Fixing Compaq motherboard video

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Here’s how I fixed a Compaq Presario V6000 laptop motherboard with “no video” issue.

Also, this fix might work for the following HP/Compaq motherboards: HP Pavilion dv2000/dv6000/dv9000, Compaq Presario V3000 and probably some other models.

This repair might be harmful for your health and baking motherboard in an oven probably is a bad idea. It could be toxic. I did this repair for myself, at my own risk. If you decide to use these instructions, please do it at your own risk.


Problem description: I had an abandoned Compaq Presario V6000 computer. It was turning on when but after a few seconds turning off by itself. There was no video on internal screen or external monitor. I tried another AC adapter, new memory modules but it didn’t help. I was pretty sure the motherboard failed.

Research: After I did some research on the Internet, I found that this is a known problem with Pavilion dv2000/dv6000/dv9000 and Presario V3000/V6000 motherboards and most likely related to the graphics chip failure. The graphics chip is soldered to the motherboard. Apparently, there are bad solder joints between the chip and motherboard. Overtime the chip separates from the motherboard causing all kind of video problems.

Possible solution: One guy suggested baking the failed motherboard in a conventional oven preheated to 385 degrees Fahrenheit for exactly 8 minutes. This process should reflow the chip solder joints and give the motherboard a second life.

I had nothing to lose and decided to give it a try. Here’s how I did it step by step.

First of all, you’ll have to disassemble the laptop and remove the motherboard.


Remove all peripheral components installed on the motherboard (memory, cooling module, CPU, etc…). Remove all protective mylar tape. The motherboard will be baking at a very high temperature and all that can burn has to be removed.

Take pictures while stripping down the motherboard. They will help you to put all removed protective films back in proper locations.


This side of the board has been stripped down.

You can see the graphics chip on the right side from the CPU socket.


Remove all mylar from the other side of the motherboard. Disconnect the audio cable.


The motherboard will be seating in the oven on the baking pan. In order to elevate the motherboard above the baking pan I’ll use a few screws.


I installed screws in four corners of the motherboard. There are plenty holes for screws.


You can see there is a 3/4 inch gap between the board and desk surface. The graphics chip is facing up.


Place the motherboard on the baking pan. Make sure it’s not touching anything.

Preheat the conventional gas oven to 385 degrees Fahrenheit and place the board in the middle of the oven for 8 minutes. You’ll smell some burning plastic in about 6 minutes. :)

After that remove the baking pan with motherboard and let it cool down for about 30-40 minutes.

Assemble the laptop back together and see if it works.

This fix worked for me! After I assembled everything back together, it started properly right away. The video had no glitches.

The next time I explain how to repair the same issue using bubble wrap. This method requires no disassembly.

For more permanent fix check out graphics chip repair with a heat gun.

201 Responses

  1. Charl,

    you gone a die few months after this, it’s extremely toxic, i prefer pay for that

    I did this repair a few month ago and still walking. It was a fun project and I’m just sharing my experience.
    By the way, soldering at home (without proper ventilation) is not good too.
    Anyways, thank you for the note.
    Just in case, I placed a warning right at the beginning of this post so people can think before doing that.
    Thanks again.

  2. you gone a die few months after this, it’s extremely toxic, i prefer pay for that

  3. I have done the baking trick twice and after a few weeks of use it dies again. It is a short fix. If there is a better one please let me know, thanks


    ON MY COMPAQ V6000 !!!

  5. I have a HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop that has been “dead” for around 5 months now. I’d looked around the internet and figured the Nvidia chip was most likely the problem but I hadn’t been brave enough to try the reflow fix. All the reflow videos I’d watched made it seem very complicated. So when I found this page tonight (and the step-by-step disassembly instructions also on this site) I figured I really had nothing to lose. I was very skeptical, I mean cooking a motherboard does not sound good! lol. But after several hours of taking apart, baking, and putting back together I am now typing this on my “dead” laptop. It’s been resurrected!! :) Thanks for the awesome instructions!!

  6. Wilfred van Ingen

    Absolute great!! worked on my HP DV6000 laptop was completly dead, after following your instructions its running like new again.

    Thanks a lot,

  7. Worked great with a F700 Compaq presario laptop, this is the 3rd. time i did this procedure, the others two with dv2000 and dv6000 hp laptops and still working both, great job.

  8. The same problems to HP DV2000/6000/9000, Compaq Presario V3000/6000. It’s all about poor motherboard/graphic chips and terrible case designs to produce heating problem.

    I still am thinking “baking mobo” is not safe. Becuase in the mobo, are there not only graphic chips but also many capacitors and resistors etc which are very weak at heating.

    PC/Laptop repair technicians use certain machines for reflowing/reballing mobos and chips. But alternatively they use also heat guns so that they can heat up only targeting graphic chips or specific parts of mobos.

    Thanks to my heat gun, I could fix some laptops.

    But anyway, what you did deserves my thumb up.

    Great job!

  9. Jeremy,

    I have to admit being a skeptic…who’da thunk to bake the mobo in the oven. But it worked, laptop fired up right off, no issues. This also had the added benefit of fixing the wireless that crapped out 6 months ago!!

    I was skeptical too when I decided to try it but… the it worked great and the laptop still runs fine. :)

  10. I have to admit being a skeptic…who’da thunk to bake the mobo in the oven. But it worked, laptop fired up right off, no issues. This also had the added benefit of fixing the wireless that crapped out 6 months ago!!

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