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* Asus N61JQ Owners Lounge *

Discussion in 'ASUS Reviews and Owners' Lounges' started by GregW, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Vlad_The_Unknown

    Vlad_The_Unknown Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would stay with Win 7, I'm not sure you'll have any gains with Win10. But if you have Win 10 keep it
    Install all the latest drivers listed here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/asus-n61jq-drivers-support-thread.732482/. For the GPU driver use Catalyst 13.4 if Win 7, the latest if Win 10.
    I would suggest you to upgrade first the HDD to an SSD and place the HDD in a caddy in the DVD slot. Then if you have the money upgrade the CPU and the RAM.
     
  2. serenadezzz

    serenadezzz Notebook Enthusiast

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    My laptop is officially dead, i had a great time with it, but it's time to renew it. Thanks for all the information i got from this thread!!

    RIP Asus N61JQ Nov 2010 - Jan 2017
     
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  3. chez9891

    chez9891 Newbie

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    Anyone still using this beauty?

    I moved back to using this as my primary work/gaming laptop about 2 years back. It is still chugging along after I replace the battery, upgraded the RAM (8 GB), upgraded to SSD, and replaced the thermal paste. It simply refuses to die.

    Using it since Jan 2010.
     
  4. jlklein

    jlklein Newbie

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    Hi folks,
    First post here, I'm trying to follow some of the links on the BSOD issue and it keeps taking me to the "http://forum.notebookreview.com/" page, so I think the links are broken. Does anyone know if they can be modified to work?

    In a nutshell, my daughter bought an ASUS N61JQ off of eBay and it's just been one problem after another. The old, "oh we're just selling it because we never use it anymore" line. I highly suspect they may have dropped it. Main issues were BSODs, power shutting off randomly (like when you hold down the power button), or shutting down when you plug into a USB port (like it got grounded out or something), sometimes even moving the power plug. I'd also opened it up a few times and made sure everything was clean internally as well, i.e. fans and anything around cooling fins or piping. We also replaced ram, tried one stick then the other, etc, with no change. Then her hard drive crashed hard and I'm still trying to recover data from it. A new hard drive got it back up and running, but it's still having the same old power issues.

    Anyway, she ended up throwing in the towel and buying a new ASUS GL753VE as she is an avid Youtuber and does Voiceover work as well and needed to cut her losses. However, as I highly suspect the motherboard may just be damaged beyond repair (since it's what all of these connections have in common), I wonder if I might be able to replace the motherboard and resurrect it (Daddy needs a better laptop, too <g>). I've also read of some issues with the gpu overheating over time and possibly causing cold solder joints and intermittent connections, but I haven't been able to figure out if that's a separate card or part of the motherboard.

    Any thoughts on this? If everything's on the motherboard and swapping it out has a good chance of bringing it back to life, I'm game for that (I was a Nuke Electronics Tech in the Navy and work in networked AV nowadays, so am no stranger to PC and laptop work). I just don't know if it's worth it.

    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Jeff
     
  5. serenadezzz

    serenadezzz Notebook Enthusiast

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    The first thing i would do is disable the Ethernet port on BIOS, at least for me it solved the random BSOD and freezes.
     
  6. c300g97

    c300g97 Newbie

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    Guys a quick question about this notebook, im having it repaired in a tech lab near my city, and it will most likely require a gpu chip replacement from hd 5730 to the hd5650 (extremely cheap on ebay, swappable because of same BGA)..
    Now i wanted to know, if i can change the battery with a more powerful one, because the original is dead and i was using a 4400mah third party that gaves to the notebook a 1h 30mins of capability..
    I'm just wondering what kind of batteries a32-m50 i can use here, because once i ordere one that was pretty big and 6600mah and it fit and worked great, but the screen couldn't open completely because it was blocked by the bigger battery in the back, any ideas?
     
  7. Vlad_The_Unknown

    Vlad_The_Unknown Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi! Good luck with the repair!
    Concerning batteries, as far as I know there are only 4400 and 6600 mAh versions and the latter sticks out of the notebook frame and blocks the screen, as you said. I would suggest to continue using the 3rd party 4400 mAh that you have.
    Cheers
     
  8. c300g97

    c300g97 Newbie

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    Hi , fortunately the notebook got repaired and it wasn't a defective gpu chip but the bios chip instead ....
    So they replaced it and gave the notebook with the clean hdd, as curios as i am i tried to install Windows 10 but it worked just for a few days then it started gaving strange bsods regarding drivers of wifi or gpu or sd card ecc..
    So i swapped to 7 with original latest drivers from asus support page of the notebook, and it's working great even with games , but i still have a question... I know the latest amd crimson driver causes issues with this ati radeon hd 5730 , with brightness in particular but there are out there drivers that do work with this chip that are not from 2010? Because the latest driver from asus is so old, that some light games from 2012 refuse to run because require newer ones.. :(
     
  9. Vlad_The_Unknown

    Vlad_The_Unknown Notebook Enthusiast

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    I reinstalled Win 7 few months ago and I used all the latest drivers listed here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/asus-n61jq-drivers-support-thread.732482/. For the GPU driver with Win7 first use Catalyst 13.4, then you may try Radeon Crimsom drivers 16.2.1.
    I had trouble to install the video drivers Catalyst 13.4 due to the driver's signature being unexplainably unrecognized. So I tried to install the Radeon Crimsom drivers 16.2.1 (non-whql-64bit-nieg-radeon-crimson-16.2.1-win10-win8.1-win7-feb27 from AMD website) and succeeded. To fix the black screen problem I applied the backlight fix from Shpati, setting "KMD_EnableBrightnessInterface2" to "1". My Windows score for GPU and graphics increased both to 6.9.
     
  10. c300g97

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    Thank you for the answer , i will try out.
     
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