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Black screen of death?

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by RhodyRams, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    wifey's laptop now has a black screen..no display what so ever. I tried hooking it up to the HDTV with an HDMI cable but still nothing. I am thinking it might be the graphics card.

    Discuss?
     
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  2. Dagonet Grillin and Chillin

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    I've seen bad RAM cause a black screen. You can hear it boot and all? It's usually either video card or RAM. I've also had PC's power up and not boot with a black screen. The P4 line (4 pin 12V) was dead and needed a PS replacement. This is what powers the processor with a P4. Not sure what a laptop uses though?
     
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  3. El Juggernauto Your Best Friend

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    I've had the problem with computers I've had at work, I've fixed it by taking out the battery, nice and cheap, we have also had to replace the cable that connects the screen to the hard drive, replaced hard drives as well as graphic cards. So....good luck lol
     
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  4. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    Turn it on
     
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  5. Dagonet Grillin and Chillin

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    Cables on the laptops at work or PC's? Just curious is all.
     
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  6. flv 

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    I have a couple of laptops that do this. Hooking it up to the tv is a good move but you might have to change the computer settings to get a picture, (assuming it's the screen that the problem). In XP, (yes, i'm part of the 28% of computer users still using XP), it's start, control panel, display, settings, then changing 1 to 2. You might also have another component in control panel that will help. It will say something like 'Intel(R) GMA driver for Mobile'. Clicking on this control panel option can switch on a failing screen for short periods before it crashes again, (long enough to set up the tv link). I know it sounds stupid but it does actually work on both of my broken Packard Bells. If you have another computer you could try connecting them with the HDMI lead and seeing if you can get a picture on the problem computer with the good computer. Obviously if you have another working computer you can figure out which settings best transfer the computer to tv.
     
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  7. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    It's dead. It's almost as costly to get a new laptop than it is to get that one fixed.
     
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  8. Dagonet Grillin and Chillin

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    You don't live in my neck of the woods. :cool:
     
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  9. El Juggernauto Your Best Friend

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    It's a ribbon cable. All these are at work. We sell and warranty them
     
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  10. snackdaddy Well-Known Member

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    I did the same to a laptop of mine. Had a black screen I couldn't do anything with. A friend told me to take out the battery and it worked. Just needed to keep it plugged in from there on.
     
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  11. RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    took the battery out and tried the "hard reset" but no luck.

    Took the RAM cards out (1 at a time) and still no luck. Took the card out of my laptop and hers still didnt work, but her cards worked in mine.

    Blinking caps lock light code tells me it is CPU failure

    Apparently there is an issue with this model over heating causing the CPU to fry and HP is ignoring it
     
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  12. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    Like I said... ;)
     
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  13. RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    but if it is the CPU... thats replaceable isn't it.... just looked at a few different places and can get one for about $150

    and do I have to replace it with the same brand?
     
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  14. Mojo Ram On double secret probation

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    Again?
     
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  15. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    Where do you live? EDI in St Charles does good work and will help you trouble shoot.
     
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  16. CGI_Ram Hamburger Connoisseur

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    Oh, hell yeah... :LOL:
     
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  17. CGI_Ram Hamburger Connoisseur

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    How old?
     
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  18. RhodyRams Well-Known Member

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    it is almost exactly 3 years old...she bought it June 17th 2011
     
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  19. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    That's about the life span of computers nowadays. lol.

    But if you can buy a new CPU, and you know how to put it in without destroying anything else in there, then you might be okay.
     
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  20. CGI_Ram Hamburger Connoisseur

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    How do we know it's not a hard drive failure?

    In my experience, that's usually the most fragile part unless it's solid state.
     
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