my problem is, problem with the connection from lcd to mobo as there is no picture. I can boot windows into safe mode on an external monitor (tv via s-video) but when i try loading normal windows it wont let me get to the welcome screen , nor anything past that.
    Any ideas other than to replace the mobo, as booting windows safe mode only works ive recovery reformatted 3 times just to be sure it isnt windows.

    Sounds like a problem with the video card.
    Here’s something you can try. If your laptop has shared video memory (part of the RAM is used for video purposes) it’s possible that you experiencing this problem because of faulty RAM. Not likely but possible.
    Try replacing RAM module with a another known good module. If you have two RAM modules installed into the laptop try removing them one by one and test the laptop with each modules separately.
    Also, access the BIOS setup menu and try loading default settings. Save the changes and restart the laptop.

  71. Brian says:

    I swapped the motherboard and that is definately the problem. Now to find one cheap. Thanks again.

  72. richard says:

    i have a toshiba satellite p25-s670.my video card is gone. I get lines on start up and it remains the same.please do suggest about the change of a graphics card.

  73. Repair Man says:

    Richard,

    i have a toshiba satellite p25-s670.my video card is gone. I get lines on start up and it remains the same.please do suggest about the change of a graphics card.

    Unfortunately in a Satellite P25 laptop the video card is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed separately. If the video card is gone, you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.

  74. A.Hariri says:

    Great info.

    Is there any website that you are aware of that I could use to buy VGA board for my Toshiba P105-S9722 laptop?

    It is a US laptop.

    Thanks!

  75. Repair Man says:

    A.Hariri,

    Is there any website that you are aware of that I could use to buy VGA board for my Toshiba P105-S9722 laptop?

    It looks like there are two different VGA boards used in a Satellite P105-S9722.
    One VGA board has 256MB memory. It’s nVidia G71M (256MB VRAM). Toshiba part number: A000006510
    Another one has 512MB memory. It’s nVidia G71M-U (512MB VRAM). Toshiba part number: A000006860 or A000039750.
    I don’t know which one you need. But if you google the part number, you’ll find it. VGA boards are not cheap.

  76. Jaime Olivett says:

    Where can I get the NVidia GeForce 8600M graphics card for a toshiba Qosmio F45 av425. is urgent.

  77. Repair Man says:

    Jaime Olivett,

    Where can I get the NVidia GeForce 8600M graphics card for a toshiba Qosmio F45 av425. is urgent.

    The best way to find a replacement part is searching by the manufacturer’s part number. If you purchased your Qosmio F45 laptop in the United States, I can help you to find the VGA board part number. Give me the laptop model number: PQF43U-?????? and after that I’ll be able to search for parts in this laptop.

  78. Jaime Olivett says:

    Thanks for the information. The card I need on a Nvidia Geforce 8600 in the Toshiba Qosmio F45 AV-425 Model No. PQF46U-00K005. I very much appreciate the information you can give me to buy this card. is urgent. thanks

  79. Repair Man says:

    Jaime Olivett,

    The card I need on a Nvidia Geforce 8600 in the Toshiba Qosmio F45 AV-425 Model No. PQF46U-00K005. I very much appreciate the information you can give me to buy this card.

    Here’s the part number for your video card: V000110400
    This is the only card listed for your Qosmio F45 (Model No. PQF46U-00K005).

  80. GHJHVBNNBHG says:

    KEY BOAD NOT WORKING

  81. Repair Man says:

    GHJHVBNNBHG,

    KEY BOAD NOT WORKING

    There is no simple answer. Could be one of the following:
    1. Software issue. Back up all personal data and reinstall Windows from scratch.
    2. Bad connection between keyboard cable and motherboard. Try reconnecting the cable.
    3. Bad keyboard. Replace the keyboard.
    4. Failed keyboard controller on the motherboard. Replace the motherboard.

  82. Joel says:

    Hi Repair Man!
    I have a Toshiba p105-S9337 laptop with a Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS 256mb video card in it… I am curious if I can upgrade to a better video card with 512mb video ram. I’ve been doing some reading and found that the nVidia G71M-U, with 512MB VRAM (Part# A000006860 or A000039750) is the only option for this, can you confirm that? I also am only able to find them at various parts dealers online at ridiculous prices (between $700-$1000 USD! I only payed $600 for this laptop!)… There is currently nothing wrong with my laptop, besides its inability to play modern PC games even at the lowest resolution and settings without poor FPS.
    What would you suggest? Any way I can improve my gaming performance would be amazing. Thanks in advance!

  83. Repair Man says:

    Joel,

    I have a Toshiba p105-S9337 laptop with a Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS 256mb video card in it… I am curious if I can upgrade to a better video card with 512mb video ram. I’ve been doing some reading and found that the nVidia G71M-U, with 512MB VRAM (Part# A000006860 or A000039750) is the only option for this, can you confirm that?

    Could you provide the laptop mode number PSPAGU-??????
    I will look up for VGA boards listed for this laptop.

    I also am only able to find them at various parts dealers online at ridiculous prices (between $700-$1000 USD! I only payed $600 for this laptop!)…

    VGA boards are not cheap.

  84. Hope says:

    Having the same problems as everyone with the HP Pavilion dv6000 not showing a picture. Is there a way to fix it without replacing the motherboard?

  85. Repair Man says:

    Hope,

    Having the same problems as everyone with the HP Pavilion dv6000 not showing a picture. Is there a way to fix it without replacing the motherboard?

    If there is no video on the external or internal screens, most likely it’s ether memory or motherboard problem.
    Try removing memory modules from each slot one by one. Test laptop with each memory installed separately, it’s very unlikely that both modules failed at the same time. If one of the memory modules is bad, the laptop will start when another one is installed.

    If reconnecting, replacing memory doesn’t help, most likely your problem is related to the video chip failure. That means the whole motherboard has to be replaced.

  86. Mark says:

    Hi Repair man,
    I have a sony Vaio Sz433N with a Nvidia Gefore 7400 go graphics card in it (Vista 32bit OS). The laptop runs a dual card system with an Intel 945 family media accelerator which is controlled by a stamina/speed switch. The problem is the laptop appears to have lost all communication with the nvidia card and doesn’t detect it when new drivers are installed. I suspect the Nvidia Card has failed. The result is the laptop only detects the Intel card and gaming performance is reduced.
    Is it possible to replace the card with a straight replacement /new card or, is this a problem you have heard of before and the card is recoverable.
    Any advice is appreciated

  87. Repair Man says:

    Mark,

    I have a sony Vaio Sz433N with a Nvidia Gefore 7400 go graphics card in it (Vista 32bit OS). The laptop runs a dual card system with an Intel 945 family media accelerator which is controlled by a stamina/speed switch. The problem is the laptop appears to have lost all communication with the nvidia card and doesn’t detect it when new drivers are installed. I suspect the Nvidia Card has failed. The result is the laptop only detects the Intel card and gaming performance is reduced.

    I’m not familiar with this Sony model at all.
    If the Nvidia Geforce card is a discrete modules, you can replace it without replacing the whole motherboard.

    The problem is the laptop appears to have lost all communication with the nvidia card and doesn’t detect it when new drivers are installed.

    You can try reconnecting the card, maybe it’s not making good contact with the motherboard (if it’s a discrete card).

    Have you tried reinstalling Vista from scratch?

  88. sanjeet kumar says:

    6 WAY SPLIT SCREEN
    i have lenovo y510 7758 44Q
    i m having problem with the display.
    i m getting 6 way identical small screens on my LCD display
    booting and everything is in that display only.
    when connected to external monitor found single screen but fluctuating and distorted.
    i have NVIDIA Geforce 8400M GS inbuilt graphics chipset with 128 MB memory.
    after all your article it seems there is a failure in my graphics card so i needed to replace it.
    so plz suggest me where to get the card and the approx. cost for the card.
    thanks in advance…

  89. Repair Man says:

    sanjeet kumar,

    i m having problem with the display.
    i m getting 6 way identical small screens on my LCD display

    It’s hard to tell what’s going on because this is not a common failure.
    I think when you have multiple images on the same screen, it’s related to the LCD screen failure, otherwise you would have 6 way split screen on the external monitor too.
    I think you have 6 way split screen because of the LCD screen failure.

    when connected to external monitor found single screen but fluctuating and distorted.

    This part of the description does sound like a problem with the video card, but it could be just a coincidence.

    I wish you have another LCD screen for test. Without test equipment you’ll have to guess.

  90. Fred says:

    I have an HP 6715s: AMD Mobile Sempron 3600+, ATI X1250 video integrated, 2GB RAM, 8GB Disk.

    It has a disk failure (disk recognized neither by BIOS nor by diagnostic programs on the UltimateBootCD, verified by swapping disks with another notebookand successfully booted Ubuntu Linux).
    There seems to be other problems as well, however:

    1. When I run memory and CPU diagnostics from the UltimateBootCD, the air coming from the vent gets hotter all the time and the fan gets louder. At some point the system simply switches off. These diagnostics run okay on the balcony at an ambient temperature of 10°C.
    2. Some of the diagnostics on the UltimateBootCD switch the display into a different mode (I don’t know which). A garbled grid pattern and an appears on the screen (some pixel pattern repeated in each character cell). One can see that some text is being written to the screen, but this is not legible. The display is okay in the boot or DOS mode, however, and it was also okay in Ubuntu. I could not try all resolutions, however.

