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    Default What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    I have a VAIO laptop that has streaks of color through the display as the BIOS screen and WINDOW Welcome screen display, then the screen goes black and freezes. In the BIOS setup all of the words are heiroglyphics. Booting into the Safe Mode displays lines of heiroglyphics and after several seconds of scrolling files, the screen freezes. Does this sound like a motherboard?
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    Default Re: What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    Looks like a GPU issue. Do you have nVidia 8xxx series?

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    Default Re: What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    All I can tell you is my own experience...when my motherboard failed, my computer would not turn on at all (desktop).
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    Default Re: What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    That could be a bad video cable (they are pretty fragile) or the GPU is failing. Either way, something inside probably needs replacing, the only question is will it be a $30 part or a $200 part.

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    Default Re: What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    Yes indeed. It could have been a bad video cable connecting through the keyboard to the screen. It doesn't sound like a motherboard problem, because I've had one and it turned on perfectly fine, but didn't do anything after that...
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    Default Re: What are the symptoms of a motherboard failure?

    If the GPU is integrated into the motherboard then the above speculations could be correct. But, without the specific model/specs then there is no real way to know. It does however sound like GPU failure.
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