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My 10 year old compaq laptop went blank all of sudden while I was working on it. Now it just blinks keyboard, wifi light once and nothing happens. I have already opened up and closed but no luck. Not sure if graphic or screen is the problem. Any thoughts? Please help🙏

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billubakra wrote:

Model number? I think display went kaput.
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cq42… Pentium Dual Core… Originally came with 40GB HDD & 1GB RAM… Currently running 8GB RAM, 128 SSD&1TB HDDtoungueout
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Because of last Win 10 update it was heating a lot and I had cleaned fan applied heating paste 15days back… sad

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Are fans running ? Can you feel heat coming out from vents ? If not then CPU has shut down due to overheating. Culprit may be poor heat dissipation due to thermal paste wrongly applied.

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You need to troubleshoot little logically, like connecting an external display to see if the screen is not responding. If your laptop gives out any error codes via LED blinks/ beeps, you should try to understand them. Google/Youtube should help you with more information on the debugging.

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Remove the ram/s & insert it/them again after cleaning the ram contact points…For multiple ram modules, insert one module at a time to check if the system is booting or not…Also clean the CPU & “repaste”, if removing the ram modules don’t work…

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andromeda wrote:

You need to troubleshoot little logically, like connecting an external display to see if the screen is not responding. If your laptop gives out any error codes via LED blinks/ beeps, you should try to understand them. Google/Youtube should help you with more information on the debugging.

Sure will do this… Thanks

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Sushrut.B wrote:

Remove the ram/s & insert it/them again after cleaning the ram contact points…For multiple ram modules, insert one module at a time to check if the system is booting or not…Also “repaste” it if removing the ram modules don’t work…

Done already…. No response only power button, wifi etc blink once… fan also revolves… sad

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Subko gana sunatey rehetey ho…aj tm ek gana asuno..

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what else do u expect from a 10 year old laptop? rolleyes

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shaktimon wrote:

what else do u expect from a 10 year old laptop? rolleyes

You should ask my ask my 14 year old laptop which is doing perfectly fine, although it is barely used in the recent past

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vijkap201 wrote:

Done already…. No response only power button, wifi etc blink once… fan also revolves… sad

1) If the new ram/s don’t work, insert your old ram & remove the other rams from the laptop…

2) After hitting the power button, press the num lock/caps lock keys & see if the lights are getting turned on or not…

3) If the lights are NOT getting turned on, your system is not booting…

4) If the lights are getting turned on, your system is booting but no display because of screen or inbuilt GPU went kapoot…

First check between 3 & 4…

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Use an external display to see if at least bios screen comes up, if not then do the usual suggestion given above. If it is a mobo/graphics chips failure then you will have to get it repaired by spending at least 2-3k but once repair is done consider this laptop in its last days as such repaired old laptops rarely last more than 1 year or so.

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did you try holding power button for 30 seconds
remove battery and insert back
Clean RAM and switch if you have 2 slots.

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teriab33 wrote:

Bye Bye Graphics card !

With Graphics card gone… any luck getting it fixed… sad

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vijkap201 wrote:

With Graphics card gone… any luck getting it fixed… sad

Not worth the repair/fix for a 10 year old laptop. You may try for complete mother board replacement with a non graphics type if you get one.

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andromeda wrote:

Not worth the repair/fix for a 10 year old laptop. You may try for complete mother board replacement with a non graphics type if you get one.

Thanks bro…. Will try few attempts/tricks but seems it has past its days… sad

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vijkap201 wrote:

With Graphics card gone… any luck getting it fixed… sad

Graphics chip re-balling is what needs to be done, the excessive heat you mentioned has dislodged the solder joints between the chip and the motherboard. If it was me, I will buy some of the low end 20k~ models currently available on FK. Should give the same or slightly better performance as this 10 year old laptop.

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Sushrut.B wrote:

1) If the new ram/s don’t work, insert your old ram & remove the other rams from the laptop…

2) After hitting the power button, press the num lock/caps lock keys & see if the lights are getting turned on or not…

3) If the lights are NOT getting turned on, your system is not booting…

4) If the lights are getting turned on, your system is booting but no display because of screen or inbuilt GPU went kapoot…

First check between 3 & 4…

@vijkap201 ,

If the num lock & caps lock buttons are working (LEDs are coming on), grab an old CRT/LED monitor with VGA/DVI port & connect your laptop with the VGA cable…You can easily get a monitor from any of your friends/relatives who have a desktop…

If the monitor has a VGA port, you can directly connect the monitor to your laptop using the VGA port…The 15 pin VGA port will look like this & it can be found either at the back side or at either of the sides of the laptop…

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/658386/medium/7286861jz2oiUw.jpg?1609865945

If the monitor has a DVI/HDMI port, then you can get a DVI-VGA or HDMI-VGA Adapter to connect the monitor to your laptop…You can get these in a good computer hardware shop…

If there is no display on the monitor also, then the inbuilt GPU is gone & I won’t personally suggest repairing the GPU/Mobo, as the longibility of that repair will be questionable plus the spare parts may also not be available that easily…

If you can see the display on the monitor, then you can try to take the lappy to a service center to get the display repaired/replaced but then again, if the repair/replacement charge is very high, there is no use of going for it unless the service center gives atleast some months of repair warranty…

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teriab33 wrote:

Graphics chip re-balling is what needs to be done, the excessive heat you mentioned has dislodged the solder joints between the chip and the motherboard. If it was me, I will buy some of the low end 20k~ models currently available on FK. Should give the same or slightly better performance as this 10 year old laptop.

That’s what I have suspected… Need to buy a new lappy… sad

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Sushrut.B wrote:

@vijkap201 ,

If the num lock & caps lock buttons are working (LEDs are coming on), grab an old CRT/LED monitor with VGA/DVI port & connect your laptop with the VGA cable…You can easily get a monitor from any of your friends/relatives who have a desktop…

If the monitor has a VGA port, you can directly connect the monitor to your laptop using the VGA port…The 15 pin VGA port will look like this & it can be found either at the back side or at either of the sides of the laptop…

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/658386/medium/7286861jz2oiUw.jpg?1609865945

If the monitor has a DVI/HDMI port, then you can get a DVI-VGA or HDMI-VGA Adapter to connect the monitor to your laptop…You can get these in a good computer hardware shop…

If there is no display on the monitor also, then the inbuilt GPU is gone & I won’t personally suggest repairing the GPU/Mobo, as the longibility of that repair will be questionable plus the spare parts may also not be available that easily…

If you can see the display on the monitor, then you can try to take the lappy to a service center to get the display repaired/replaced but then again, if the repair/replacement charge is very high, there is no use of going for it unless the service center gives atleast some months of repair warranty…

Sure will try that before calling it dead… sad

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vijkap201 wrote:

That’s what I have suspected… Need to buy a new lappy… sad

Even my mobile which I have been using for nearly 2 years, which was otherwise good gone dead few days back. Took this as an opportunity to buy a new one.

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