Hi there wise ones. I,ve got an ASUS G73JH Laptop that freezes up to a black screen during 3D games. It doesn't do this during 2D stuff, browsing or productivity software. I'm assuming it's a graphics card problem. If this turns out to be the case I'll be buying a new card. The Mobility 5870 doesn't seem to be available. Does anyone have a suggestion for a replacement? It doesn't have to be the latest or greatest. Something a little slower might even run cooler which may help future problems as the current card always seemed to run pretty hot. I'm obviously not the most tech savy guy but I can probably pop in a new card.
BTW this laptop uses an MXM3b connector type for the GPU. It should accept a different GPU (equal or weaker in power), but I have not tried it. I also confirmed it is not soldered onto the MXM connector.
Thanks for all the replies. It's about 18 months old and I've never cleaned out the innards. I'll try some of the suggestions tomorrow and see where that gets me. I've got band practice soon or I'd try it tonight. I'd much rather bang on my Telecaster than this beast of a computer right now
Well I've scaled back all the settings to minimize performance and blown some dust out of her and she's gotten through a couple of hours of gaming without a shutdown. Big difference. Thanks Chainzsaw and everyone for the advice. I knew this was the right place to ask.