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Laptop Video Card Replacement

by goldencat25 / January 28, 2009 5:31 AM PST

I have a mt3422 Gateway laptop and when booted it has a black screen, I have tried removing memory, hard drive, dvd drive, and cpu and rebooting with no change. I am thinking video card or mother board, doe anyone have any helpful hints for me. Thank you

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by Jimmy Greystone / January 28, 2009 8:41 AM PST

Most laptops do not have a video card in the same sense as a desktop computer. They have a couple of chips soldered directly to the motherboard.

If the system is under warranty, let it be Gateway's problem fixing it. If it's out of warranty you can scour ebay for someone parting out the same system and get the motherboard if you want, but be prepared for the possibility that it will just be easier and cheaper to get a new system.

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by Willy / January 28, 2009 9:06 AM PST

As the other poster mentioned, no real replaceable video option is present for most typical laptops. They are "build-in" and if that's the true cause, only a tech can fix. However, you should try attaching a monitor to your laptop and see if any video outputs. If yes, the laptop LCD is kaput or flaky. If you've noticed weak or sporadic LCD operation maybe a faulty LCD. If you have any warranty, use it. Another test is to use a "live Linux bootable CD". If it works when used, you have some windoze issue. Also, if you see some(any) display during the boot-up again a possible windoze issue. Can you see the bios display when hitting the bios entry key(s)?

tada -----Willy Happy

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