Laptop GPU Repair Guide (Turns on, Black Screen, nVidia) Everex XT5300T XT5000T Fujitsu Amilo

This video is old. Check out our new content. This is Shane with Today I’ll be doing a video repair guide for
the Everex XT5300T. This will also work on other models such as the XT5000T, and several
others listed below. Alright, we’ve got the Everex XT5300T with
the classic video card issue and we’re going to do a repair guide on here. I’ve already removed the CPU and removed the
heatsink, as well. Which, if you have an Everex XT5000T you’ll notice, it’s a solid heatsink;
instead of two separate units, which we’ll show later. It’s actually a bulkier heatsink.
The actual heatpipe itself is thicker, a litle bit wider, and the actual grill is a little
bit taller, it’s a little bit more deep, and it’s wider. You’d actually have to modify
this in order to fit this into the original series laptop if you chose to do so. Just the basic requirements: You need a decent heatgun. I just grabbed
the cheapest one they had, which was a Wagner Heatgun; HT-1000. It only has two temperature
settings, but that’s fine. We’ll see how it works out. And then you’ll need just a little bit of
solder, any type will do. And just aluminum foil to wrap the rest of the laptop. Alright, we have the laptop fully wrapped.
And what we’re actually going to be doing is heating up both the Northbridge and the
GPU. Alright, we’re just going to run this in a
circular pattern, just like this. Making an 8 over the chips. Now we’re not really going
to go for the memory chips, because they usually don’t go bad. But if that is an issue we can
go back over. The problem with that is I have to completely disassemble the laptop to get
to them, because the back chips are right here. So let’s get going on this. [ Heatgun on low ] I can definitely feel this heating up, though.. I can actually feel the pressure coming up off this I’m actually noticing the solder start to melt here, so I know I’m getting
pretty close. This is actually… This is leaded solder,
and this board uses lead-free solder, so it is going to need to be a little bit hotter.
But I am noticing the heat is getting up there, so I’m going to be stopping this in just a
moment. Just getting the last few phases done. I think we should be good. [ Heatgun off ] We’ll just do a cooldown period of approximately
15 to 30 minutes, depending upon the temperature in the area. Alright now the unit should be cooled down
enough. Now I haven’t actually bolted anything in, I just wanted to make sure, before I reassemble
everything, “is this going to work”. So we will see. Alright, I just have the laptop turned on
it’s side and we’ll check out how this works. I’ve got it running on battery, so we’ll see
if the screen comes on. Oh dear God, we’ve done it. That’s crazy.
So…we have a working laptop, which would not boot or anything before, but now will.
Awesome. And the laptop is working perfectly fine after
repair and hasn’t had any issues since. All of the information is available on our website,
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100 thoughts on “Laptop GPU Repair Guide (Turns on, Black Screen, nVidia) Everex XT5300T XT5000T Fujitsu Amilo

  1. @RuebeX It really depends how well it was done. I've done three using this method and have only have one that was problematic. I was able to do it again without issue. Bear in mind, this isn't necessarily a permanate fix – you really have to weigh the costs of a proper reflow (which is generally over $100 USD) vs $25 at Walmart. For a 4 year old laptop, it's not really worth the money.. and for the most part, what do you have to lose if it only works for a while?

  2. Thanks for the video, it was a pain to figure out how to disassemble everything. Your video didn't explain why you needed the solder. Also, do you have any tips for replacing the thermal pad underneath the heatsink? I used a penny but i'm still geting 100C GPU temps on load. I feel bad for anyone doing this on the earlier XT5000T model because you have to dissamble the ENTIRE computer, every component, to gain access to the heat sink.

  3. I also wanted to mention that this worked, I don't know how long it will worked. I put the heat gun on high (1000f) for 6 mins!!) Plastic was burning on the other side of the motherboard, (I recommend sticky aluminum tape because the hot air will just blow underneath the aluminum and cook things from the inside.

  4. @Galvathorax I missed this comment when I replied earlier. I actually forgot about fixing the annotation in the video. It's up now, but the basic idea is you use it to get an idea of how hot the area temperature is. When the leaded solder melts, you know the GPU is just about the right temperature. Lead-free solder (which is what this laptop is using) has a higher melting point than leaded (about 15-20C), so when the leaded solder melts, you know you're about done. Use a copper shim & AS5 paste

  5. @Galvathorax I think he used solder to determine when the temperature was enough to fix the computer permanently. Notice how it melts over the aluminium foil at 4:23.

  6. @majmx84 that's correct. I added an annotation to the video describing this like 2 weeks ago to avoid the confusion. Just keep in mind, the laptop uses leadless solder which has a higher melting point of my old leaded solder, so I gave it a bit more to make sure it was about 15C hotter.

