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Thinking my go 7700 MXM mirrored GPU is dead...[SOLVED]

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OK. I have an ASUS AJ8s laptop that stopped booting a couple of weeks ago. I was really busy with the Holidays and family coming to visit...so I kind of put it off to the side until now.

Here are the issues:
1. Upon startup, before even the post screen...the screen is artifacted from end to end. The Asus logo appears as does the post screen, but the background is littered with little blue spotting.

It then skips to a black screen that is covered with a lower case "a" all over...and then it skips to the windows load screen.

After the windows load screen...it then BSOD's to a "page_fault_in_non_paged_area" screen, starts a mini-dump, and then reboots. It then wants to run the windows repair function. It runs the whole repair process (takes about 30 minutes) and then states that windows cannot fix the problem.

Now - I can boot into safe-mode, but, no matter what I've tried...I can't get rid of the artifacting, nor boot into normal windows mode. The artifacting only appears on the background of images...in other words, any windows that I open appears perfectly.

Things I have tried.
Removed RAM, replaced with known good RAM...same result.
Reinstalled drivers in safe-mode...same result


So - can anyone confirm my suspicions that my go 7700 is in fact the culprit.

If so - the very few reversed MXM go 7700's that I have found range in the $200 - $300 range...so am I better just getting something new?
Edited by clbkdaz - 1/1/11 at 5:46pm
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Dude you have those defective gpus. You need to resolder the gpu with a blowtorch or you can always bake it. You're lucky it even boots
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first of all, we do not blowtorch pc components, thats just stupid

second, id take it out of the shell and bake it, then try booting again after it cools, baking revivals have been proven effective on video cards
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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post

second, id take it out of the shell and bake it, then try booting again after it cools, baking revivals have been proven effective on video cards
Bake it? Seriously?

I've never really googled this type of problem or anything...so that sounds weird to me. I'm a go for anything that might help...but, I need some instructions.
Usually - anything I throw in my oven has instructions on the side that say "bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until golden brown"

Am I baking the whole GPU unit?
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Baking does fix many GPU issues caused by solder breaking (last resort). There's plenty of threads of people putting their old 8800 GT's in and getting some more life out of them.

It's got a pretty good chance of working. A heat gun is an alternative, too.
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Quote:
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first of all, we do not blowtorch pc components, thats just stupid
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Well I'll be darned.

275F for 7 minutes and we have a booting and functioning Go 7700.

My wife is sitting here looking at me, and I know she's thinking, "Stay away from my oven...It's not for computer parts."

Thanks for the help all. Definitely learned something new today.
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