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No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:10 pm
by unfaithfulsfan
Years ago one of my employees gave me a pin that read "I finally got my head together, now my ass falls apart". That's the way I feel with these laptops. The old Dell is working now the HP acts up.

I just replaced the hard drive on my HP G62-341NR and a couple of months later I have no video. When I boot, I hear the fan and HDD spool up but that's it. No video and the boot never completes. The caps lock key LED flashes slowly but other than that, it's dead.

I've tried an external monitor, a different HDD, I've swapped RAM and done multiple hard resets. I'm guessing the motherboard is dead.

Anyone have any ideas?


Re: No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:32 am
by KnightRid
yep, buy a new laptop.

could look on ebay for a motherboard but most times the older stuff just isnt worth fixing due to high costs of parts and how cheaply you can buy a new one.

Which code is it - ... 32551#N213 - I am guessing they are a standard blinking system so that may help determine the viability of replacing parts or not.

Re: No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:14 pm
by unfaithfulsfan
They have nothing for when the LED just blinks once every couple seconds and continues. It never stops. I stopped counting the blinks at 25. Best I can tell from research is video is shot. Like I said, health problems prohibit me from trying the reflow fix.

I'd probably screw up something else in the process between my hands shaking and being pretty much temporarily blind in my right eye due to a cataract that suddenly appeared after surgery for detached retina in Feb. Got glasses that really help but my vision's not going to get better until I have corrective surgery. Just trying to postpone it till after the first of the year. Never had vision problems despite nearly 4 decades of Juvenile Diabetes. When it rains it pours, I guess. :roll:

Waffling on whether to try for a board on ebay. Found a couple for <$100 that are guaranteed good but don't know which to get till I tear this one down to get the part #. Dell, at least, has access to the original parts list. HP, in typical fashion, tells you nada as far as part #s are concerned.

Who owns Gateway now? I was surprised to see one for ~$300 the other day. As I recall it's another AMD but it had a larger HDD at 500 GB vs 320. Both have 4 GB RAM which should be more than enough. We don't really do anything overly strenuous with the laptop anyway. Wife plays Pogo games; facebook; checks email and works on her recipes for the classes she teaches. I putz around with the village site; surf the 'Net and watch movies or listen to music before I fall asleep. Don't have time to play games, etc.. Can;t stay caught up on all my other projects. Any thoughts on that?

Thanks for the assist!

Re: No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:30 am
by skier
I would just get another laptop, HP laptops are known to have a short lifecycle, with Graphics issues in particular- I had to replace the panel in my Dv6000 after just 2 years of baby'ing, and I have a tablet here with a built-in GPU that wont stay atached to the motherboard. I have never seen an HP I liked the design of functionally, they're built as throw-away's like consumer-grade Lenovo's are (You can't even replace the WLAN card in Lenovo's because they use locked proprietary cards and won't pass POST with 3rd party cards)

Dell's are built to last though lose USB ports commonly, I'd personally look for a Latitude E6410 or better, we have some of the second gen i5 models at work and their BIOS is a little finnicky if you change things but they just work out of the box and don't die.

*Note, my Fiance has an Inspiron 15 from 2008 that I had to replace the motherboard in last year because the integrated graphics started glitching constantly

finally: HP bought Compaq several years ago, and continued using a couple of their lines

Re: No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:05 pm
by unfaithfulsfan
I agree about Dells but a new one is out of my price range. I just got this little 2005 model Latitude D600 working with W7 ultimate. Plan to use it for Ubuntu or similar whenever we get another one for my wife. You did give me an idea, though, and I found a few used ones on eBay. A couple of them have 2-3 years of factory extended warranty remaining and they ARE in my price range. Might go that route.....

Thanks again

Re: No video on my HP laptop

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:54 pm
by smile99
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