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Got a HP dv6-1210sa with an ATI HD4570 GPU. Originally it used to lock up when gaming. Then started doing it at nothing at all. Then within half an hour of the PC loading. Took it to a friend to try and fix it, we put a copper shim above the chipset, decent TIM on it, cleaned out the fan, believing it was overheating. Still did it. Gave up with it, moved onto my spare Toshiba L300 for a while. 8 months later, I fish the HP out of the wardrobe. Powers on for 15 seconds (long enough to POST and try to start Windows) and then it dies. After this it powers on briefly, for a matter of a couple of seconds. The fan spins so I know it's not that. I'm guessing faulty motherboard or the GPU needs reflowing (not sure as the graphics are fine when I power it on). Have tried resetting CMOS, holding power button, etc.

 

Any ideas about what I can do? I'm fairly sure the motherboard is dead so anything I can try other than replacements, I'm up for.

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Can't follow what you are saying. If mobo or GPU time to put both to pasture. If you don't know which is at fault, test with a working GPU, and if the problem persists then it's the mobo. Don't bother baking anything, unless you’re baking chocolate chip cookies.
 
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Can't follow what you are saying. If mobo or GPU time to put both to pasture. If you don't know which is at fault, test with a working GPU, and if the problem persists then it's the mobo. Don't bother baking anything, unless you’re baking chocolate chip cookies.

You can bake the motherboard. Laptop motherboards are the only other ones you can do aside from GPUs though. tongue.gif Best to stick to that too. I baked this 6970M back to life and it's never run better. :3
     
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It's integrated onto the board, the GPU, but it's a separate chip if that makes sense.

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You can still bake it. tongue.gif

Just set your oven to 400*F and look for instructions online. Should be fairly obvious. Done it four times. 75% success rate so far.
     
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The main reason I haven't baked yet is because I'm not sure whether this will fix the problem, or make it worse. Does this sound like a problem caused by a need for solder reflow?
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