Help Serious Laptop Problems (Read 533 times)

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My laptop is two years old now, and for the most part, I haven't had any problems with it.  Part of the casing cracked, but I duct taped it, and since then it's been working fine.

But today I was looking at stuff online when suddenly it locked up completely and I heard a beep.  I figured it was no big deal because the battery was out of juice.  I went to class, and when I was done, got back on, plugged it in, and turned it on.

Nothing was working right.  The screen went blank and the computer just restarted itself.  I was pretty freaked out, but everything worked okay in safe mode.  This lead to the discovery that my graphics card was the problem.  With it disabled, my laptop runs fine (though it has horrible frame rate).  But the problems don't end there.  For some reason, I can't put my laptop into hibernation mode, which is a major inconvenience.  I looked at the power options in the control panel, and the hibernation and standby tabs are completely gone. 

I'm really upset because everything's been working great, and the day before NaNoWriMo, it totally flips out on me. 

Is there a way to replace a video card in a notebook, or at least check to see if it's been bumped out of place or something?  I think the video card has something to do with the hibernation, but I'm not sure.

Any help would be wonderful.
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I sincerely doubt that your video card could somehow have been dislodged from the motherboard. It'd take a miracle for that to occur. Hibernation is when the computer saves your internal RAM's state  to the hard disk drive so that you can resume work even after your computer's been completely shut down, much like using emulator save states. Since the video card broke down right as you became unable to hibernate, I guess it must have somehow triggered that problem, but it should be able to function without it.

This would be the point where I'd send my computer in for repairs.