Testing an intermittent GPU problem?
Photos of the problem:
*Read me* I upgraded this notebook to solid state with an SSD using an M.2 128GB (SATA)->IDE adapter. I calculated the partition size manually so I can get this right, since XP cannot be trusted to do it correctly AND my modern PC format resulted in a disk read error. This is why I clean installed XP on a configured system.
When it got past the installation, I noticed that screen glitch. I’ve already replaced the LVDS cable AND LCD to try and sort out previous problems, but it persists. Is there *any* way I can test the GPU to confirm it on such a horribly intermittent problem I can’t get to stick in a testable environment? This happened on the charger and it NEVER happened in the past that way. I’m hoping it’s the LVDS cable (even though it’ll annoy me) since it’s better then a board failure. Having to make this unit work is getting old and I’m just about out of patience to even bother finding the failure mode.
I have another unit I can prepare if I’m dealing with GPU problems - it’s not a regular failure on these but I’ve been told it happens enough I should watch for the signs it’s going to happen. This swap unit needs prep work (CMOS battery, SSD fit modification and thermal paste) but I can do that and may as well do all 3 at once since the unit needs to be opened either way.