The best thing to do regarding laptops of to monitor temps regularly. Especially every time that you run a program that uses a lot of processing power, either via CPU or GPU to check the max temps. Laptops overheat more quickly than desktops and cannot dissipate heat as well. If you noticed prior to GPU problems that the temp was higher than normal, you should have tried to fix it, either by doing it yourself, or by having a professional do it for you.
Ignoring problems wont fix them.
Can you take a picture of your motherboard GPU slot, as well as the GPU itself?
Also, what make and model is your laptop?
Edit: many of the posts prior to mine were not showing up earlier, there was only 3 replies before me or so and my post was on page 1