thinkpads.com Support Community Forum Index Bill Morrow's thinkpads.com Open Forum - The Original Thinkpad Support Forum
Follow ThinkpadsForum on Twitter
 Support this forum, shop at newmodeus.com
  Support the forum, shop at newmodeus.com
Our oldest longest advertiser of parts for ThinkPads
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
Goodbye, Mr. Spock, wherEVER you've gone..


If you've found this forum useful, please consider donating a dollar or two

It is currently Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:46 pm

All times are UTC-05:00




Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:51 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:47 pm
Posts: 1
Location: London, UK
So my laptop recently died. I was wondering if the machine can be of any use to me without repairing it.

I was wondering whether it can be used as a 'headless server' without the graphics card. I'm guessing the lack of graphics would cut down on my administration options and perhaps the value of the broken laptop would be better sold and then a more suitable device bought instead.

Anyone done anything interesting with their machines that fell on the nvidia sword?


Top
   
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:29 am 
Offline
Senior Member
Senior Member

Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:31 pm
Posts: 602
Location: Melbourne, Australia
you won't be able to boot the laptop without having a functional GPU.

_________________
Current ThinkPad: T430u, T430s, X1 Carbon, X1, X230t, X220t, X230, X220, X201t, W520, W701ds, T500, T420 and many more


Top
   
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:45 am 
Offline
ThinkPadder
ThinkPadder

Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:41 pm
Posts: 1776
Location: Hockessin, Delaware
Unfortunately the cannot be used until fixed, but they usually are worth fixing.

If your interested in fixing it, I have the parts you would need.


Top
   
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:58 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat May 03, 2008 8:59 am
Posts: 27
Location: Irving, TX
even i too have one, T61 15.4 with failed NVS 140 M, the local laptop repair center in India tried to replace a different IC but it failed, was wondering whether one can get good nVidia NVS 140 M that can be replaced in the motherboard instead of replacing a complete MOBO.

I was told by the repair center, that they do chip level replacement and for most laptops an equivalent IC would work fine, but my laptop didn't even respond.

finally i ended up with buying a used T61 14 Wide to swap my RAM and HDD, but am still in possession of my old one...hope to review it one day!

Thanks
Param


Top
   
PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:15 am 
Offline
ThinkPadder
ThinkPadder

Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2011 2:41 pm
Posts: 1776
Location: Hockessin, Delaware
You can replace the GPU on the system board. to do so it would involve removing the system board, shipping it to a board remanufacturer, about $100 (usd) plus the cost of the chip (perhaps $100 or more), then return shipping.

However the extreme temperatures involved in this type of repairs can easily damage the board, so a good used board with the updated GPU would be a more reliable option, as well as costing a lot less and of course it would be an immediate fix. If you sent your board off to get rechipped, then got it back and it didn't work, then you have more shipping, RMA forms, etc... so the only time I'd recommend having a board rechipped is if you have a model that is unavaiable with the updated gpu, such as the 4:3 ratio models where your only hope of an updated gpu is to get one installed, or find a board that was already rechipped.

If you were thinking that it's an easier job to replace the chip then to replace the board, then you couldn't be more wrong.


Top
   
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 

All times are UTC-05:00


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited