About to look at a computer for a friend. It's a Dell Inspiron m5010
She said nothing would display and it gave 7 beeps. Doing some quick searches I have found this to be a very common problem with that model. I HATE how there have been different brands and models with similar issues where it was quite common and the companies never take any responsibility for it. :/
Anyway... I told my friend that it may just need a new motherboard(so much easier to just swap things) but it might cost anywhere to $150. She said she'd be fine with that if that's what it takes.
While searching I found MANY discussions and youtube videos about using reflow on the gpu to fix this issue. I worked on another computer with a similar issue once and after watching directions about reflow, I was nervous and opted not to do it... not to mention, I just didn't have the tools. Ended up finding them another used laptop for $10 and it was a newer/better model so that worked out fine.
But here I am looking at this issue again and I'm debating giving it a try. I'm pretty good at figuring things out and following directions... So, I have a fair amount of confidence in myself.
I'm curios what others think... should I give it a try? I mean, it doesn't work as it is so the worst that can happen is it still wont work.
My other and bigger question is... how do you recommend doing it? Basically... in the videos I watched, some people used a heat gun(which I could probably pick up locally) and others simply put the motherboard in the oven and baked it. That method seems quite a bit more simple but, rather than watch a million more youtube videos to see what who knows who suggests, I thought I'd get some opinions here.