Thursday, February 11, 2010

Work Around - HP Notebook Nvidia soldering problem

After facing Nvidia soldering problem with my HP Notebook (Details Here), I find out couple of work arounds for the temp usage of notebook.

I am facing this isssue since 3 months and i will be discussing couple of workarounds here.

Repairing On your Own
I searched internet a lot related to this problem and find out that people are repairing NVidia GPU on their own with the use of easily available material. All you need is a hair-dryer, aluminum foil, cardboard, a towel, and a little bit of manual dexterity. One of the best explanation over the net i found, can be located here

Heat It Up
Second solution I found out, which is very temp and you need to perform this everytime you turn on your computer. Heat It Up not at all means that you put your notebook in microwave or heat it on a stove. Problem which we are facing is because of Excessive heat generated by NVidia GPU, If you dont know the exact root cause of the problem. Go through this TG Daily , Inquirer and Cnet links or google "HP + Nvidia Soldering Problem". Now this excessive heat generated can be used to fix the laptop as well. Below are the steps to be followed in this case
  • Turn on your notebook. Most probably the chances are it will show 6-8 screens. Keep pressing F8 and boot it in safe mode. so that you can get through POST and able to see the desktop.
  • Now block the air vent to block exhaust. Eventually the notebook will be heated up. Keep this way atleast for 30 minutes.
  • Now shutdown the notebook. Press the Area between Power button and Esc button.
  • Restart notebook, Most probably graphics will be just fine. If in case it shows multiple screen, Keep hitting the Esc button. It will surely fix the graphics.
This process works very fine for my DV2701TX notebook. Good luck for your notebook as well. Also let me tell you again, This is just a temporary one time fix. next time you gonna switch on your machine, no surety what kind of screen you going to get.

Disable NVidia Card
Third most succesfull and permamnent solution i found for my notebook is disabling the Nvidia card and using the default graphics.
  • Switch on your notebook in safe mode.
  • Go to Device Manager.
  • Disable Nvidia Graphics card.
  • Reboot your system.
It should work perfectly fine for everyone. Yes graphics will not be that good, but if you are not a game freak then it is manageable. It is manageable because spending $400 on repair is not affordable for everyone. And the repair which don't guarantee if it is gonna last more than 3-4 months.

Wish you all luck with these workarounds. Would love to hear your comments.



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