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Fixing an HP G61 with No Video (In New Westminster)

Updated on July 2, 2013
Dust inside the fan before clean up.
Dust inside the fan before clean up.
Removed the old thermal compound and prepared a copper shim for it.
Removed the old thermal compound and prepared a copper shim for it.
New thermal compound and copper shim on top of GPU.
New thermal compound and copper shim on top of GPU.
2.10 GHz CPU, 3 GB RAM and 360GB Hard  Drive with HP Recovery partition.
2.10 GHz CPU, 3 GB RAM and 360GB Hard Drive with HP Recovery partition.
Keyboard is good.
Keyboard is good.

I had this HP G61-420CA on 12Nov2012 which was described as "an hpg61 with 2.5 month old battery that has shut down and won't boot up... ". The owner wanted a smaller netbook for carry it around that he did not bother to get this HP G61 fixed.

From outside, the HP G61 was very dusty. I cleaned it up. From the problem description, my instinct told me that the GPU chip must be overheated. To check out the GPU, I took the whole laptop apart. When I fipped the motherboard out of the base, it was good that the GPU had not been attempted for any fixing. I did the reflow on 14Nov2012. The video is back. The laptop has all parts inside including the memory and hard drive.

The hard drive has HP recovery partition that made it easy for me to restore the Windows 7 with HP G61 drivers by pressing F11 at boot up. As usual, I connected to internet and ran YouTube video to test wireless, sound and video all together which are working good. When I tested USB mouse, it could not detect the driver automatically. After running the Windows Update and HP Update. The USB mouse is detected. For the 2.5 month old battery, I charged it to 100%. After using it for 35 minutes, the battery still had 80% left.

On 10Mar2013, it was picked up by a nice man who drove from New Westminster to pick it up.


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