I apologize as I did not see a different area to post my question so I thought I would post it under the Windows it is running. I apologize in advance if I did it incorrectly and any input or direction would be greatly appreciated.
I am no computer geek but I am not a computer “virgin” either. However, I need the assistance of the veteran computer geeks. I have had my Aunts Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5983 for quite some time now and I have been meaning to write and find a place where I may be able to find some direction on how to proceed.
I have done extensive research at one time and found that Toshiba’s were known for “graphic chip issues”. Actually at the same time I got my aunt’s computer, my friends Toshiba had the exact same issue. Lights up but no graphic on laptop or external monitor.
The information I obtained at the time was that the GPU was soldered to the motherboard and I would have to replace the motherboard which was more expensive than buying another computer. So, I looked into the “reflow” process and decided I had nothing to lose so dismantled the one laptop to find that I couldn’t do the reflow because the GPU was locked in with a plastic lock. This is what brings me to my next dilemma and why my poor aunt has gone without her laptop for the past 8 months. I got so sick of trying to find the information that I just stuck it in a cupboard and went on with all my other demands in life.
However, I am going to make one more ditch effort to see if someone can help me out so I am keeping my fingers crossed. My question is this: if I can remove the GPU just like the CPU, can’t I just buy the GPU and replace it? Do I really need to buy a whole new motherboard if the GPU in NOT soldered to the MB? But, no matter what why I try to enter it in any search engine, I can’t seem to find one. So, I bestow the wisdom of anyone who can help me out here. Is it possible to just buy the GPU? If so, where do I go to buy it and how is it worded so I am sure I get the correct thing.
Again, I have tried everything else the poor laptop is just out of warrantee (of course) so any help that anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. I guess I just can’t understand if the GPU for these models are not soldered to the MB, why can’t we buy a new one and replace it? Who knows, maybe I am just going in the entire wrong direction but I can’t get any more frustrated than I have been so anyone that can shed any light on this matter….. I would be eternally grateful…. Thank you for listen to me ramble and in advance for any assistance.
Shari AKA “Totally Troubled with Toshiba!”