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I have a Toshiba Satellite C665 here I'm looking at for a friend. It's whitescreening but still works fine plugged in to another monitor.

I have stripped it down once already and reseated the display cable; no change.

Next idea is to swap in a working screen. I thought this would be as simple as grabbing a spare out of another laptop (I am about to replace a Samsung NP550P5C-S02AU cracked screen anyway), plug it up and see if it works. Unfortunately after being initially supplied with the wrong replacement for the Samsung I now realise that just because you can plug it in doesn't necessarily mean it'll work.

What criteria do I need to match to test this out? I don't really want to order a screen for it on a 50/50 gamble that it's not the motherboard at fault.

I'm pretty new to fixing laptops but I'm learning as I go, and enjoying it to be honest smile.gif

Any info appreciated!
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Just buy from http://laptopscreen.com You can order the exact model number (and they have a picture to show you where the connector is just to be 100%) and search by either the model on the back of the screen itself or from the laptop model. We use it all the time at work and have never got a bad or wrong screen just by going from the exact model of the laptop or exact model of the screen.
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Thanks for the tip, I will most likely go through them.

What I was more asking though is whether I'm able to test it out with a spare from another system here first to be sure it's the screen and not the graphics board that's having issues? I read somewhere that even though HDMI out still works fine it can still be a cooked graphics board (in this case motherboard).
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Thanks for the tip, I will most likely go through them.

What I was more asking though is whether I'm able to test it out with a spare from another system here first to be sure it's the screen and not the graphics board that's having issues? I read somewhere that even though HDMI out still works fine it can still be a cooked graphics board (in this case motherboard).

From my experience, if the laptop outputs video via HDMI or VGA then replacing the screen will fix it. You can try to test it with another screen, in fact a lot of the same size screens use a similar connector and you could get it installed. However, I have seen in testing a laptop that is good that will output weird video to a screen that doesn't work properly with it. Like I was testing a screen on a laptop because we had one available and it was same size/connector spot (different PCB though), but upon hooking it up it did output video but the video was tinted very white.

So basically I think it's a crapshoot if you're trying to test it with another screen. Chances are if it fits it may work or it may not work. If it works that's great and you can definitely rule out the onboard video being bad. But if it outputs weird, the screen may not be compatible with the laptop. Still, I would be fairly confident that using the proper screen would fix the problem.
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I replaced the screen in this today and it's still whitescreening. I guess it must be the motherboard after all.
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I can't seem to find a motherboard for one of these at all. Is there somewhere that sells boards, preferably at non-ridiculous prices?

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