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So earlier today I was working with my Compal IFL90 in the garage without the power supply hooked up. I close it up, go back to my desk, plug it in, and open the lid back up... and the monitor won't turn back on.

I have a very good feeling that the culprit is the switch in the lid is stuck shut, and the video output (external vga included) won't turn back on because of it. The reason I think this is because this has happened before in the exact same way (close lid without power supply, attach to power, open, no video).

It very well could be the video card, though. Thankfully the card is MXM II and therefore replaceable. What strikes me as odd is how quickly it happened. It was working 100% about 20 minutes ago. The 8600M GTs have been know to die randomly, though.

Any advice? It's WAY past it's warranty and I'm familiar with opening laptops.

update: was able to enable remote desktop on the laptop using a program called psexec. Got into it and checked the device manager for display adapters. Turns out when you don't have a display adapter, there isn't even a "display adapters" heading. Looks like the card is shot. research time!
Edited by JSkater - 12/29/10 at 7:44pm
    
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3x ASUS VE248 Logitech G710+ CM Silent Pro Gold 1200W Fractal Design Arc Midi 
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