GeForce 8400M GT problems
So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?
So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?

#1
Posted 05/04/2009 08:04 PM   
[quote name='curlyred' post='537513' date='May 4 2009, 09:04 PM']So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?[/quote]

Hey I just had the same problems. It appears to be a normal thing for this video card (http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=268277).

I also tried to open my computer so that I could replace the video card, but it is part of the motherboard, so no luck. See [url="http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-sony-vaio-vgn-fz220-repair-power-jack/"]http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-s...air-power-jack/[/url] if you want to take your computer apart. Your video card should be underneath the brass heatsink closest to the side of the laptop.
[quote name='curlyred' post='537513' date='May 4 2009, 09:04 PM']So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?



Hey I just had the same problems. It appears to be a normal thing for this video card (http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=268277).



I also tried to open my computer so that I could replace the video card, but it is part of the motherboard, so no luck. See http://www.insidemylaptop.com/take-apart-s...air-power-jack/ if you want to take your computer apart. Your video card should be underneath the brass heatsink closest to the side of the laptop.

#2
Posted 06/04/2009 05:57 AM   
Hello !

I guess you have a [url="http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1137385/nvidia-bad-bumps-worse"]defective chip[/url]. So depending on the country where you live, the solution may be [url="http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=98222"]consumer protection[/url] (and a free repair or replacement).

Good luck.
Hello !



I guess you have a defective chip. So depending on the country where you live, the solution may be consumer protection (and a free repair or replacement).



Good luck.

#3
Posted 06/05/2009 02:19 PM   
[quote name='curlyred' post='537513' date='May 4 2009, 03:04 PM']So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?[/quote]

Hi, I have exactly the same problem last night, with my Vaio VGN-FZ340EB.
I just passed my 1 year warranty. I am wondering whether there is an easy solution to it.
I know that there is extended warranty from my credit card company, but it's going to take much time to process.
[quote name='curlyred' post='537513' date='May 4 2009, 03:04 PM']So I recently started having the well known issues with the 8400M GT on my Sony Vaio VGN-FZ190: the driver crashes, the random lines of color on the screen, not being able to boot normally, etc. However, I'm a student and really don't have tons of cash to blow on a new computer, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to replace the card. Does anyone know if this would be possible, and what a good replacement card would be? I don't need anything too up to date, just a card that would give me relatively the same specs as the 8400 and not too expensive either. If I could replace the card, will all the video out ports still match up? What will I need to look for on a new card to make sure that it will fit and interface with the existing setup?



Hi, I have exactly the same problem last night, with my Vaio VGN-FZ340EB.

I just passed my 1 year warranty. I am wondering whether there is an easy solution to it.

I know that there is extended warranty from my credit card company, but it's going to take much time to process.

#4
Posted 08/31/2009 06:18 PM   
[quote name='Dun' post='584040' date='Aug 31 2009, 07:18 PM']Hi, I have exactly the same problem last night, with my Vaio VGN-FZ340EB.
I just passed my 1 year warranty. I am wondering whether there is an easy solution to it.
I know that there is extended warranty from my credit card company, but it's going to take much time to process.[/quote]

Sony will replace it for free now. Same thing happened to my Vaio the other day.

[url="http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item.pl?mdl=VGNFZ290&news_id=349"]http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item...amp;news_id=349[/url]
[quote name='Dun' post='584040' date='Aug 31 2009, 07:18 PM']Hi, I have exactly the same problem last night, with my Vaio VGN-FZ340EB.

I just passed my 1 year warranty. I am wondering whether there is an easy solution to it.

I know that there is extended warranty from my credit card company, but it's going to take much time to process.



Sony will replace it for free now. Same thing happened to my Vaio the other day.



http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/news-item...amp;news_id=349

#5
Posted 09/18/2009 07:30 PM   
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