11-12-2013 02:05 PM
I also just registered to SAY the towel wrap thing is the most ridiculous thing i ever heard but i would like to strongly confirm that this long after the thread began (drum rolls....) IT WORKS!!!! I have a HP g61 that had both caps and num locks blinking once every 5 seconds or so. I wrapped it in a towel and a tshirt for extra heat retention first 30 minutes didn't work then i remembered i still had it plugged in to the AC outlet so i unplugged it and left it for an extra 30 minutes and left it to cool, took out battery (was also completely drained). I put it back together and VOILA!! it worked....
11-23-2013 04:04 AM - edited 11-23-2013 04:05 AM
I found a way round to solve the problem without the need to replace GPU/graphics. My laptop has 2 graphic cards: an integrated one and a dedicated one. Apparently the dedicated one had failed (Caps Lock blinking once) so I used the towel method to boot the laptop up, and then I disabled the dedicated graphic card in Device Manager. I haven't had any problems since then, I can even use the standby mode.
Integrated card is sufficient for internet browsing and simple applications. If I want to play games or watch movies I can still enable the other card in the Device Manager, I just need to remember to disable it again before I shut the laptop down, otherwise the problem will appear again.
Obviously this method only work on laptops that have two graphic cards and it requires the most up-to-date drivers. It is a little bit a of a inconvenience, but it's nothing compared to the price of a new laptop.
12-15-2013 07:16 PM
cant believe 22 would would call themselves hpsucks? they must
anyway, towel trick, proven, im ammazed, mines a fujitsu
but,im going to heat up the gpu part of the motherboard to try a more permanant fix
its called a reflow
the crappy old solder cracks, hence when you heat it up it works
(metal expands) theres the oven trick, the heat gun, the hairdryer
now the towel, amazing
**bleep** is sodder anyway? all the yank on discovery channel say soder? i take it they mean solder