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Replace motherboard or get new laptop?


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#1 trnochsr

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:03 AM

My laptop is almost 2 1/2 yrs old. About a year after I got it, the screen stopped working unless I plugged it into an external monitor 24/7. I went to geek squad (I know, they suck. don't comment on this, but my problem...) and they told me to reboot my pc. So I did a few weeks ago, and it worked for a couple days, but it started happening again. Right now, I have to plug it in when I start up the computer, only for a few seconds, but I don't exactly want to carry a monitor to college and through classes. I went back after i rebooted it, and the guy told me it was probably a hardware problem and that I should replace the motherboard (with the videocard attached of course) or buy a new computer. Any suggestions on what I should do?

**It is an HP Pavillion dv9700.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 12:27 AM

Do you mind posting exactly what model your computer is?

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:59 PM

brad its a HP Pavilion dv9700

As far as the problem at hand, by reboot, do you mean shut it down and restart, or totally reinstall the operating system?

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 04:46 PM

i totally reset the system, based on the discs that geeksquad sent with it. it worked perfectly when i got it, and again when i reset it, so it cant be software...i dont think...

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 11:53 PM

Well, I would try uninstalling and reinstalling the video drivers, but Im leaning towards hardware failure as well.

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Primary system: Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 945, Memory: 16 gigs of Patriot G2 DDR3 1600, Video: AMD Sapphire Nitro R9 380, Storage: 1 WD 500 gig HD, 1 Hitachi 500 gig HD, and Power supply: Coolermaster 750 watt, OS: Windows 10 64 bit. 

Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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