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GPU problem on old Clevo p151sm-a?

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Hi all,

 

New user here, I’m running on a problem on my ~6 years old Clevo p151sm-a (with a GTX 880M + 32gb RAM) running windows 10.

 

First problem happened the other day while playing a relatively heavy graphics game. After a 2-3h playing, the status led lock indicators (caps, numbers…) started blinking, the fans went max speed and 10-20s after the laptop shuts down. I’ve read something similar, but in almost all the cases there was beeping, and that’s never been the case for me. Note that I played this game before for hundreds of hours, so it’s not the game itself.

 

Since then, every time I open the game the same problem happens.

I tried several things:

  • Same thing happens if I run the game while I disable the nvidia gtx using the device manager (forcing the game to run on the integrated intel gpu), so I guess that rules out the graphics card?
  • I can trigger the same problem by opening the Nvidia control panel (you know, the one with the nvidia “eye” rotating animation)
  • I also can trigger the blinking+restart by disabling BOTH the nvidia and the intel graphic cards on the device manager (the display turns low res and then it starts).
  • I noticed that before the led blinking, an indicator led switches on. Looking on the motherboard manual, this led is labelled as dGPU_PWR_EN
  • I opened the case and everything looks pretty normal. I tried to clean everything but nothing changed.

 

Note that once the laptop shuts down, I have to remove the battery before powering it on again, otherwise the problem starts at soon as I log in in windows.

Any clue/advice?

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