Sony VAIO graphics card upgrade
I have a Sony VGN AR630E laptop. I have been getting the blue screen of death and it looks like I have been having graphics card failure. I thought there was no option but found this site. Can I replace the card on this computer?
thedats said:I have a Sony VGN AR630E laptop. I have been getting the blue screen of death and it looks like I have been having graphics card failure. I thought there was no option but found this site. Can I replace the card on this computer?
Blaming a graphics card for a blue screen makes no sense
It may be a virus, diagnose the virus by replacing the old HDD with a new one and reinstall OS
it's more than that. Yesterday I formatted both 160g drives and installed a fresh copy of W7 and for most of the night it worked great. I would use this as a DAW and my older audio interface requires a pcmcia slot, anyhow I recorded 12 tracks at 24/48 and thought I fixed it and the video card error I forgot about from months ago when I gave up on this one happened.
I get permanent video vertical markings on the screen. I did not get a blue screen this time (yet). The computer runs very hot idles at 50-55c when I was recording it got up to 65c and I put a fan on it they dropped it to 54c. I seems to get to a point may be the temp and once the screen gets whacked the only way to fix it is with a fresh install of windows. I never monitored the temps before, it was my wife’s.
I had it apart and blew out the cooling fins. There are 2 copper tubes that must be some kind of passive cooling perhaps they are plugged up.
I have pictures of the screen but see no way to attach it.
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Google has been my friend again. I found many youtube videos with Sony’s as well as others with exactly the same issue. You can fix it temporarily by using a heat gun around the GPU. Some people take the MOBO out and bake it at 180deg for 10 min.
I used the heat gun and it did fix it. This is about a 3 month fix depending on how you use your computer. One guy cooked his 4 times and it’s still working.
It’s caused from poor solder used in the mid 2000’s and reheating it makes the solder re conform. It can be professionally fixed by re-solder balls. Beware a less reputable shop could just reheat it and you would be none the wiser.