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Samsung X15 plus laptop - Graphics card probs?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kev.b, Apr 17, 2007.

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  1. kev.b

    kev.b Thread Starter

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    Hi there,
    I would be extremely grateful if anyone familiar with the Samsung X15 plus model knows the type of graphics card that is in this laptop. i.e. is it a built in job (integrated) and part of the motherboard or is it one that is replaceable (Discrete).

    I think it has a intel 855gm chipset (which i thought has built in graphics - the extreme one). But i am also pretty sure that it has the Nvidia 64mb GeForce FX Go 5200 card.

    I ask because i recently aquired this laptop from my uncle and he said that he was using it one day and the machine just cut out. When he rebooted it the laptop had thick, flashing black vertical lines on it. You can see the windows log on page and desktop behind them. He took it to a shop and they did not look at it but suggested it could be graphics card.

    It has been connected to an external crt monitor and it still has the same problem. I am going to have a go at removing/reinstalling chipset and graphics driver but just wondered if anyone knew the graphic card situation.

    Also if it does turn out to be the graphics card that is buggered and its integrated, i wondered what my options can be. Try and get a new motherboard? Anyone know rough price?. Laptop is about 18months old and so i would like to keep and use it.

    Many thanks. Kevin
     
  2. kev.b

    kev.b Thread Starter

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    Hi, i have taken 3 pics of the problem (not good quality though-with mobile). Just to give you an idea of the nightmare problem (just click the links below):
    1. Pic 1 = This shows the start up screen:
    http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m308/048957/samsung_screenpic1.jpg

    2. Pic 2 = This shows the welcome screen:
    http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m308/048957/samsung_screenpic2.jpg

    3. Pic 3= This shows the desktop:
    http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m308/048957/samsung_screenpic3.jpg

    As you can see from the pics, there are thick vertical lines throughout, from start up until desktop. They flash as well which is quite irritating and even more so when you move the pointer.

    So, anyway, i would be grateful if anyone could tell me if they think it is the graphics card that is not working and whether the Samsung X15 plus has an integrated or seperate graphics card (if this is the problem). If integrated then what are my options? and if seperate, can i simply get hold of another one and replace it.

    If no one can get back to me, or knows then i may try another forum and if i get a response i'l post it on here.
    Many thanks. Kevin
     
  3. kev.b

    kev.b Thread Starter

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    In case anyone is interested, the Samsung X15 plus does have a intergrated graphics card. heres a pic of it on the motherboard:
    [​IMG]

    I guess it means replace motherboard or new laptop. Hope this helps anyone in same situation.

    Kevin
     
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