Dead graphics card. Checkerboard pattern?
So my graphics card seems to be dead. The screen works on and off, but when it does not work it shows a progressively changing checkerboard pattern. This occurs on the Laptop display, with an external monitor, through S-Video, and with "screen sharing".
What are my options?
Replace the Mother board?
Part it out and chuck the Mother Board?
Replace the graphics card? (not sure I can do that)
Cast a voodoo spell that fixes everything?
You ideas would be very much appreciated!
The "graphics card" is actually a graphics chip soldered to the main logic board in this PowerBook.
it does sound like a serious hardware problem relating to your graphics chip, as you've successfully ruled out the LCD display itself by trying the other display output choices.
casting a voodoo spell might be fun to try :) unfortunately your only real option is to replace the whole logic board, assuming the cost isn't too high to do so