    About three months ago the machine got quite hot when my wife and daughter were watching a movie on the bed – they probably restricted the airflow. I switched it off immediately as soon as I noticed this and let it cool of. After that it worked fine again.

    Could be that all the above symptoms are related to this event?
    Could it be the cause of the disk failure?
    Could the CPU have been damaged, resulting in it getting hot sooner? Or perhaps the heat sink paste?
    Could be the cause of the display problem? This only seems to affect a mode that’s not normally used on the computer. Can I expect this problem to spread?

    Thanks

  91. Repair Man says:

    Fred,

    It has a disk failure (disk recognized neither by BIOS nor by diagnostic programs on the UltimateBootCD, verified by swapping disks with another notebookand successfully booted Ubuntu Linux).

    Sounds like a problem with the motherboard.

    When I run memory and CPU diagnostics from the UltimateBootCD, the air coming from the vent gets hotter all the time and the fan gets louder. At some point the system simply switches off. These diagnostics run okay on the balcony at an ambient temperature of 10°C.

    Most likely the heat sink is clogged with dust and the laptop overheats. Clean the heat sink and cooling fan with compressed air and try running same tests again. Most likely the laptop will stay on after cleaning the cooling module.

    Some of the diagnostics on the UltimateBootCD switch the display into a different mode (I don’t know which). A garbled grid pattern and an appears on the screen (some pixel pattern repeated in each character cell).

    Maybe it’s normal for that particular test? If the laptop works fine with Linux (in normal resolution), I assume the video card operates properly.
    Although, the description sounds like a problem with the video card.

    Could it be the cause of the disk failure?

    I don’t think so.

    Could the CPU have been damaged, resulting in it getting hot sooner? Or perhaps the heat sink paste?

    I doubt that your problem is related to the CPU. Check the heat sink a clean it. As I said before, most likely the heat sink is clogged with dust.

  92. Judy says:

    Hi Repair man.. I have a HP zv6000 laptop that boots to a dim dark screen. Can be read with a flashlight. However video is okay when connected to an external monitor. I changed the inverter, same problem. Changed the video cable, same result. Before getting a new lcd, I connected the lcd of another laptop of the same kind, same result. I also connected the lcd screen of the original laptop to the other laptop and it came on fine. (resulting in okay lcd and backlight).
    Can just the video cable connection on the laptop to the lcd be bad, but work to an external monitor? Can this be fixed, or do I need a new motherboard?
    Thanks.

  93. Repair Man says:

    Judy,

    I have a HP zv6000 laptop that boots to a dim dark screen. Can be read with a flashlight. However video is okay when connected to an external monitor. I changed the inverter, same problem. Changed the video cable, same result. Before getting a new lcd, I connected the lcd of another laptop of the same kind, same result. I also connected the lcd screen of the original laptop to the other laptop and it came on fine.

    Sounds like the LCD screen on the faulty laptop is working fine. Apparently the problem is somewhere on the motherboard.

    Can just the video cable connection on the laptop to the lcd be bad, but work to an external monitor?

    It’s possible. I’ve seen failures like that before.

    Can this be fixed, or do I need a new motherboard?

    Recently I was fixing a HP laptop with very similar problem. And I went through the same steps as you did. New inverter, cable, LCD didn’t fix it (luckily I had a loaner laptop).
    Finally, I found that my faulty laptop had a stuck lid close switch. The lid close button was pushed into the connector and the laptop “thinked” the display is closed even when it was open. It took me a while to figure out what’s going on because the lid close switch was hidden under the right hinge.
    In my case, the switch was located on a separate board. Instead of replacing the switch, I simply unplugged it from the motherboard and the screen started fine.

    Check the lid close switch. If it’s a button, try tapping on it. If nothing helps, I guess you’ll have to replace the motherboard.

  94. basepart says:

    hi, I’m interested to upgrade the VGA in a Qosmio PQG32E-02K02WGE. Is it possible to install a better VGA ?

    Thanks

  95. Repair Man says:

    basepart,

    I’m interested to upgrade the VGA in a Qosmio PQG32E-02K02WGE. Is it possible to install a better VGA ?

    What is the model number for your Qosmio laptop. Is it Qosmio G30/G35?
    I believe this models come with integrated video card (when the video card is integrated into the motherboard). If that’s the case, you cannot upgrade the video card.

    Check your laptop specifications. Find out if the video card is integrated.

  96. basepart says:

    Thank you for the reply, it’s a Qosmio G30-126. The product’s web page shows the following info about the video card.

    manufacturer : NVIDIA®
    memory amount : 256 MB
    memory type : DDR3 Video RAM
    connected bus : 16x PCI Express

    It says that it is connected to the 16x PCI Express bus. Does that mean that I can upgrade the video card ?

    If yes, what are the available options from NVIDIA ?

    Thanks again

  97. mike says:

    Mr. Repair Man,

    I have a viewsonic stand alone lcd. The monitor lights up but no picture at all. I suspect bad vga board (converts signal to lcd screen?).

    I also have a few Planar monitors that were given to me. They do fine at first for several minutes then flash or go out. Invertor? I’ve found an ebay site with universals for a fair price. Is it worth my time?

    Thanks for your time.

  98. Leonard says:

    I have taken my Sony Vaio PCG-V505DC2 laptop apart several times in order to solve its problem of being dead.
    Can you answer my question below?

    First I bought a new battery, battery does not charge.
    Second I tested the AC/DC plug and found it OK out put 15V (OK I cut the cord part and ruined the end, but still works)
    Third I cleaned and reassembled the heat sink and cleaned the fan.

    Fourth I completly dissasembled and removed the MB so I could find out what the power plug was connected to. This happened to be the video card (A8068226A VIF-24). I am supposing that this may be the problem to the dead issue. Why, because 1) this is where the power connection goes to, 2) I was having some problems with delayed/skippy video from streaming TV shows, and 3) the dead problem occurred immediatley after I plugged my desktop monitor into the side port.

    Do you think that replaceing the board (A8068226A VIF-24) might cause the computer to come alive again?

  99. Leonard says:

    From Leonard to Leonard.
    Dear Leonard,
    You are preceicely correct with your assumption.
    As you will discover the VAIO laptop will again live after replacement of your video card as I have done.
    Now don’t take this to be the answer for all dead laptop problems, as it may be a case of trial and error. After searching Ebay for my part number as Mr. Repair man suggests, I was able to purchace a used video card and replace my faulty one. I must warn you again though, that doing this kind of repair yourself might leave you with a few extra screws after you have reassembled your laptop. Don’t worry though, it’ll work fine. Those screws are only there incase you lose one or two, or six!

  100. Kir says:

    Dear Mr Repair Man!

    I have a HP Pavilion 6597es bought 2 years ago and month ago it broke down. I was playing a game when suddently the image froze and sound went into a loop. I turned it off and then on again. From that moment everything I see on the screen is white screen which then shifts into vertical random colored lines. Connecting to external monitor shows a black screen. So it’s the graphics card, right? I assumed so and HP customer service told me the same. They said that I need to have the whole motherboard replaced for like 400$ total… What do you think? Is there a way to repair the graphics card separately (btw it’s a Geforce 8400M GS)?

  101. Pete says:

    Hiya,

    I’m fixing a friend’s computer, it’s a desktop, and the integrated video card has died. I’m banging my head against a wall trying to get the system to accept a PCI or AGP card, but it doesn’t seem to read them. I’m literally flying blind without SOME kind of video, and I have none. Is there any trick to get a bios to just switch to a new card without having to try a flying blind install?

  102. Repair Man says:

    Pete,

    I’m fixing a friend’s computer, it’s a desktop, and the integrated video card has died. I’m banging my head against a wall trying to get the system to accept a PCI or AGP card, but it doesn’t seem to read them. I’m literally flying blind without SOME kind of video, and I have none. Is there any trick to get a bios to just switch to a new card without having to try a flying blind install?

    There is not much you can do if the desktop doesn’t recognize your external video cards automatically.
    I’m afraid you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.

  103. Repair Man says:

    Kir,

    I have a HP Pavilion 6597es bought 2 years ago and month ago it broke down. I was playing a game when suddently the image froze and sound went into a loop. I turned it off and then on again. From that moment everything I see on the screen is white screen which then shifts into vertical random colored lines. Connecting to external monitor shows a black screen. So it’s the graphics card, right?

    Sounds like the graphics card failure.

    They said that I need to have the whole motherboard replaced for like 400$ total… What do you think? Is there a way to repair the graphics card separately (btw it’s a Geforce 8400M GS)?

