Originally Posted by Chrysamere
I've had this computer for a good three years and recently I was just using it like I always do talking to some friends on MSN and listening to youtube music, all of the sudden the screen turns into a weird beige and I couldn't do anything with it so I removed the battery.
Every time I try to power it on it keeps cycling on and off with 2 second intervals, the screen is not working at all and is just black. This problem happens with the charger cable and the battery.
I've opened up the entire laptop and dissembled everything to every part and resembled it carefully to make sure all the connections are in place, there is still the same problem with the power cycling. It does this with and without the hard drive in place, holding F10 also makes the lights keep on but still nothing on the screen.
Any one have any ideas on what I can do to fix this? or should I just buy a new laptop, thanks.
Depending whether you have AMD or Intel dv several things could have happened:
1) Intel units - most frequent problems are with video chips. North Bridge almost never goes out (never seen it tbh, and we repair 4-5 dv units a day).
2) AMD units - if integrated video card is used then North bridge went out; if separate video chip is installed then problem is either Video chip or North Bridge (North Bridge being the most common one with AMD configuarations).
Problem is totally fixable and takes a good tech with proper equipment under an hour (chip is removed from the motherboard and a new one is soldered in). Repair rates are around $160-220 for that kind of job. Makes more sense to repair it IMHO, since you won't pick up a decent computer for that kind of money. There is an option to sell it broken as well.
btw, 3 years is VERY good for dv series. Most go out within 12-16 months.