Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook ?

Graphics card failure

\015 System: Dell Inspiron 8500, Laptop running XP Home.Video Graphics card: NVIDIA Ge Force4 4200 64MB(2 months ago Added 1 chip Memory 1GB, removed 256MB x 2 chips (512MB) ). On booting up:Observations:1. Dell logo against black background, with some disturbance in background. Next XP Logo comes discoloured (tinted). Then screen goes black. Sometime earlier there was a Blue screen that used to come up with all the text messages with the final line about memory dumping.On pressing F12, during the startup on the Dell logo screen, and opting for Diagnostics tests:* Hardware Diagnostics - Custom Test (Customize - Service Tag 9VX581S)Video - VESA SVGA Video- Video Memory Test - (Under this test, results show Error code 5300: 0119, which different comments for different parameters)Msg: Detected a failure while writing and reading video memory.(e.g.) Video mode: Dh (320 x 200 16) Address A002Ch, expected to read Oh, but read 1Dh instead* Video Hardware Test - Pass* Text Mode Character test - Pass* Text mode Color test - Pass* Text mode pages test - Pass* Graphics mode test - Pass* Color palettes test - pass* Solid color test - passNote that ALL OTHER TESTS, namely -Processor, System Boars, System Management, System Memory, Sensors, Battery, CD-ROM/DVD, Fan, IEEE 1394, USB, Keyboard, Pointing Device, Network Interface, PCI Device, Parallel Port, Serial Port, Audio, Hard Drive HAVE PASSED when run through their respective tests.Now after taking the card out and cleaning the contacts, replacing it the LCD does not come on, where should I look for the problem, I guess a ribbin connector has come out.\015

Answers :

OK, there are small BGA VRAM chips right next to GPU on the
"graphic card" One of them is bad/cold solder and needs replacement
or REFLOW.
And it can't be done without BGA machine.
The error: (Under this test, results show Error code 5300: 0119, which different comments for different parameters) Msg: Detected a failure while writing and reading video memory. (e.g.) Video mode: Dh (320 x 200 16) Address A002Ch, expected to read Oh, but read 1Dh instead *
\015\012
\015\012indicates the video card has failed and need to be replaced.
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