How long a failing onboard GPU can last before it dies?

November 6, 2017 at 23:50:12
Specs: Windows 10 Pro, 6 GB
So yesterday I sent my laptop to a computer technician, and he fixed the "black screen" problem I had with the laptop. I asked him what was the problem, and he said it's the graphics processor (onboard GPU).

He also said that I did not (or may have forgotten) to turn on the fan in the laptop. (You know, I cleaned the laptop while I was trying to diagnose and to fixing the problem by myself.)

The problem started during the second or third week of September this year. My laptop was idle (but not in sleep mode — yet) when suddenly the screen turned completely black without prior warnings. The system didn't shut down — only the screen turned black.

At first, I thought the LCD was damaged; but later, I suspected the HDD was physically damaged from the inside. And later, I thought there's probably something on the mobo that no longer functioning (properly).

Therefore, I sent it to that technician. And although he managed to solve the problem, he did mention that the graphics GPU is probably dying and may not be able to last until the end of 2017.

Do you think he's right? Or rather, is there anything I can do to extend the GPU's life?


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#1
November 7, 2017 at 02:31:30
Do you think he's right? Or rather, is there anything I can do to extend the GPU's life?

if hes right, lowering temp may elongate your igpu's life, in other words use some software to set a higher fan curve

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#2
November 7, 2017 at 05:43:36
If you're asking about an Asus K43U laptop, the GPU is integrated into the APU, it's not a separate card or part of the motherboard. According to the Asus specs, the APU is either an AMD E-350 with Radeon HD 6310, or an AMD C-50 with Radeon HD HD 6250.

https://www.asus.com/Laptops/K43U/s...

What exactly did the "computer technician" do? The black screen issue is somewhat common with certain Asus laptops. There are plenty of different fixes available: http://bfy.tw/EtaV

Hopefully you didn't pay much for the repair.


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#3
November 7, 2017 at 15:29:48
I wonder what evidence he had for the GPU dying. It sounds rather unusual. If there is anything wrong with it there ought to be some symptoms.

Makes me wonder what, if anything, he found and whether it just started working again so he happened to think the GPU might be the problem.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
November 7, 2017 at 18:19:31
It seemed like he didn't want me to know the exact steps he did. All he said is something like "it's the graphics" and that the integrated graphics processor is probably dying or failing.

But he actually charged me quite affordable — around 6 bucks only.

So I think he simply turned on the laptop fan? Or fixed the connection of some stuff on the mobo.. Because the fan now seems better than it was. 😁


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#5
November 7, 2017 at 18:32:33
I did suspect something wrong with the graphics, long before the black screen problem occurred. You know, sometimes the screen goes really dark (but not black) while on battery mode, esp. on (very) low battery level.

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November 7, 2017 at 18:43:41
I think your symptoms on a poor battery are to be expected. My best guess is that your graphics chip is not about to fail.

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#7
November 7, 2017 at 19:13:53
Thanks Derek.

I actually also refused to believe that the graphics processor is dying, despite I did feel something's not right with the graphics.

I should also add that I had not been able to use the laptop since the screen turned black in Sept. I also couldn't tell whether the BIOS was still accessible during that period. And I had no idea whether the system could boot into Windows. Because the screen was black — I saw nothing but my face.. Well its shadow. 😀

Also, the guy who repaired my laptop, I believed it when he said: I tried to login, but had no luck. because all user accounts are password-protected. Well I mean, he had not accessed Windows; therefore he probably just did something with the fan and whatever else on the mobo.


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#8
November 8, 2017 at 05:23:04
"sometimes the screen goes really dark (but not black) while on battery mode, esp. on (very) low battery level"

That's what it's supposed to do. The system is trying to conserve power. Do you know which keys to press to brighten the screen (& suck up the battery power)? I think it's Fn + F5.

I found this: https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ...

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#9
November 8, 2017 at 06:56:00
Thanks riider.

The system is trying to conserve power.
Yes, I understand that. But sometimes, I just feel unease when the screen goes really dark..

Do you know which keys to press to brighten the screen (& suck up the battery power)?
I know it now. 😀


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#10
November 8, 2017 at 07:10:53
Thanks also to you hidde663. I'd certainly keep the higher fan curve thing in mind.

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