  7. @xXMICKEY007Xx Glad to hear it. Always like feedback and success stories. Just remember, if it fails again, you can re-do it just as easily

  8. @charis013 I'm afraid your fix will be very short lived. A hair drier doesn't produce sufficient heat to reflow the solder joints. Good luck though!

  9. This was great. The back of my model was a bit different so I had to cut a piece off of the back. Once I got access it took minutes to fix. Thanks. (Even if it doesn't last long it allowed me to get the important information transferred.)

  10. thanks dude. thats awesome. you saved me alot of money ! sadley ive not protected the case good enough so the heat deformed it but the laptop is working again. ^^

  11. @meleniumshane90 You were right; finally I had to use a heat gun in order to fix it. One more question, it works fine with standard VGA drivers but everything mess up when I install the NVidia drivers, any idea?

  12. @charis013 If you're using Windows XP, grab the custom drivers from LaptopVideo2Go. You'll have to do a bit of work to get them installed, but they should work. If you have Windows 7, the stock nVidia drivers should work right off the bat.

  13. hi i can see the display only with the external screen laptop screen only giving the back that gpu problem or screen problem?pz reply and thanks for your video…

  14. Sounds more like you have something wrong with the LCD screen. Could be a bad connection on the cable, but it could be something wrong with the controller board.

  15. Hello, I'm using a gateway FX 6860. One day, my graphic card ( nvidia 8800gt) got sick, and I had to bake it as well as the whole motherboard (I wrapped it with aluminum foil and only expose the card). After that, I got this black screen, the computer runs but nothing on it. I'm not clear where should I apply heat, because I see you're applying heat on two places. Please help me!

  16. The motherboard isn't a cake lol. Oven repairs are generally a bad idea and can damage components on the board. Not to mention the oven would have to be set to around 430F to melt the solder.

    No video + lights & fans means there's likely a component failure on the motherboard. This can be the the video card, VRAM, or even the north bridge. Since it's a nVidia 8800, it's likely the issue. Try heating the GPU and VRAM like I did in the video.

    Post any issues / questions / successes to the forums

  17. I found out the solder is just there to let you know when its hot enough. When the solder melts (on the aluminum foil) you know it's hot enough. I cooked the processor so hot things started smoking, but the computer has been running solid for 6 months now. Good luck!

  18. Thanks a lot! My Amilo XA 2528 is now working again. It's good to remember to apply new thermal paste for at least to GPU when assembling things together.

  19. Be careful. This worked on mine but be aware his gun is a complete fucking joke!
    I used an $8 orange harbor freight gun that melted the solder on low in about 15 seconds and deformed the shit out of the surrounding areas of the enclosure.

  20. That's because you did it wrong… you should never be openly heating the plastic. If you melted the solder in 15 seconds, your heatgun is way too hot and you have likely damaged several of the components on the motherboard.

    The heatgun isn't a "joke", its low setting is 750F, or approx. ~400C, which is just above the lead-free solder melting point. You're not supposed to melt everything on the board and damage the casing, you're supposed to 'reflow' the solder joints on the affected chips.

  21. No actually I didn't. I've been working with electronics for the last 10 years and am earning my degree as an electronic engineer.
    Why would you disrespect and condescend me when you know absolutely nothing about me?
    I doubt you know a resistor from an inductor.

  22. I wasn't disrespectful or condescending, nor was that my intent. I was responding to your disparaging comment.

    You said the heatgun used in the video was a "complete fucking joke!", then proceeded to say how you melted the solder in 15 seconds and "deformed the shit out of the surrounding areas of the enclosure." It doesn't take an electrical engineer to know that that is not good.

    I'm well versed in electrical components, thank you.

  23. You certainly did with your opening statement of ":that's because you did it wrong".
    What a crock of shit. I shielded heavily but, the gun I used is more efficient. It's aluminum foil, not good copper paper which I have, knew I should use but trusted the tutorial. The plastic used just is not very durable. It's in fact very pliable with very little heat which means too much resin, not enough hardener.

    There's also a huge difference between electronic and electrical smart ass.

  24. Absolute bullshit.
    The schooling involved to be an electronic engineer is 10 times greater in every aspect. You're taught what an electric engineer is taught and much much more.

    Don't waste my time, you don't even hold a degree in bullshitting let alone a respected technical field.

  25. Absolute nonsense. I'm getting advice from someone that records oneself playing video games lol. My field has far greater demand and exponential growth, you have no knowledge of what you speak. My field has higher starting wage, average wage and is far less dangerous. Also much more realistic to start your own business with my degree which I will be doing by summers end with about a year of school remaining.

    Most electrical engineers end up in construction companies and power plants.
    No thanks!

  26. lmao!
    Do you even know what an electronic engineer does?!
    Because if any of them were seeking electric engineers, it would be to help design a power grid for their building or an emergency generator backup system.
    CONTRACT work.

