05-22-2016 09:48 PM
I have had my laptop for a while and it just started to have black screen so I conected it to an extra monitor I have with a vga cable and it shows a multi colored grid paternity I can't do anything on it. Any suggestions? Help is appreciated.
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05-22-2016 10:31 PM
Based on the symptoms, I am going to assume you have nVIDIA graphics. It is a very common problem, and the only solution is to replace the motherboard.
05-25-2016 04:26 PM
Probably, it is time. However, it it otherwise meets your needs, the motherboard could be replaced. At this time, I would suggest not getting another nVIDIA board. Most will have the same problem you have.
06-02-2016 08:22 AM
Whether to fix or scrap your laptop is a personal choice, There are many fans of the T61 series as it was the first that was fully 64bit, supporting Penryn class cpu chips, 8gb ram, and the very last full size laptop to offer the classic 4:3 aspect ratio and one of the last to offer 16:10. Also save for the horribly designed nVidia chips it is one of the most reliable thinkpads made (in my opinion), and they did fix the nVidia problem back in August 2008, only to stop production a month or so later (with a few exceptions). I can get the boards with the updated gpu chips, but they are extremely rare and have been getting more so as the years pass, or you can convert to intel graphics and have a cooler running laptop that will run longer on battery power, and if you don't use the laptop to run apps that require nVidia graphics, like some CAD software, etc... then you'd probably be very happy with the intel gpu,
Also be aware is there are many scams selling nVidia boards and laptops that have failed and improperly fixed using stunts like forcefully overheating the failed gpu, or baking the motherboards in an oven which will sometimes allow them to boot and appear to work normally for a short period of time, This was a huge problem in the past and made the failure rate seem much higher than it actually was, but if you like your T61 then there is no reason you can't get it back up and running where it is likely to serve you for the next decade or so and with a few minor mods such as use of the modified "middleton" bios, ssd drive, ram upgrade and perhaps a penryn cpu, and you'll find the performance outstanding even by today's standards.