[motherboard] Need replacement motherboard or motherboard repair
I have a friend's Gateway laptop (P-6831FX) that keeps giving the beep code of one long beep and two short beeps. I think it overheated because so much dust clogged the heat sinks it looked like felt pads.
I have completely disassembled the system. Owner doesn't want to pay for a new board and I don't blame him, so the computer is mine to do whatever I want with.
The motherboard # is, I think: 554v601031 g802a0035ksoo
I think the 8800GTS video controller, which isn't removable, or something in the video controller circuit, overheated and failed.
I'd like to get a working board or send this one in for repair, for less than 200 dollars. I figure if I can fix this for less than 250 dollars, it will be worth it since I can't afford a new high quality laptop.
I need a board or a repair service that will fix the board.
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Re: [motherboard] Need replacement motherboard or motherboard re
Google is your friend. You may be able to find a factory refurbished board in the price range.
Also check ebay they have a large number of people who buy and refurbished computers and if that was a popular model especially among businesses you may find someone selling a broken laptop for parts only or the actual main board that at least been tested as far as the main board booting.
The first number is the only one that showed anything on Google and neither of them showed anything on ebay. I'm not seeing much out there, at least not at your price. There is one that says they have it but they want $380 for it. There was one on ebay Au that sold for ~$200 US but it's all gone it looks like. Even searching the laptop number on ebay found nearly every other part but the motherboard. This looks like one you will just have to keep your eyes open for.
I know, I saw all for that before I posted here. Maybe my only choice is the send it in for repair.
I think what happened is that since the system may have overheated on the graphics end, due to the felt pad size dust clogs for BOTH heat sinks, some solder might have melted and caused an open circuit.
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My boss has an older Compaq/HP laptop that he has done that with. He bought a video online showing ALL the steps in the process from disassembly, where to apply heat and pressure and so forth. It works and he even bought a "dead" laptop on ebay for cheap and fixed it with this method. The downside is he has had to repeat the procedure at least twice that I know of.
So it can work and might fix the laptop (if that is indeed the problem, it was for his) but it doesn't seem to be reliable. I suspect it might be heat related. He keeps the vents and fans clean on his laptops but they still get too hot. Or at least that is our working theory at the moment. Of course that means if heat is the issue and it did loosen something up like in the case of my bosses laptops, a new motherboard won't exactly solve the problem either.
I do know the video he bought was specific to his model laptop (and similar designed ones). You might be able to find instructions for yours online as well.