    An electronic engineer designs the circuits in the equipment they buy and use. Most the companies you just listed are not even applicable for my degree and those that are, most DEFINITELY employ electronic engineers.
    Stop being such a nasty idiot troll.
    You're clueless.

  27. Every appliance in your house you ignorant child, was designed by an electronic engineer. Your computer, your game console, your TV, your toaster, your radio, your cellphone, your house phone, your stereo, your car stereo, your power tools and the list never stops. It's a field with exponential growth and we are ALWAYS in demand. You are talking down to me when nothing you say makes any sense

    I'm already designing and building musical instrument electronics I'll be making a fortune with my name

  28. Okay – your heatgun is more efficient at melting the shit out of your plastic, that makes sense. You have a gun that has a higher temp. low setting and you were using it too close – that =/= efficiency.

    Copper wouldn't have helped, since it retains heat longer than aluminum, plus isn't accessible at most grocery stores.

    I'm quite aware of the differences between electronic and electrical – and do realize that the components you mentioned were electrical components, not electronic components.

  29. Couldn't fit it on the previous reply, but your comment regarding the plastic is incorrect. The plastic they used has operating temperatures. Using a heatgun on it close to or over 1000F is way outside that range. I don't think you fully grasp plastic molding, but too much hardener will make the plastic more brittle when heated, rather than malleable like this was.

    The casing of this laptop is using a mixture of ABS plastic & PPO/PPE, so it's melting pont is somewhere around 180-250C.

  30. How about this.
    You stop condescending me while hiding behind the internet in complete and total ignorance about what occurred and do it to my face?

    Copper dissipates heat faster than aluminum for starters. Well known fact for anyone with a decent education.The aluminum he used is a very poor shielding. He also has the gun 3 times closer than I did. His is inferior.

    I have used a heat gun easily 1000 times.
    I just walked in the door from fabricating parts.
    You're a fucking joke.

  31. You're a 32 year old loser that records himself playing video games. If I were the ugly, runty, pasty faced loser you are, I'd probably try to harass and bully people while cowering behind the safety of the internet too.

    Fortunately for me, I'm nothing like you.
    I am educated.
    I am tall, well built and hung like a horse.
    I'm talented and highly skilled as a musician and singer.
    Best of all, I'm great looking on top of all of that.

    You're a joke without a punchline.

  32. I'm not hiding behind anything. You made a shitty comment and I replied to it in kind. While I have something to back up what I say, you just come back with lame insults and incorrect info. Since you told me what you did, I repeated that back to you.

    Copper does not dissipate heat faster than aluminum, you need to fact-check yourself on that. It conducts & transfers heat better, but retains said heat longer – hence why they use copper for the base of heatsinks and aluminum for heat spreaders.

  33. Also, it's not relevant how many times you have used a heatgun or what you just got done "fabricating".

    On a side-note, not sure why you're replying to that other guy – he's trolling you.

  34. Uh lol… I think you replied to the wrong dude. I'm 22, number one, and that's my personal channel for stupid videos and various testing.

    Thank you for the personal attacks, considering I haven't made a single nasty or personal comment to you. Your comments here show a lack of maturity, I will not stoop to that level and reply to the silly commentary you have there.

    On a side-note, you look like Brian Peppers.

  35. Kind of – it was getting very hot with the stock heatsink and fans, so I took that thing apart to make a custom heatsink last year and haven't worked on it since.

    Honestly, the thing is outperformed by todays integrated AMD graphics in both performance, screen quality, and in battery life, so I just got bored with it. I have it sitting next to my desk here, so I might play around with it a bit, but eh..

  36. You're heating the chips in the hopes that the solder joints that connect them to the motherboard are re-flowed and re-solidified.

    What allegedly happened with the nVidia Geforce Go 7 & 8 series chipsets is that they had very poor heat dissipation (likely caused by the lack of cooling on the laptops) and would go through heating and cooling cycles that would cause micro cracks in the solder.

  37. Depends on how much time you have, because I can assure you, if this is your first time opening a laptop, it will take you two times as long to reassemble the thing.

    You have to remove all of the screws underneath the laptop, then flip it over, pop the panel that covers the speakers and power buttons from the side using a flat-head screwdriver, Then remove the screws that are now exposed and remove the keyboard. Unplug the keyboard and touchpad, then remove the other exposed keys. Fun, right?

  38. I just got a year out of my computer from doing this. And my GPU has died again, so i'm about to retry this. The copper penny that I used I don't think transfered heat as well due to the grooves in the penny, so I will use a copper shim this time. Let's see if I can get it to work for another year HAHA! The whole reason why this continues to happen on modern computers is because they stopped using lead. If they had used lead solder it would not be getting these micro fractures.

  39. You can always do it again. It's not necessarily a permanent fix, because the laptop still gets really hot and goes through those heating and cooling cycles, which causes the microfractures in the solder. But yeah, you can pick up an A6 laptop cheap that will blow the Everex away in performance. My personal combo is an i5/i7 and a nVidia GeForce 630/640M or better for decent gaming on a budget.