    Unfortunately, they are correct. The video card is integrated into the motherboard and if it failed, the entire motherboard has to be replaced.
    You can ship it to HP or… try replacing the motherboard yourself. Of course, if you have nothing to lose. :)

  104. Vlada says:

    I replaced my card Ati X1400(doesn’t work) with new ATI HD3650 and it starts to show picture but after 2seconds computer shut down alone. I’m providing you pictures what was happened. I pressed F2 to go in bios and it started the process entering to bios and shut down was happened again. The second picture showing result after shut down! 5 seconds are disappearing pixels from right to left on my screen in turn off state. Is new ATI HD3650 has any problem or my BIOS need to be upgraded? Any suggestion?

  105. Repair Man says:

    Vlada,

    I replaced my card Ati X1400(doesn’t work) with new ATI HD3650 and it starts to show picture but after 2seconds computer shut down alone.

    It’s possible that you’ll have to update the laptop BIOS. Maybe the new card is not supported properly by the BIOS installed now.
    This is just a guess.

    I guess you had to disassemble the laptop for the video card replacement.
    Maybe you disconnected the cooling fan and forgot to connect it back?
    Did you transfer the heat sink from the old card to the new one? Maybe you forgot to apply thermal grease (if it’s required)?

    It’s possible that your laptop shuts down because of overheating.

  106. Rik says:

    Hi,
    I have a Toshiba Satellite A200 PSAFCA-01400J and have had serious video issues. A few months back my laptop would shutdown unexpectedly. Then it became more frequent. Now, when I turn on the laptop I get random white lines on the screen and thats it. If I connect it to an external monitor, I get an image and it boots up (if I disable the GPU from device manager) but I still get a distorted image (red lines). I took it overseas to get it checked and they reckon it was the GPU as well but I didn’t get time to fix it.

  107. Charles says:

    Hi repairman, I own a satellite X200-21x. It works nice but suddenly it wont start up. Black screen and sometimes two short beeps an a long beeb. Coult it be the graphic boards? (LS-344AP and LS-3449P). If so is there a way to be shure that this is it? Because the boards are not sheap at all (2×450 bucks. Is it possible to run the lap with only one card installed? Thanks a lot for your posts and your help.

  108. Repair Man says:

    Charles,

    I own a satellite X200-21x. It works nice but suddenly it wont start up. Black screen and sometimes two short beeps an a long beep. Could it be the graphic boards? (LS-344AP and LS-3449P).

    Yes, it’s possible that one of the graphics cards is bad. Also, could be bad RAM. Man, I hate to troubleshoot these X200/X205 laptops with SLi graphic cards! Too many things could go wrong.

    First of all, try removing memory modules one by one and test the laptop with each module separately. If you still experiencing the same issue with only one module installed, most likely it’s not related to the memory failure. I really doubt that both memory modules failed at the same time. By the way, I believe that when you have only one module installed in Satellite X200/X205, you have to use the outer memory slot (further from the motherboard) or the laptop will not start.

    If the laptop still beeps when you swap memory, most likely one of the graphics card is faulty. Which one? I don’t know.
    I fixed a few Satellite X205 SLi notebooks with faulty video cards and in my case it always was the first card failure (which is located closer to the motherboard).

    Is it possible to run the lap with only one card installed?

    I don’t know. As I said, in my case it always was the first card failure, so removing the second card (mounted further from the motherboard) didn’t change anything.

    If you have to guess, buy these cards one by one and I would suggest replacing the card#1 (mounted closer to the motherboard) first.

  109. Repair Man says:

    Rik,

    A few months back my laptop would shutdown unexpectedly. Then it became more frequent. Now, when I turn on the laptop I get random white lines on the screen and thats it. If I connect it to an external monitor, I get an image and it boots up (if I disable the GPU from device manager) but I still get a distorted image (red lines). I took it overseas to get it checked and they reckon it was the GPU as well but I didn’t get time to fix it.

    Yep, sounds like the video card failure.

    Some Satellite A200/A205 models come with integrated video cards. If that’s the case, you’ll have to replace the entire motherboard.
    More expensive Satellite A200/A205 models might have a discrete video card. In this case you can replace just the video card.

    I don’t know if your Toshiba Satellite A200 PSAFCA-01400J has a discrete video card. It’s not a US model and I cannot check the configuration.
    You can open up the case and take a look inside to find out if you have a discrete card.

  110. Rik says:

    hi,
    thanks for the advice. If it is a discrete video card, will I find it in the same place as in that step-by-step guide? I was told by someone that my laptop has a separate vga board, and also the repair place overseas told me they intended to replace the gpu only, I hope that means its a discrete video card I can replace.

    Also, what precautions must I take when opening my laptop up? I dont have anti-static gloves.

  111. Repair Man says:

    Rik,

    If it is a discrete video card, will I find it in the same place as in that step-by-step guide?

    Yes, it should be in the same location.

    I was told by someone that my laptop has a separate vga board, and also the repair place overseas told me they intended to replace the gpu only, I hope that means its a discrete video card I can replace.

    Again, you’ll have to disassemble the laptop to find out if it’s a discrete video card. Or find laptop specifications, maybe this info is available in the user’s manual.

    If you have a discrete video card installed into the laptop, I think you can safely buy the video card you mentioned.

    Also, what precautions must I take when opening my laptop up? I dont have anti-static gloves.

    I don’t have anti-static gloves either.
    If you don’t have anti-static wrist strap, at lease touch grounded metal equipment before touching parts inside the laptop. It should discharge you.

  112. Rik says:

    Ok cool, thanks!

  113. Charles says:

    THANKS A LOT! I will keep you informed.

  114. Charles says:

    Hi repairman, it´s not so easy to get the X200-21X fixed. I bought now an identical model on ebay (working). I dissassembled this, and put the videocard from the bad x200 into the new one. Result: not booting. No beeps. Ok I tought, it´s the video board. I reassembled the new x200 and … holy sh..t, it was not booting too. What was wrong? I remembered your words, that memory could be a problem, so I put out the two memory banks and put in only one bank from the bad X200 and … tatata it was booting. So I have still no idea if the video board of the old X200 is bad or not. I will trie to find now a motherboard for the old machine, because I want to know whats wrong with this machine. I will you keep informed.Charles

  115. mimi says:

    I have a Toshiba Qosmio F30. When it starts to boot up I get green blocks over the screen followed by white vertical dotted lines and then the screen goes totally black and I can go no further. I can boot it up in safe mode but I see faint red blocks all over the black screen too.
    Can you please advise?
    Many thanks.

  116. Repair Man says:

    mimi,

    I have a Toshiba Qosmio F30. When it starts to boot up I get green blocks over the screen followed by white vertical dotted lines and then the screen goes totally black and I can go no further. I can boot it up in safe mode but I see faint red blocks all over the black screen too.
    Can you please advise?

    Sounds like the video card failure. Just in case, test your laptop with video on the external monitor.
    Connect the monitor to the VGA port on the laptop and turn on the laptop. The external monitor should be detected automatically. If it shows garbled image, this is the video card failure.

    Not sure about Satellite F30 but it’s a knows failure with Satellite G30/G35 models.

    Try calling Toshiba. Explain what’s going on. Maybe you can get a free repair.

  117. Yurik says:

    Hey there, I have a Toshiba Qosmio f45 av-425 and it shuts down after a few minutes when i start to play a game??? Not sure if its overheating or what?

  118. Harry says:

    I have benq joybook S41, my VGA is GeForce 8600m GS. Is my VGA card is integared with mainboard?

    what the indicates / marks the VGA in laptop is integrated or Descrete ?

    Thank’s

  119. Kevin says:

    I have a Clevo M57u or M570U with Geforce Go 7950.

    All of sudden I have very small white vertical lines all over the screen and the color of the images are distorted and some flickering aswell. The font is also distorted and some are illegible. This problem is present during booting, bios setup and in windows (xp). I tried to reinstall the video drivers but to no avail. When connecting the laptop to an external monitor, the display is fine on the monitor. Is it a video card problem or the lcd? How can I test them?

    PLEASE HELP.

  120. Repair Man says:

    Kevin,

    All of sudden I have very small white vertical lines all over the screen and the color of the images are distorted and some flickering aswell. The font is also distorted and some are illegible. This problem is present during booting, bios setup and in windows (xp). I tried to reinstall the video drivers but to no avail. When connecting the laptop to an external monitor, the display is fine on the monitor. Is it a video card problem or the lcd? How can I test them?

    If the video is fine on the external monitor, most likely the video card works properly.

    I think it’s either bad LCD cable or the screen LCD itself going bad. Which one is causing the problem? I don’t know. It’s hard to tell until one of them is replaced.

    1. You can try reconnecting the LCD cable on both ends – motherboard and LCD screen. Maybe it’s just loose connection.
    2. You can take apart the display panel and move/wiggle the LCD cable while the laptop is on. If moving the cable affects video on the laptop screen, it’s possible the cable has shorted wires inside and has to be replaced.
    3. Replace the LCD screen.

  121. hellbinder says:

    I have a toshiba s9722 and i saw a comment where
    ther eare random character lines when starting up where it is in DOS. The screen also has garbled lines all over. I can’t boot up windows normally. I have to turn it on in safe mode. Now, this happens randomly, sometimes i leave it off for some days and when i turn it on is normal, then in the blink of an eye, the screen becomes messed up. Its the video card right?

