Acer Aspire 1650 vertical lines on screen

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  1. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    Hi.

    I have an old Acer Aspire 1650 (Pentium M 1,73Ghz, 1GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon X300 128MB) from a friend that shows random vertical dotted lines on screen, mostly on the right side. I'm pretty certain it's a problem with the graphics card/chip, because if I install the supplied drivers, I immediately get a BSOD after reboot, even after a new XP installation. He used to spend hours gaming, so possibly it could be a broken solder point somewhere under the VGA chip. I also tested the LCD+cable on another Acer and it works fine.

    Could re-balling the chip solve the problem? If it can, I'll wait until I befriend someone that works in this area, because this computer is not being used but I could keep it as a backup in case I need it.
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    check ram first.. if it doesnt fix it. then try external monitor.. still has line= reflow ati chip
    careful they tend to pop solder from top edge of chip.. so dont over heat it too long
     
  3. johnye_pt

    johnye_pt MDL Addicted

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    Thanks for the help. RAM has passed the Memtest86 twice. I didn't try an external monitor, probably it will not work because I can't install the ATi drivers, but I'll try it anyway. The problem was most certainly caused by too much gaming and overheating. I asked about reballing because if I decide to fix it, I would like it to be a permanent solution. I can leave it as it is for now, it's only used for net surfing and nothing else.
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    keep heatsink clean.

    try plug in vga mon first before power up.. also look at Fn key with F5 ? one to activate dual monitors