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# 40302 28-Aug-2009 14:16
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hi im trying to fix a hp laptop for my boss at work but I have run into some problems. 


when he gave it to me he said that it wasnt doing what its ment to do. so i brought it home and started it up and it seamed to be running fine. 


I tried running a basic game of solitare and it would freeze every now and again but always came right. after about half an hour it suddenley spilt the screen. there is now 6 copies of the desktop on the one screen. 






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now this does not happen every time the laptop is turned on but it does seam to be a constant thing if the laptop gets hot. 


also it is not a windows thing as it occurs during boot up and even in the bios screen


can anyone tell me what is occuring here. is it a cracked graphics card/motherboard.




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  # 251312 28-Aug-2009 14:20
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If it only happens when it gets hot, and always happens, I'd say there might be a fried IC or perhaps a bad joint somewhere.

In all likelihood its a major, and unless the laptop is under warranty, it is probably not worth pursuing further, unless you can get a whole new board cheap (unlikely).

I would nake sure all the fans are operating, and that the vents and heatsinks (and indeed the entire inside of the lappy) are not coated/blocked/caked with dust/jam/play-doh/etc.









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  # 251329 28-Aug-2009 14:53
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ok pulled it apart and it looks like the cpu fan is stuffed. so ill tell him he needs a replacement for it. should be able to get one through work so thats not going to be to bad.

also i laughed at play-doh but when i pulled the back cover off i found a strange orange gunk though alot of it that i have no idea what its from????

thanks for the help

 
 
 
 


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  # 251357 28-Aug-2009 15:57
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Have pulled many PCs and laptops apart in my time, and you find allsorts.

Thats a whole different thread, and lots of stories from lots of people I'd say!

Glad you found the problem quickly.

Overheated circuits and chips become unstable very quickly!







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