  122. Repair Man says:

    hellbinder,

    I have a toshiba s9722 and i saw a comment where
    ther eare random character lines when starting up where it is in DOS. The screen also has garbled lines all over. I can’t boot up windows normally. I have to turn it on in safe mode. Now, this happens randomly, sometimes i leave it off for some days and when i turn it on is normal, then in the blink of an eye, the screen becomes messed up. Its the video card right?

    Your description sounds like the video card failure.

  123. hellbinder says:

    So, now I have been looking online for some way to fix this. Now my question is? Is this video card replaceable. Can I buy an upgraded one? I do think that it is the video card but i can’t find any info on video card replacement on my laptop. If it’s even possible… Any ideas?

  124. Repair Man says:

    hellbinder,

    Is this video card replaceable. Can I buy an upgraded one? I do think that it is the video card but i can’t find any info on video card replacement on my laptop. If it’s even possible… Any ideas?

    I cannot tell without looking at the laptop. In most laptops the video card is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed or replaced. You have to take a look at the laptop specifications and find if your laptop has integrated video card.

  125. Matt says:

    I’m also having some problems with vertical lines on my screen, including the bootup screen and the cursor. A friend says it’s the video card. This scares me because it’s integrated into the motherboard, right? Also, what does it mean when the fan suddenly goes from low to super-high (and loud), and without stopping? The OS is fine, but I can’t get the darned fan to turn off except to restart the computer. The only permanent fix is when I uninstall the video driver. Can you offer me any suggestions??

  126. AB says:

    Hi,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite M60. The laptop is completely dead – no lights at all (with power plugged in). I took apart the laptop to check the jack – everything seems good. With the laptop apart, I plugged the bare motherboard in and used a voltmeter to check for power. I noticed that power was going from the jack to the motherboard – so I conclude that the jack is fine and the power supply is good – but still no indicator lights on the motherboard. I unplug the motherboard and remove the Video Card. Plug the motherboard back in – THERE IS LIFE – Blue indicator LED on the motherboard illuminates!!! Could the Video Card be causing a short somewhere? Have you ever experienced an issue like this – Or do you think the MOBO is done?

  127. michael farmers says:

    Really, you may not have to replace your motherboard if you’ve a computer repair shop that knows its stuff. The issue of failing or failed laptop graphic card nowadays is mainly common to any laptop with on-board graphic as well as upgradeable graphic card carrying nVidia chipset. These chipsets can be repaired using a number of methods.
    1 – Reheating. [May only work for a few minutes to hours or days or even months]

    2 – If it works after reheating. it means that the chip is good but the balls are bad. A fully equipped repair shop can remove the chipset, on die as well as upgrade card and remove the ball, then reball the chipset and reinstall the reballed chipset using special rework station.
    3 – Buy a brand new chipset with corresponding reference to the old chipset. Remove the old and install the new. Avoid buying off ebay as they are mainly reballed chipset being sold as new. Mostly they are dead! This may be frustrating.

  128. michael farmers says:

    So many questions! Hardly an informed answer!!
    Laptop graphic issues are fixable. This goes for PC and Mac as well.
    It doesn’t matter whether the chipset is ATI, nVidia or Intel or whatever.
    Removing these chipsets and replacing it or reballing the faulty chipset though is not a job for normal user or DIY enthusiasts. Not that the knowledge is rocket science grade, only that it requires several tools, reballing kits, rework station, balls or new chipset depending on the circumstance. And of course experienced tech guy or tech lady.

    The message is if you can diagnose the issue, if you are sure that your machine hasn’t got multiple ailments, i.e. Short circuit issue or spillage. [No offence meant, but some folks love force feeding their laptops, many laptops come in to us drunker than the owner. Needless to say that all laptops are allergic to tea, cafe or spirits – not ghost please] If you diagnose right, you can safely remove an upgradeable graphic card and replace it. for reballing though, you may need get a professional.

  129. Repair Man says:

    The issue of failing or failed laptop graphic card nowadays is mainly common to any laptop with on-board graphic as well as upgradeable graphic card carrying nVidia chipset. These chipsets can be repaired using a number of methods.
    1 – Reheating. [May only work for a few minutes to hours or days or even months]

    Yep, reheating the motherboard works sometimes.

    Really, you may not have to replace your motherboard if you’ve a computer repair shop that knows its stuff.

    Not too many computer shops repair motherboards on the component level.

    If it works after reheating. it means that the chip is good but the balls are bad. A fully equipped repair shop can remove the chipset, on die as well as upgrade card and remove the ball, then reball the chipset and reinstall the reballed chipset using special rework station.

    Is it an expensive repair? How much do you charge for the repair? Maybe it’s cheaper to buy a new motherboard?

  130. Repair Man says:

    AB,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite M60. The laptop is completely dead – no lights at all (with power plugged in). I took apart the laptop to check the jack – everything seems good. With the laptop apart, I plugged the bare motherboard in and used a voltmeter to check for power. I noticed that power was going from the jack to the motherboard – so I conclude that the jack is fine and the power supply is good – but still no indicator lights on the motherboard. I unplug the motherboard and remove the Video Card. Plug the motherboard back in – THERE IS LIFE – Blue indicator LED on the motherboard illuminates!!! Could the Video Card be causing a short somewhere? Have you ever experienced an issue like this – Or do you think the MOBO is done?

    It’s hard to tell if your problem is related to the motherboard or video card, but I’ve seen a failed video card shorting the whole system.

    I’ve seen a problem like that with Toshiba Satellite X205 laptops. Exactly same symptoms. No LED lights with the video card plugged in, but as soon as you remove the video card and plug the AC adapter, the power LED turns on. I’ve seen a few laptops like that and replacing the motherboard didn’t fix the problem. I had to replace failed video cards.

    Could the Video Card be causing a short somewhere?

    Yes, it’s possible.

  131. Repair Man says:

    Matt,

    I’m also having some problems with vertical lines on my screen, including the bootup screen and the cursor. A friend says it’s the video card.

    You’ll have to test your laptop with an external monitor. If you see same problem on the external monitor, most likely this is the video card failure.

    This scares me because it’s integrated into the motherboard, right?

    I cannot tell without looking at the laptop but in most laptops the video card is integrated into the motherboard.

    Also, what does it mean when the fan suddenly goes from low to super-high (and loud), and without stopping?

    It’s possible the heat sink is clogged with dust. Because of that the laptop overheats and the cooling fan runs at full speed.

  132. redchow says:

    Hi I have a HP dv6000 which was bought in 2007. I have read that my series may have faulty motherboards. Anyway when I power it up the LCD has lights on and everything has power, but there is just a blank screen. I plugged in a VGA monitor and there are vertical blue lines when my computer boots up and as it tries to do a system restore but fails. When I try to boot up windows normally it blue screens at the point where it usually goes to the user login and restarts itself and does this in a cycle. I’m guessing that my video card is totally dead judging by the descriptions above but is there also an lcd problem? Can anything from my laptop be salvaged?

  133. Repair Man says:

    redchow,

    I have a HP dv6000 which was bought in 2007. I have read that my series may have faulty motherboards. Anyway when I power it up the LCD has lights on and everything has power, but there is just a blank screen. I plugged in a VGA monitor and there are vertical blue lines when my computer boots up and as it tries to do a system restore but fails.

    Sounds like a well known video chip failure.

    Can anything from my laptop be salvaged?

    Hard drive, DVD drive, memory, LCD screen, keyboard, plastic parts, etc…

    By the way, I’m typing my response on this laptop. :)

  134. Beth says:

    I have a Toshiba Satellite P505D that I purchased in January. All of a sudden it has started shutting off when I am playing my online games. I play Warcraft and the computer completely shuts off after about 10-30 minutes in game (it varies). Toshiba suggested it may have been a software flaw so I loaded 2 other games, Atlantica and Warhammer, same thing, 10-30 minutes in, the computer shuts completely off. This doesn’t happen when I am web browsing or playing web based games such as Evony. I’m thinking the graphics card is having some problem since it the problem isnt exclusive to one program but instead to any game that but a load on the graphics card. Any ideas?

  135. Repair Man says:

    Beth,

    I have a Toshiba Satellite P505D that I purchased in January. All of a sudden it has started shutting off when I am playing my online games. I play Warcraft and the computer completely shuts off after about 10-30 minutes in game (it varies). Toshiba suggested it may have been a software flaw so I loaded 2 other games, Atlantica and Warhammer, same thing, 10-30 minutes in, the computer shuts completely off.

    First of all, make sure you are using the laptop on a flat surface and there is a gap between the laptop bottom and the surface, it’s necessary for the proper cooling.
    If you are using the laptop on a desk and it still shuts down, most likely it happens because of overheating. You’ll have to clean up the cooling module, apparently it’s clogged with dust.

    Find an air compressor (or use shop-vac blower) and blow off dust from the cooling module. You can so it though the air intake on the bottom.

  136. Jose says:

    PROBLEM: SPLIT SCREEN INTO FOUR SMALLER ONES

    Hello everyone.

