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Okay, G+ techhies out there. Is it possible to bypass the integrated graphics card on a laptop?
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To what? There's no hardware in the unit that would be faster. Not even cards/usb/firewire. I think the only thing faster would be thunderbolt.
 
What do you mean by bypass it? Without it the monitor wont work. Unless you have a use monitor or a Macbook with thunderbolt and a thunderbolt monitor.
 
If you're just looking to get around it, and don't care about speed.. there are plenty of monitors that connect via USB and are powered by software.
 
The graphics card has suffered a catastrophic failure. The rest of the computer was working very well up until the end, and I pulled the hard-drive to save everything. It seems a shame to waste the rest of the machine (it was my 3d rendering machine so lots of RAM, etc) so I was thinking of trying to bypass the now dead graphics card somehow.
 
+Kimberly Unger Had the same problem, the issue is the graphics card is integrated into the motherboard in laptops. The only solution would be to replace the motherboard but that would also require to replace the cpu since it's also attached to the motherboard. But, it may not be that expensive to buy although it may cost to replace it. Laptops are not as easy as desktops when it comes to replacing hardware. Believe me, I had 2 laptops.
 
Depending on the age of the laptop and the chipset, you may be able to repair the failing chip by re-balling the solder. (I've done probably 50 of these in my lifetime). It's the same issue that causes the PS3's YLOD and the XBOX's RROD. I'm wondering at what point these manufacturers will switch to a different solder, or use a different method to keep those chips on the board! What exactly is wrong with the lappy? I assume you get some kind of video if you know the rest of the unit still functions. Is it a garbled screen?
 
It's a Dell Inspiron from 2006. One moment it was working fine, then the screen went garbled, then black. Everything else continued to stay spun up (fan going, drive on, etc).
 
I pulled the HD and can run it on another unit as the main C drive, so I know the problem is int he board somewhere. I've had various video failures (my machines run very hot) so that seemed the logical conclusion.
 
+Kimberly Unger hehe, that's rough, if you still want to use it for renders, install remote desktop on it, personally, I'd save it for a linux box. I don't know about the US, but I get get a local yokal from the NRA to fix most of my stuff without needing much in the way of parts and all, it might be something simple, capacitors in old hot notebooks tend to dry out and are cheap enough to replace.
 
Oh yes, replacing it is absolutely in order. It just galls me to have a perfectly good 3ghz processor gathering dust. Remote PC might be a good call, I can install that using my old tower. I may take a stab at redoing the welds, just because I feel like kit-bashing something this weekend.
 
I assume you've tried an external monitor? And that you know the system is ok otherwise based on the hard disk light flickering while it loads the OS? The fan and drive could spin with the motherboard being completely shot.
 
I was able to access the computer over my local network before I ripped the drive out, so I'm reasonably sure the rest was working properly :)
 
I'd get a screwdriver and open it up, look for obvious damage, if you see a leaking capacitor you're prolly on to the cause.

Pictures of bad capacitors

$2 fix if you see them bulging, leaking, or growing out of their labels.
 
Bad caps aren't usually found on laptops. Find them alllll the time on desktops tho.
 
Nothing leaking, funny smelling or otherwise.
 
Well, not from this computer at any rate :)
 
+Chuck Cortes I need to poke a whole in your statement above: The CPU is removable in laptops. I have taken apart over 50 of them, and never found one that has a non-removable CPU. The graphics chip, however, is permanently affixed.
 
+Jake Weisz I guess it's true. I don't have a lot of experience with laptops. But the one I have was not. The video card in my laptop also burned out (too much gaming) and when I went to replace it I discovered the processor was part of the mobo just as the video card was.
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