Possibly a burnt out video card/chip... Need to replace motherboard?
Posted on 2008-10-17
Looking for some help with my HP Pavillion DV9500 notebook. Recently ive been playing a lot of games on the computer (CoD4 and Warhammer) and randomly one day the computer went to a blue screen saying there was a critical error and had to shut down. While on that blue screen the image started flashing black lines with other colors as well. Now when ever i try starting the computer i get verical colored lines that eventually fade to white and then black... but the computer still boots up. I tried hooking it up to a seperate monitor with the same screen so i know its not the display. I am assuming it is the graphics card.
Now my question is since the graphics card is just a chip on the motherboard, do i have to replace the motherboard? And if so is there any other motherboard i could replace it with besides the one HP supplies? Im looking to possibly upgrade the graphics card since the 8600gs is a bit weak for warhammer