    When I turn on my HP dv6000 laptop the screen gets divided into four smaller screens about 4″x5″ each.This happens as soon as the BIOS screen appears, it does not go away even when windows finish loading up. I have looked online for this problem and it does not appear to be the inverter, so far I unistalled the the video driver to forced the computer to look for the driver again, I also updated the video driver with the latest one from HP but it did’nt help. Can any one tell what else I can try? Thks.

  137. Dinesh says:

    thank you ! the website having lots of knowledge about laptop & its useful for me thank u once again !

  138. mauro tatini says:

    hello – I’ve been having a problem for quite some time, in a pretty new computer – of course, not new enough to be under warranty. HP wants me to send it to them for 400 dollars – but nowadays, that’s crazy. It’s the DV2890NR artists edition running vista. I’ve tried to restore it a few times (back to factory) and it works sometimes for almost a whole day, sometimes for an hour or so, and then it locks again on the blank screen. I updated the bios, no luck. I think it’s the graphics card that is bad, and it goes crazy because it finds a hardware malfunction (I did the memory/hard drive test, and it passed – it has 3 gig of RAM, 250 of HD). I downloaded the service manual, but can’t find the graphics card in it – is it attached to the mother board? I read a few people saying that the solder goes bad in it if it gets too hot – which it did a few times (it’s my wife’s, and she often puts on her lap in bad, so the comforter covers all possible vents – no matter how many times I tell her not to, she forgets). If it is indeed something that can only be fixed changing the mother board, I guess 400 dollars will be the price to pay, right? Oh, and I tried to upgrade to windows 7 (just in case the vista was messed up) but it stops in the middle – because the problem comes back before it is fully upgraded. Thanks!

  139. Paul says:

    I have a DEll Inspiron 8600 that when booting you see a boot menu going thru its process and then the screen goes blank as if if completed boot but no graphics are on the screen. Could I be having problems with my video card or drivers, or is this a sign of a faulty HD.

  140. PFlo says:

    I figured it out. It was a faulty drive, replaced drive and reloaded software and no problems.

  141. nikosmantis says:

    hi, i have a tecra S5 13D laptop and there is a problem with vga card i think, i connect external lcd screen and i saw vertical lines,tha lcd of laptop don t start and laptop don t boot without external lcd screen,what i need to do?
    thanks

  142. Brenda says:

    I have a Sony Vaio PCG-GRX670 and would like to know if the video card is upgradable or if it is integrated into the motherboard.

    I really love this laptop and don’t want to replace it because I need a better video card.
    Thanks in advance for your help………….Brenda

  143. Srini says:

    A few days back a thick pink band started appearing on my dell lcd. This caused my pictures to appear bad, but i was still using the laptop. A few days later the laptop screen started displaying poor artifacts, flickering and blanked out after a while. All through when connected to an external montor the display was perfect.

    Today i replaced the LCD, inverter and video cable with those i pulled from another working inspiron e1505 (my friend’s).

    While the pink band is gone on my e1505, the poor display artifact, flicker and blanking out continues.
    When i boot up the Dell logo will appear some times and the display will flicker all the way till i land on log on page. Once i select the user and land in the desktop screen will blank out after a while. All through the picture i seen on the lcd is of poor quality.

    The display is perfect on external monitor even now.

    Here are some details about my laptop.

    Windows 7 Home Premum -Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600 (about a year back upgraded from xp professsional)
    Processor Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2080 @ 1.73GHz, 1733 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A14, 4/2/2007
    SMBIOS Version 2.4
    NVidia GeForce Go 7300 display adapter

    The old LCD was an AU OPTRONICS B154EW01 15.4 LCD
    The new LCD is a Samsung taken from my friends e1505.

    I have checked the connections multiple times. Please let me know what could be causing the poor lcd display.

    Should i be using the old inverter connected to the faulty lcd instead of the one that come attached with the working lcd ?
    Should i reinstall my OS from an old image ?
    Should i change my NVidia graphics card ? (Does the good external display rule out this)

    As mentioned the LCD, inverter and video cables are from a perfectly working laptop running XP media center os.
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  144. Repair Man says:

    nikosmantis,

    i have a tecra S5 13D laptop and there is a problem with vga card i think, i connect external lcd screen and i saw vertical lines,tha lcd of laptop don t start and laptop don t boot without external lcd screen,what i need to do?

    If the laptop shows no video on the internal LCD screen and has vertical lines on the external video, most likely this is video card failure.
    If the video card integrated into the motherboard, you’ll have to replace the motherboard. There is not much you can do to fix this problem.
    If the video card is a separate module, you can replace just the video card.

  145. Repair Man says:

    Brenda,

    I have a Sony Vaio PCG-GRX670 and would like to know if the video card is upgradable or if it is integrated into the motherboard.

    I really love this laptop and don’t want to replace it because I need a better video card.

    I believe this laptop has integrated ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 7500 video card which cannot be removed and upgraded.

  146. Repair Man says:

    Srini,

    A few days back a thick pink band started appearing on my dell lcd. This caused my pictures to appear bad, but i was still using the laptop. A few days later the laptop screen started displaying poor artifacts, flickering and blanked out after a while. All through when connected to an external montor the display was perfect.

    Today i replaced the LCD, inverter and video cable with those i pulled from another working inspiron e1505 (my friend’s).

    While the pink band is gone on my e1505, the poor display artifact, flicker and blanking out continues.
    When i boot up the Dell logo will appear some times and the display will flicker all the way till i land on log on page. Once i select the user and land in the desktop screen will blank out after a while. All through the picture i seen on the lcd is of poor quality.

    The display is perfect on external monitor even now.

    Strange failure.
    You mentioned a few times that your laptop works fine with the external monitor, so I assume the video card is fine.
    You’ve replaced all major display parts but the problem is still there. Weird!
    Maybe you have bad video cable connector on the motherboard? I’ve seen it happening before but it’s very uncommon failure.
    Here’s what you can try.
    Turn on the laptop and apply some pressure on the video cable on the motherboard while the laptop is running. Will it affect image on the screen?

  147. Brian says:

    dell precision m60 – lcd working normally then starts pixilating and becomes unreadable and screen goes black. Restart with dianostic boot, screen is barely readable with lots of vertical lines, but hardware tests are passing. It gets to graphics test & screen returns to almost normal. Let it run another couple tests and as soon as I see that the dialog box running a test looking normal I can escape the test and windows reboots normally and graphics work fine – all day! I updated the video drivers but it didn’t make any difference. Any advice as to whether this is software or hardware related would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  148. MOHD AIJAZ DAR says:

    honrable concerns
    i have a probleum related to graphics…….
    some times my compaq presaino gives graphics. but on restarting graphics fail to console. after some i turn off pc illegality. on switching on it gives again graphics.
    plz tell me what may be the problem.
    can it be due bios cell if bios cell is low or dead

  149. Repair Man says:

    Brian,

    dell precision m60 – lcd working normally then starts pixilating and becomes unreadable and screen goes black. Restart with dianostic boot, screen is barely readable with lots of vertical lines, but hardware tests are passing. It gets to graphics test & screen returns to almost normal. Let it run another couple tests and as soon as I see that the dialog box running a test looking normal I can escape the test and windows reboots normally and graphics work fine – all day! I updated the video drivers but it didn’t make any difference. Any advice as to whether this is software or hardware related would be appreciated.

    First of all, test your laptop with an external monitor. Do you have a problem with video on the external monitor and it works fine, or external video fails too?
    Also, when the video stats pixelating, try moving/torquing the screen. Will it affect image on the screen at all?

  150. Repair Man says:

    MOHD AIJAR DAR,

    some times my compaq presaino gives graphics. but on restarting graphics fail to console. after some i turn off pc illegality. on switching on it gives again graphics.
    plz tell me what may be the problem.
    can it be due bios cell if bios cell is low or dead

    Could be memory related problem. Try reconnecting memory modules. If you have two memory modules installed, try removing them one by one. Test your laptop with each memory module separately.

  151. DAVID says:

    I NEED THE VIDEOS ON LAPTOPS REPAIRS, HOW CAN I GET IT? THANKS.

  152. Repair Man says:

    DAVID,

    I NEED THE VIDEOS ON LAPTOPS REPAIRS, HOW CAN I GET IT? THANKS.

    What videos?

  153. srini says:

    Srini said:
    A few days back a thick pink band started appearing on my dell lcd. This caused my pictures to appear bad, but i was still using the laptop. A few days later the laptop screen started displaying poor artifacts, flickering and blanked out after a while. All through when connected to an external montor the display was perfect.
    Today i replaced the LCD, inverter and video cable with those i pulled from another working inspiron e1505 (my friend’s).
    While the pink band is gone on my e1505, the poor display artifact, flicker and blanking out continues.
    When i boot up the Dell logo will appear some times and the display will flicker all the way till i land on log on page. Once i select the user and land in the desktop screen will blank out after a while. All through the picture i seen on the lcd is of poor quality.
    The display is perfect on external monitor even now.

    Repair Man said:

    Strange failure.
    You mentioned a few times that your laptop works fine with the external monitor, so I assume the video card is fine.
    You’ve replaced all major display parts but the problem is still there. Weird!
    Maybe you have bad video cable connector on the motherboard? I’ve seen it happening before but it’s very uncommon failure.
    Here’s what you can try.
    Turn on the laptop and apply some pressure on the video cable on the motherboard while the laptop is running. Will it affect image on the screen?

    Srini’s reply: No that did not have an impact. I replaced my nVidia 7300 graphics adapter with ATI X1300. This fixed the flicker issue.
    Thank you for your reply !

  154. Nick says:

    In 25 years of working on computers, I’ve never seen anything quite like this.

    I’m working on a neighbor’s HP dv5t-1000 laptop w/4 GB RAM. The laptop had previously been dropped and broken case parts replaced by another tech. After that repair, it worked fine for a number of months before developing a new symptom.

    Regardless of mode (BIOS, Safe, or full), the LCD panel (a WSXGA+ with 1680 X 1050 resolution) will only display 1080 X 768 on the left side of the screen, leaving the right quarter of the screen blank. The LCD displays at full brightness and full screen area with no flicker, lines or other anomalies or artifacts.

    An external monitor displays all available modes. I have confirmed latest BIOS and drivers are installed, although the fact that this issue is present even in BIOS suggests a physical hardware issue rather than driver.

    It appears that the on-board video is not properly recognizing the LCD panel as it only shows two available resolutions: 800 X 600 and 1080 X 768, neither of which fills the wide-screen panel.

    When I opened the display panel, the video cable appears to be a different part number than HP lists for this particular model (per HP’s part search based on serial number). I have re-seated all video cable connections with no change.

    Based on the above, I’m leaning toward a bad cable, but could this also be an LCD issue? If so, is there any way to determine (short of trying one of each) which part is likely to be at fault?

    Thanks for your help.

  155. Repair Man says:

    Nick,

    Based on the above, I’m leaning toward a bad cable, but could this also be an LCD issue? If so, is there any way to determine (short of trying one of each) which part is likely to be at fault?

    I think this is LCD screen failure, not the cable failure.
    When video cable fails, the laptop video can go garbled, fuzzy, or disappear completely but… I really doubt that bad video cable can “support” only 800 X 600 and 1080 X 768 resolutions.
    Probably the LCD screen has failed controller board which means the screen has to be replaced.
    You tried loading default BIOS settings, right?

  156. Nick says:

    Thanks for your quick response.

    Yes, default BIOS settings loaded to no effect. My reason for suspecting the cable was that at least one of the wires going into the motherboard connector felt like it might be broken. Thought perhaps that if not all wires were connecting properly, might make a difference as to how the video card saw the panel. Didn’t realize the LCD panel had a controller board.

    With current laptop prices getting so low, replacing the LCD may be more than the owner wants to spend.

  157. Harish says:

    does anyone know if the toshiba L655-s5078 can take a discrete graphics card?

  158. Repair Man says:

    Harish,

    does anyone know if the toshiba L655-s5078 can take a discrete graphics card?

    Nope, looks like the graphics card integrated into the motherboard.

  159. Russ says:

    Simple additional tip that you might want to add: Sometimes simply shutting a PC (laptop or not) down, removing power sources (including AC adapters and batteries) for a minute or so, then reconnecting and restarting will resolve screen garbling issues. Also works if a NIC is showing a link status, but passing no traffic.

  160. Taylor says:

    do you know if an asus k50 laptop has a removable graphics card, so you can update it? or is it built in like the one shown above

  161. Repair Man says:

    Taylor,

    do you know if an asus k50 laptop has a removable graphics card, so you can update it? or is it built in like the one shown above

    I believe your Asus K50 notebook has Intel GMA 4500M which is integrated into the motherboard.
    The graphics card cannot be removed or upgraded.

  162. Ryan says:

    Lenovo Ideapad Y510 with nvidia 8600m GT dedicated 256MB graphics card. Without giving any prior problems, last week my display totally stopped working (completely blank). the laptop starts and even loads windows (you can hear the windows startup sound). Tried connecting it to an external monitor but that remains totally blank as well so i guess the problem is with the nvidia 8600m GT graphics card. I would really appreciate if you let me know whether this card is replaceable and if so, where can i order one from? and what other details about the card should i add or be concerned with? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks

  163. Ryan says:

    hey repair man… still waiting for your suggestion.. help me out man.. thanks

  164. Repair Man says:

    Ryan,

    Lenovo Ideapad Y510 with nvidia 8600m GT dedicated 256MB graphics card.

    Are you sure this laptop has dedicated graphics card? Maybe it’s just dedicated video memory but the graphics card itself integrated into the motherboard. I tried searching Lenovo website but unfortunatelly they don’t provide lots of information about this model.

    Without giving any prior problems, last week my display totally stopped working (completely blank). the laptop starts and even loads windows (you can hear the windows startup sound). Tried connecting it to an external monitor but that remains totally blank as well so i guess the problem is with the nvidia 8600m GT graphics card.

    Sometimes it’s necessary to unplug the LCD cable from the motherboard in order to get output to the external monitor. Can you get access the video cable connection on the motherboard? Test laptop with an external monitor when the video cable unplugged.
    If external monitor works fine, it’s likely your graphics card works properly.

    Do you know if you have a LED backlight screen installed in your laptop? It cold be just faulty screen.
    Again, disconnect the video cable from the motherboard and test with an external monitor first.

  165. Caleddin says:

    Howdy,

    I’ve had a similar situation to Ryan but have only now been able to try and deal with it. I have a Toshiba satellite, A200 series. My fan got clogged with dirt/dust while a friend was using my laptop. I unclogged it and the random restarts that overheating was causing stopped right away (of course.)

    Then a few weeks later the screen went completely black. The startup noises are the same (except one single beep when it first starts up) and I can use my fingerprint login to get it to make the normal windows noises and log in, but nothing shows up at all. Even when plugged into another monitor, the computer does nothing.

    I figured it was the discrete graphics card, which I knew was in there as I ordered it with one. I took the computer apart and took out the graphics card hoping that the motherboard might have an integrated card as well, but after putting the laptop back together it behaves exactly the same as when the card was in there (so at least I haven’t bricked the laptop yet.)

    Would you suggest I also disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard, re-install the graphics card and try a separate monitor? I’ve been trying to find if I can just order another discrete graphics card but it’s been a maze of random websites so far, with no luck and little encouragement.

    Thanks for any help you can give me about this. It’s frustrating to think I might lose an entire laptop for the failure of one small (but integral) piece of hardware.

  166. Khan says:

    Hi,
    I have Toshiba Qosmio x300 system boots but no screen,I tried to connect to external monitor and used Fn + F5 keys and also other combination to get screen,it didn’t work. well i took to a Toshiba service center for test and free estimate,they said it could be motherboard or GPU (graphic card)and repair will be costly.since GPU is plug in module, I can try to change the GPU but its original is very expensive. Is there other way like using compatible GPU and if yes then how can i find the compatible GPU. Please advise me.
    Thanks
    Khan

  167. Repair Man says:

    Khan,

    I have Toshiba Qosmio x300 system boots but no screen,I tried to connect to external monitor and used Fn + F5 keys and also other combination to get screen,it didn’t work. well i took to a Toshiba service center for test and free estimate,they said it could be motherboard or GPU (graphic card)and repair will be costly.since GPU is plug in module, I can try to change the GPU but its original is very expensive. Is there other way like using compatible GPU and if yes then how can i find the compatible GPU. Please advise me.

    Unfortunately, Toshiba (as most other laptop makers) user preparatory hardware.
    You’ll have to find an exact replacement video card and these cards are not cheap.

  168. Repair Man says:

    Caleddin,

    Would you suggest I also disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard, re-install the graphics card and try a separate monitor? I’ve been trying to find if I can just order another discrete graphics card but it’s been a maze of random websites so far, with no luck and little encouragement.

    First, disconnect the video cable from the video card and test laptop with an external monitor. Can you get image on the external monitor when video cable unplugged?

  169. Kamal says:

    I have same problem. My toshiba tecra m4 is suffring from same problem. from last 2 to 5 days ago when i start laptop, then on boot screen show special character and black red green type screen. i go to toshiba service center they said that this is solved if they replace motherboard. but that is very costly. is there any alternate. please suggest me.

  170. Repair Man says:

    Kamal,

    I have same problem. My toshiba tecra m4 is suffring from same problem. from last 2 to 5 days ago when i start laptop, then on boot screen show special character and black red green type screen. i go to toshiba service center they said that this is solved if they replace motherboard. but that is very costly. is there any alternate.

    Most likely this is graphics card failure and there is no alternative besides replacing the whole motherboard.
    The graphics card integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed/replaced separately.

  171. Boozer says:

    Toshiba Satelite P105-S9337 /

    Hello, i have a video problem also. The problem was the video from boot up would be in 4bit mode very large of upper left corner of windows and boot screen. So i took apart and replaced thermal paste on all chipsets. Now after putting back together I notice thati dont have any backlight / desktop is fine./ No light from bootup / Tried other lcd panel and inverter i know is good. Im looking for the LID CLOSE SWITCH that i have read is magnetic, but unable to find anywhere on laptop. I have dissassembled the laptop 5 times looking for something, but no luck.

