laptop screen black.

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv6000 notebook...
December 1, 2009 at 03:38:57
Specs: Windows vista
My dad's laptop screen wouldn't come on when he started it so I went round and hooked it up to an external VDU (which worked previously on this laptop) and no output detected. He is running Vista home premium. It is a lovely little laptop too. Problem is that it is refurbished with only a 3 month guarantee and no operating guides or any other paperwork came with it. And the shop he got it from has closed down.

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December 1, 2009 at 04:31:44
"VDU"? I assume that is an external display? HP had many graphic chip failures in the past with laptops equipped with certain nVidia GPUs. If this is one of those the repair is a new motherboard. That might cost more than the price of a new laptop.

After some Googling and looking at the specs of your laptop I believe it came outfitted with one of the defective GPUs.

There is a class action lawsuit over this. Google for HP class action lawsuit, or defective nVidia GPUs.

Good luck.

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December 1, 2009 at 07:48:07
Thank you for speedy response. I checked the HP site and his part number wasn't listed. Hopefully this means it could be something less drastic.

ps VDU = Visual Display Unit (showing my age I think)

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December 1, 2009 at 11:20:44
No, Googling yielded that model as one with GPU problems. It may not currently be part of the class action suit but I think that is the issue.

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