  40. Hello,
    I'm having a laptop problem and not sure what to do. I have Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pa2510, I was surfing the internet when suddenly it shut down. I turned back on and the screen went black, I can hear the fan spinning, but there's no sound. I took out the battery, unplugged, I've tried everything, it would not boot either. I don't know if there's problem with any of its components. If the GPU might not be the problem, is it still worth to try?

  41. It's possible. That laptop doesn't have the same GPU that had all the issues like the one featured in this video, but if it's dead and you don't want to put the money into having it properly diagnosed, it's certainly worth a shot.

    Keep in mind, you can buy a laptop for $300 USD that will outperform the one you have, so I wouldn't put that much money into repairing it.

  42. Hi, i tried to register on ur forum but im ip is banned oO
    I have Amilo Pa 3553 it has this onboard crossfire thingy…HD 3200 (RS780M) chipset and dedicated Mobility Radeon HD 3470 MXM2 card, it turns on and runs but no picture….
    My Question is, which one is the maincard? I can change the MXM2 card but the not the video chipset, can you help me?

  43. I think I fixed that forum problem now lol..

    Regarding the Hybrid CrossfireX between the motherboard graphics and the MXM slot, I'm not 100% sure. As far as I can tell, the MXM slot has to be occupied for the laptop to boot, but those chips are user replaceable.

    Try removing the chip and heating it with the heatgun like in this video. Worse case scenario, nothing changes and you're back to square-one.

  44. Amazon, Newegg, or Walmart. ASUS has some nice laptops. I'm working on a video on the X501A-WH01 right now. It's not bad now that I "downgraded" to Windows 7 and upgraded to 4GB of DDR3

  45. hey guys please help i have an old Fujitsu Pa 3553 laptop it boots normal and it manage to get to the desktop but in 2-3 minutes of usage the laptop freezes and there isnt any bluescreen error and it doesnt crases it just standas where it is.I tryied to get a new hard disk and i raplaced my ram memory but the problem stayes the same pls help and sorry for my bad english 😛

  46. This is an awesome trick. My old Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H250 experienced the same issue. It had just died on my while I was away for an hour or so and when I got back it wouldn't boot. Black screen and a beep code (GPU error?). So I took the laptop apart and used this trick. It works andt still working a few hours later. At least I could backup my work in case it dies again. Only thing though was that I accidentally melted some plastic parts inside. Recommendation: remove entire motherboard!

  47. I'm assuming it doesn't get to Windows and just gets stuck on a frozen screen? It won't hurt to try and reflow the chip again, since it doesn't work right now anyway, but it could be a problem with the motherboard or many other things.

    The laptop shown in this video had a nVidia 8000 series GPU, which along with the 7000 series were prone to having GPU issues. It looks like your GPU is an ATI HD 3470, so it could be a different problem – mobo, north bridge, etc. Could even be a bad stick of RAM

  48. This is meant specifically for the laptops with nVidia GeForce Go 7 & 8 series graphics cards. If you have a specific issue, you can ask on the forums linked in the description

  49. "Heat gun reflow soldering" would fit best.

    Reflow soldering is generally done with professional equipment, but obviously with a now 6 year old laptop, anything more than $20-30 is probably not worth the money.

  50. When the solder there has melted, the chip has been heated sufficiently enough to reflow the solder. I had leaded solder, which has a lower melting point, so I waited just a bit longer for the chip to reflow.

  51. Yes, there are many possibilities. Bad RAM normally gives a beep code or shows up as an error while attempting to POST, but it's possible that it is preventing the thing from booting completely. Poorly seated RAM can cause that, too.

  52. This video is older than the laptop was at the time of recording this, so if it works for you, cool. If you have a negative opinion on why this isn't a "proper" repair, you probably missed the part of the video where duct tape, aluminum foil, and a heatgun were used. My original repair lasted over a year before it crapped out again, so YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). I've said this before, if repairing this is worth $150+ to you, then get it properly fixed. Just know that without proper cooling, you'll be in the same boat later on. Or… you can spend $28 and give this a shot.
    — Shane ( the guy in the video)

  53. hi thk for the vid. i have a really old fujitsu laptop. just a question. when i switch on my laptop it runs fine but after a few mins the screen will turn black. any ideas? Thanks

  54. I have a hp DV7-4272us laptop and when I turn it on it sounds like it's booting up but the screen stays ball and the led on the caps lock button constantly blinks. I have read it's the GPU, do you know how easily that is to fix or change and can it be done by me without taking it into a shop and paying a fortune. Plz help thanks.

  55. the asian description to such problems and solving it is more detailed. Heat used, approximately time of heating. also they heating both sides of the bord..

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