Noooooooooooooo my Acer 9810 seems to have died. What now?

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As topic really! I've had it a few years and its been fantastic and used a lot.

Its the 20.1" screen one that weighs a ton but has an amazing screen with brilliant viewing angles + really bright. I'm getting a lot of graphics botches (such as little red dots on the white cursor arrow but also more worryingly its as if the screen is turning on and off a lot on other earlier occasions but it NEVER does it until it enters windows) as soon as i get into windows which makes me think its the graphics card.

Theres 2 things i'm after help with really!

1) A vague diagnoses of what its likely to be, does everyone agree it sounds very much like the graphics card rather than the screen or whatever?
2) A little knowledge for a laptop noob like me as to how easy it is to just "upgrade" all the parts in a laptop such as the cpu/motherboard/graphics card if neccessary, as i'm really tempted to give the whole thing an overhaul.

I should mention that the specs are roughly some sort of early [email protected] 1.6ghz , 7600gt and 2gig basic ram.

Any help very much appreciated :D
 
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The graphics cards are usually the hardest to replace/upgrade I think.

You could try turning off all the graphically intensive effects such as aero or flip 3D (assuming you're using vista/7), not really a fix but it could help determine if the card is at fault.
 
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Thanks for the reply, nah its using windows xp and i can't get into any settings at all. It effectively crashes upon booting up before i even get to the logon screen with lots of graphic faults.

When i think about it like that, ive been a bit thick to not immediately rule out screen problems :)
 
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if you can boot up in safe mode you can alter the screen res and reduce the 3 d effect...hope this helps
 
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I'm surprised at that, so its not just a case like with desktop pc's where you just slot a new one in?

Most laptop graphics are soldered to the motherboard, or the low/midrange ones at least, the 4570 in my studio is. However I think higher end cards like the 260M/HD4850 Mobile can be swapped out.
 
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Its the famed nvidia graphics failure by the sounds of it its built onto the mainboard cannot be swapped out, will need replacing or can be fixed with a reflow of the gpu/memory, how long it lasts is a long shot really.

A quick search on the bay and a guy offers to repair them seems a fairly resonable rate too.
 
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