Black screen on boot up, GPU? What must be done?


New Member
Jul 9, 2012
Heya, I am purchasing what I believe to be a M17X R2, p8600 2.4Ghz C2D, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M. The computer has a few issues, most of which I can live with, except for this main one. On boot up, the screen is black and no picture is shown. I was thinking that this could either be a dead graphics card, or the display connector is loose. Im hoping its the second one for obvious reasons.

This happened when the previous owner was playing GTA 4 on medium graphics setting, the computer froze and then hard crashed. When turned on, the computer screen is black then screen goes blue. This has also happened on previous occasions with other games, but the computer would continue to run.

What do you guys think might be the issue? What might have to be replaced? What could I upgrade it with?