Laptop Restarting, No Video

December 23, 2011 at 11:26:35
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, hgf
I've got an HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop with Windows Vista. The person that was using it said he was just on ebay browsing, and then the video went all garbled, and then it shut down. After that, upon trying to restart, nothing shows up on the screen and and the computer restarts itself after 20 seconds or so.
Things I've tried:
Switching to external monitor with FnF4- still nothing shows up on external monitor eiher. I'm thinking bad video card, but would a bad vid card make it reboot loop?
There are no flash drives or memory cards or optical discs in the laptop. All of the indicator lights come on when it's restarted, but then it restarts again after 20 seconds or so.
Any help is much appreciated.

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December 27, 2011 at 10:03:52
A bad video card would make the laptop constantly reboot, yes.. however, there could be a few ways to tackle this.

Do this first, turn the laptop over and take out each RAM module, one at a time and see if it works each time, if it doesn't, then move onto my second suggestion.

Could be a boot virus, go into Safe Mode (F8) at startup and try a system restore.

If the module and restore ideas don't work, try booting into safe mode from the boot screen (F8), and see if you can start up in 640x800 mode.. if you can do that then the graphics are fried.. and from that point, I hate to say it, but that laptop is a paper weight unless you want to use it in safe mode.

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