    Please Help

  172. Bryan says:

    Is it possible to have motherboard problem in a laptop if it works fine in safe mode? Only that in normal mode problems appear like garbled images and it keeps on restarting on its own?

    Thanks in advance.

  173. Repair Man says:

    Boozer,

    Im looking for the LID CLOSE SWITCH that i have read is magnetic, but unable to find anywhere on laptop. I have dissassembled the laptop 5 times looking for something, but no luck.

    If you have a magnetic lid close switch, there should be a small magnet somewhere inside the display panel.
    Take a small screwdriver and move it slowly alone the side of the screen. The screwdriver will stick to the bezel where the magnet is located. Now you can close the display and the magnet will show locating of the switch under the top cover.

    Now after putting back together I notice thati dont have any backlight / desktop is fine./ No light from bootup / Tried other lcd panel and inverter i know is good.

    Make sure all cables seated correctly. Did you disconnect LCD cable from the motherboard? Take a look inside the connector and find out if you damaged pins inside.

  174. Repair Man says:

    Bryan,

    Is it possible to have motherboard problem in a laptop if it works fine in safe mode? Only that in normal mode problems appear like garbled images and it keeps on restarting on its own?

    Yes, it’s possible you have a problem with the graphics card. I’ve seen failures like that before.
    Here’s what you can try to make sure it’s not software related problem. Boot laptop in safe mode and uninstall display driver in the device manager. Restart the laptop and let it redetect the graphics card and install the driver again.

  175. Grant says:

    my lap top screen has this annoying flicker ive had the screen changed and its still flickering but when i tap the back of the screen panel at the bottom of the screen it stops what can be the cause of this ?

  176. Repair Man says:

    Grant,

    my lap top screen has this annoying flicker ive had the screen changed and its still flickering but when i tap the back of the screen panel at the bottom of the screen it stops what can be the cause of this ?

    What is your laptop model?
    This could be bad connection between the video cable and inverter or bad video cable.

  177. nataraj says:

    Hi I have tecra s2 laptop i want to change video card this card get supertly in the market

  178. Campbell says:

    Just wondering if you knew where you could buy a discrete graphics card. I have a Dell Precision M90 Workstation with a Nvidia Quadro fx 1500m. I’ve looked around and find used ones for $200 to $300. I don’t know if it’s even possible to purchase one.

  179. Tony says:

    Hey Repair Man
    Your guide helped tons, I have a Toshiba x205-sli5 with a NVIDIA SLI Dual GeForce 8600M GT. Recently my computer stopped starting up( blank screen, whirl of fans briefly then everything stops, the computer gives 3beeps, one soft then 2 loud beeps). I have put a bit of research into this and figured it to be a faulty graphics card. My plan was to take the faulty one out and just use the second, being that it is a dual card, but now that I am inside I cant distinguish between the two. Can you give me any suggestions on how to remove just a single card, or if they are a single piece where I can go to buy a replacement. I cant find the same type of card online and I don’t know what kind of cards would be compatable.

    Any help would be so much appreciated.

  180. Tony says:

    I figured out which card was which, but the way they are placed, it is impossible to take out the 1st card. So my question now is, if you know of any replacment cards?

  181. Repair Man says:

    Campbell,

    Just wondering if you knew where you could buy a discrete graphics card. I have a Dell Precision M90 Workstation with a Nvidia Quadro fx 1500m. I’ve looked around and find used ones for $200 to $300.

    Discrete video cards for laptops are not cheap.
    Try eBay. Try searching by the video card part number.

  182. Repair Man says:

    Tony,

    My plan was to take the faulty one out and just use the second, being that it is a dual card, but now that I am inside I cant distinguish between the two. Can you give me any suggestions on how to remove just a single card, or if they are a single piece where I can go to buy a replacement.

    These are two different cards and they are sandwiched together.
    Unfortunately, I don’t think that you can remove one of the cards and run the laptop with only one card. I believe both cards must be installed into the laptop.
    I’ve seen a few Toshiba Satellite X205 laptops with failed video cards and from my experience it was always the first card, which is located closer to the motherboard. Your case could be different though.

  183. Repair Man says:

    Tony,

    I figured out which card was which, but the way they are placed, it is impossible to take out the 1st card. So my question now is, if you know of any replacment cards?

    No, it’s not impossible. You just remove the second card first, disconnect cable from the first card. And after that remove the first card.
    These cards are not cheap.
    If you purchased your Satellite laptop in the USA, you can provide the laptop part number from the sticker on the bottom and I’ll look up video card part numbers.
    After that you should be able to search for new replacement cards by the part number.

  184. Population says:

    I have a problem with my toshiba tecra s2. When i turn it on nothing appears on the screen unless i press on the video card or vga. And even then only vertical lines will appear on the screen. So i connected it with an external monitor and again nothing appears unless i press the video card or vga. But this time the the BIOS screen appears perfectly with no vertical lines. However, it ends there nothing happens unless i press the vga again and when i do i get some error messages. I connected it with a brand new laptop screen and it gave me the same vertical lines no BIOS screen. I had to press again before i even get the lines. I dont know what the problem is. I need some help Yesterday, 11:34 AM

  185. Campbell says:

    I have a Dell m90 and i get vertical lines while it’s booting up. I’m pretty sure this means my video card on my Laptop has crapped out but in Safe mode and VGA mode it still works fine other than the resolution is huge or the background is discolored. I could see if everything was effected but it’s not. I can use a web browser and no graphic abnormalities. Viewing pictures or videos is fine. Any thoughts on why it will work in those 2 modes but not in regular and not effect anything other than a black background?

  186. Thomas R says:

    I have an Geoforce NVIDIA G160 graphics card or something like that. And it is failing. I need to get a new one. Please tell me where I can get one.

  187. Genrev says:

    i have a NEO laptop and i dont know if it has any video card,and how would i know if it has video card

  188. Siegfred Ubalde says:

    hello repairman,
    When i turn on my acer aspire4520g it wont boot, the hardisk and cdrom will run but it wont boot and nothing appears. is it possible the vgacard defective or the memory?

    thanks

  189. celal boz says:

    I have a Sony VAIO VGN-AR605E XP laptop with a failed GPU, it will still show good video but , redraws are slow, can I buy an external vga card for it? does it exist?
    thanKS

  190. Repair Man says:

    celal boz,

    I have a Sony VAIO VGN-AR605E XP laptop with a failed GPU, it will still show good video but , redraws are slow, can I buy an external vga card for it? does it exist?

    I found some USB to DVI External video cards on the internet but I’ve never tried something like that before.

  191. Repair Man says:

    Siegfred Ubalde,

    When i turn on my acer aspire4520g it wont boot, the hardisk and cdrom will run but it wont boot and nothing appears. is it possible the vgacard defective or the memory?

    It’s hard to tell what’s going on without testing the laptop.
    Can you get any image on the external monitor? If not, first thing to check will be memory.
    One of the memory modules could be bad.
    Try removing memory modules one by one. Test the laptop with each memory module separately. It’s possible the laptop will start properly when you remove the failed memory module.

  192. Repair Man says:

    Genrev,

    i have a NEO laptop and i dont know if it has any video card,and how would i know if it has video card

    Find the laptop model number and search on the Internet for laptop specifications.
    If it says integrated video, it means the video card integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed.

  193. Repair Man says:

    Thomas R,

    I have an Geoforce NVIDIA G160 graphics card or something like that. And it is failing. I need to get a new one. Please tell me where I can get one.

    Is it a discrete video card and not built-in video card?
    If the video card built into the motherboard, it cannot be removed and replaced. The whole motherboard has to be replaced.

  194. www.lynch.ie says:

    Great post. Some times you may get similar problems from faulty cables between the screen and motherboard or other issues such as earthing problems. mainly its the GPU in the board tho, HP have such a bad problem with this. We have repaired soo many HP laptops with this issue

  195. bretttttttttttt says:

    plz help when i turn on my laptop tons of vertical white lines come on i see nothing i heard the starting noise so i pressed enter and entered my password and press enter then i heard my login sound and the white lines have not change and they still there and i plugged in my moniter ad then i see everything on moniter no white lines no nothing expect my stuff like normal i tak the moniter out and white lines on my laptop put back in normal so this is how i am able to post this and that is my current state plz help O;

  196. tenrai says:

    hello…

    I have a dell vostro 1000, bought it 2008 sep, its power cuts off randomly. This problem has manifasted only recently. Now the laptop wont even power up, power led comes on along with wifi led for 2 secs and then turns back off. Earlier still, windows would report ati driver failed, recovered successfully. At time screen would flicker and show faint diagnol lines scrolling on white background. Can you advice on what might the problem?

    I dissesembled the laptop took out all drives and add on cards it still wouldn’t turn on. If i keep pressing the power buttom it will sometimes power on and boot to windows but after a few minuts cut off again. I am guessing either the inverter or mainboard is causing the problem…

    Regards

  197. Eddie says:

    my video card has crashed on my toshiba satellite X205-SLi1 do u know where i can get another one it’s a pci express x16 nvidia

  198. Ray says:

    Hello – Very pleased that I’ve found your site – very good info.

