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Visual part of motherboard not working?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nekographic, Apr 27, 2015.

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  1. nekographic

    nekographic Thread Starter

    Apr 27, 2015
    Hello, last Saturday my laptop screen just stopped working so I took it to a local shop to be fixed thinking it was just the screen that died. Today though when my boyfriend called to ask about the laptop, they told him that it had been the visual part of my motherboard that had died and it'd cost anything between £250-£400 to replace the motherboard. Now, I'm not an expert but to me this just sounds like a scam to get me to buy a new laptop because I don't really believe that if a part of the motherboard dies on a laptop, the rest will still work but I could be wrong. I could use some help so what do you guys think?
  2. valis

    valis Moderator

    Sep 24, 2004
    well the motherboard is exactly that; the MOTHER board. If it goes, your pc will not work at all.
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    My guess is that the shop was referring to the video chip [which is part of the mb on just about ALL laptops]
    When you pw ON the laptop, do you see the screen light up at all ie any glow? Have you connected the laptop to an external monitor to check if it is in fact the screen? If not, do so.
  4. Wurms


    Apr 10, 2015
    There is a ribbon that connects the screen to the board. Very easy to get to and check your self, and reseat it. First, like crj said above, connect it to an external via one of your video ports (VGA, HDMI). If your screen dies, or ribbon pulled out, you will still get video on an external. If you're not getting video on an external, nor your laptop screen, it could very well be the motherboard. The entire board doesn't have to die. It's just a chip embedded onto the board, and it can get damaged.

    Motherboard replacement is costly, just because of the labor involved. The part may cost $80, but the labor is $300 because it takes like 2 hours to replace and test.
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