    I recently had problems with my video card (Dell M70 w Nvidia Quadro FX GO 1400) as shown in the ‘Typical video card failure’ images. The first sign of trouble was a single vertical yellow line (1 pixel wide) that appeared during boot up then disappeared. Within a few days, I had major problems as shown in your typical card failure images – and worse. Running Dell diagnostics on the video indicated memory read-write errors. When I disabled the card, the computer would run using VgaSave adapter, but display was still a little flaky. After replacing the Nvidia Quadro 1400 card, everything was fine except their was a single vertical blue line (1 pixel wide) appearing close to the yellow line, but it was there all the time. (Yellow line would come and go as before.)

    After two weeks of working well-except for blue line-the new video card appears to have failed in the same way (Dx = memory r/w errors).

    I am anticipating needing to replace both the motherboard and the graphics card (again). Is this your suggestion as well?

  199. nipun says:

    toshiba m200 haging problem

  200. Ramanovsky says:

    I have a problem with my satellite P-100 (195).
    Discrete graphics card geforce 7900gs.
    The external outputs are fine (digital and analog), i can run games without no problems at all.
    the internal display don´t show anything , and the computer boots normaly without any image .
    I try almost everything (exchange the inverter from another p100,the video cable and the lcd, tried remove the memories one by one, checked the swich panel).I oppened the laptop 3 times to recheeck connections and it still the same odd situation.
    Any ideias ? thanks in advance.

  201. Repair Man says:

    @ Ramanovsky,

    I have a problem with my satellite P-100 (195).
    Discrete graphics card geforce 7900gs.
    The external outputs are fine (digital and analog), i can run games without no problems at all.
    the internal display don´t show anything , and the computer boots normaly without any image .
    I try almost everything (exchange the inverter from another p100,the video cable and the lcd, tried remove the memories one by one, checked the swich panel).I oppened the laptop 3 times to recheeck connections and it still the same odd situation.
    Any ideias ?

    Could be a problem with video connector on the motherboard.
    Even though this laptop has a discrete video card, the video cable plugged directly into the motherboard, correct? I think there could be a problem somewhere on the motherboard.

  202. Repair Man says:

    @ nipun,

    toshiba m200 haging problem

    Nice problem description. :)

  203. Chrissy says:

    Hiya.
    The screen on my Asus G1 laptop is broken or not working..only show a backlighted blank screen, this is from start up.
    I want to use my little hp lcd (used on desktop pc) for the laptop but when I connect them together, the laptop screen still is blank and the lcd screen shows message

    Reboot and Select proper boot device or select boot media in selected drive and press key.

    i have no idea what that means or what the problem would be.
    Any ideas?? Lol all I want to do is hopefully still use the laptop but view through lcd.

    Thank you

  204. Repair Man says:

    @ Chrissy,

    The screen on my Asus G1 laptop is broken or not working..only show a backlighted blank screen, this is from start up.
    I want to use my little hp lcd (used on desktop pc) for the laptop but when I connect them together, the laptop screen still is blank and the lcd screen shows message

    Reboot and Select proper boot device or select boot media in selected drive and press key.

    i have no idea what that means or what the problem would be.

    It looks like the laptop doesn’t see the hard drive or OS. It’s possible the laptop doesn’t start because of the hard drive failure.
    Here’s something to try.
    Remove the hard drive. Hopefully it’s accessible through the bottom door.
    Now try starting the laptop. Can you get Asus logo on the screen when the hard drive removed?

  205. Farhan kabir says:

    can i install or add a graphics card on my laptop toshiba C650 PSC08A-03R01F

  206. Repair Man says:

    @ Farhan kabir,

    can i install or add a graphics card on my laptop toshiba C650 PSC08A-03R01F

    I don’t think so. This is a budget laptop with integrated graphics – the video card integrated into the motherboard.
    The graphics card cannot be removed, replaced or upgraded.

  207. Fraola says:

    Tengo un Toshiba Satellite Pro M30 y falla la gráfica nvidia G-force FX. ¿Se puede sustituir? y ¿Dónde está?

  208. Repair Man says:

    @ Fraola,

    Tengo un Toshiba Satellite Pro M30 y falla la gráfica nvidia G-force FX. ¿Se puede sustituir? y ¿Dónde está?

    I believe Toshiba Satellite Pro M30 is the same as Toshiba Satellite m30 laptop.
    I can show how to disassemble the laptop but unfortunately you cannot replace the video card. It’s built into the motherboard.

  209. Suman Bhoopathi says:

    Hi,

    In my HP Laptop (bought an year ago, Core i5 with 4GB Ram, 500 GB hard disk, 1 GB NVIDA Graphics card), a message dispaying that “Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems (code 43)”. The Graphics card is not functioning. How to resolve this error?

    Can anybody help me?

    Thanks.

  210. Nigel Smith says:

    Hi

    I have an Acer Aspire 9423WSMi laptop with 160GB HD and 2 GB of memory running Vista Home Premium. I have had it for 4 years without any problems so I suppose that I have done well after reading the reports on here.

    About a month ago I had problems with the display and soon tracked it down to a faulty LCD and I obtained a replacement, installed it and it was fine.

    A few days ago, it would not start up correctly. The display just showed coloured vertical lines. I re-booted and it stated OK. The following morning again it would not start but the display was black except for the dim backlight. I attached it to my TV and again all that was visible were coloured vertical lines and rolling patterns and the bottom line showing the screen resolution and refresh rate.
    The laptop display was black with no backlight which still comes on only when the external monitor is disconnected.

    On attempted start-up the HD LED flashes and flickers and the DVD LED also briefly flashes. You can hear the access of the HD but the fan at the right side does not operate and it did. The Wifi LED lights up fairly quickly. The laptop does not go into POST and non of the keys enable you to get into the BIOS.

    As suggested on here, I have this-connected the memory modules, hard drive and tried to perform a hard re-set (press power button for 1 min). Natually, I have tried with and without battery and mains adapter and also tried my adapter from this Acer 5750.

    I just can’t think of anything else. I don’t have my original factory default disks here as I live in Spain and I am in Leeds UK at my house, at present. I also have a USB to hard drive adapter cable in Spain and I could try to access the DH. I am not going back for a couple of months yet. I really need to get to my letters and SS on my older acer. Of course, it backs up the d drive partition which is of no use. In Spain, I did a full image to my external 1.5 TB HD before I left, so all is not lost when I return.
    I really would like to get this laptop going.

    Do you know if the video card is integrated?

    Thanks
    Nigel

  211. john says:

    i have a dual core 1.76Ghz laptop 512MB of Video card…. its possible to upgrade from 512MB to 1GB?tnkz..

  212. john says:

    i have a dual core 1.76Ghz NEO laptop 512MB of Video card…. its possible to upgrade from 512MB to 1GB?tnkz..

  213. alchybear says:

    damn i just got a new graphics card new from ebay still wrapped as new that is and when i used my new nvidia md2gd3 2gb video card it started that after 2 hours of using it and has permanently stuck with that screen of video failure. exactly like that qosmio red screen up there. i needed to find somthing to make sure this is a hardware failure as i have now tried it on two seperate pc’s and it does that.

  214. Alan says:

    For me the laptop has these distorted images but on external monitor it is all good.

    I thought it might be the laptop LCD but when it was replaced, same issue….. which i concluded was not a LCD problem.

    But if the VGA is faulty and display distorted images on the screen, then how can it display on external monitor?

    thanks

  215. razyn says:

    Hi,
    I just want to know know that is graphic card can be changeable ,

    My laptop is not working that is compaq cq40
    So can I change my graphic card … rply asap

  216. razyn says:

    One of computer repairer tild
    Yes it can be changeable and its costing about 3k…

  217. Amiruddin says:

    Which graphics card is better NVIDIA or RADEON? also I have 2 gpu in mind Radeon 8670m and Nvidia geforce gt 740m which one should i buy for gaming purpose for my laptop?

  218. Adrian Persichino says:

    Hi good day, I’m writing because I have an issue with my HP pavilion g6 laptop.

    I know a little bit of these things, so I tried possible software and a little bit of hardware solutions, but nothing happened.
    so, my laptop has an overheating problem, in which arrived at a certain temperature it will start an emergency shut down.
    recently it happened to me (again), and I left it to cool a little.. after a while I turned it on again and everything worked just fine until a couple of hours later when the computer started to run slow, so I reboot the system, but at that point there were no video showing at the screen (not even the BIOS part), I took unplugged and replugged the RAM memory and it worked again, but when I rebooted the system once more I had the same problem all over again. I tried last step (with no success), I plugged an external screen to the laptop and it work just fine, at that point I discarded the GPU fried possibility, then I tried to uninstall and reinstall all video drivers with no change.
    I even tried to detect my monitor with the window tool for that, and it only detected the external one.
    at that point I started thinking that it was a cable connection from the screen to the motherboard malfunction, but I can’t be certain.
    I friend told me that it was the gpu and that I had to do a rebaling (reflow procedure), but if it was the GPU I couldn’t see any image connecting it to an external screen. so, what should I do?

    thanks!

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