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    • I came across this discussion recently and just wanted to give my experience of A Shade Greener that may help others regarding their boiler finance agreement.
       
      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
       
      After a summer of discontent with ASG I discovered that if you have paid HALF the agreement or more you can legally return the boiler to them at no cost to yourself. I've just returned mine the feeling is liberating.
       
      It all started mid summer during lockdown when they refused to service our boiler because we didn't have a loft ladder or flooring installed despite the fact AS installed the boiler. and had previosuly serviced it without issue for 4yrs. After consulting with an independent installer I was informed that if this was the case then ASG had breached building regulations,  this was duly reported to Gas Safe to investigate and even then ASG refused to accept blame and repeatedly said it was my problem. Anyway Gas Safe found them in breach of building regs and a compromise was reached.
       
      A month later and ASG attended to service our boiler but in the process left the boiler unusuable as it kept losing pressure not to mention they had damaged the filling loop in the process which they said was my responsibilty not theres and would charge me to repair, so generous of them! Soon after reporting the fault I got a letter stating it was time we arranged a powerflush on our heating system which they make you do after 5 years even though there's nothing in the contract that states this. Coincidence?
       
      After a few heated exchanges with ASG (pardon the pun) I decided to pull the plug and cancel our agreement.
       
      The boiler was removed and replaced by a reputable installer,  and the old boiler was returned to ASG thus ending our contract with them. What's mad is I saved in excess of £1000 in the long run and got a new boiler with a brand new 12yr warranty. 
       
      You only have to look at TrustPilot to get an idea of what this company is like.
       
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
       
      If it was me I would send them all a CCA request.   I would bet that not one will provide the correct response and you can quite legally stop paying them until such time as they do provide a response.   Even when they do you should check back here as they mostly send dodgy photo copies or generic rubbish that has no connection with your supposed debt.
       
      The money you are paying them should, as far as you are able, be put to a savings account for yourself and as a means of paying of one of these fleecers should they ever manage to get to to the point of a successful court judgement.  After six years they will not be able to start court action and that money will then become yours.
       
      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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Hi,

 

My laptop (Alienware m9700) display/graphics card has partially died.

 

On boot I get the Bios flash and windows xp loading bar but as soon as windows loads the display goes dead, not blank, it just shuts off.

 

On boot up the graphics cards (2xNvidia 256mbs in SLI) start, they generate heat and the fans start spinning, on windows startup they just stop.

 

In safe mode the display works so I scrubbed the drivers and replaced them with the latest ones, and the same problem occurred. Then i reset the computer to its "out fo the box" settings and drivers, the same problem occurs.

 

Opened her up and replaced the CPU and main graphics chip heat pads with proper paste as the pads had melted to where the chips where in direct contact with the heat sink. (The laptop is out of warranty so fiddling around wont void my warranty). Problem still occurs.

 

Anyone have any ideas on what to do, as its out of warranty and I have exhausted my computer knowledge, and dont really have the money to get it repaired, laptop repair is very expensive!

 

Only good thing to come oout of this is I resurrected my 8 yr old desktop and with some elbow grease and £50 worth of components I got it to run GTA4 (at low settings, but it still runs!).

 

Thanks.

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The only thinkg I can think of that does not meen the laptop is completely broken is if the resolution is set out of the screen's range.

 

Boot into safe mode, change the resolution down to the minimum then reboot normally. Lets see if that helps.

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yep woth a try

also try vga mode

 

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If it boots into Safe Mode and the display is ok, it looks more like a software problem than a hardware one.

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Thanks for the replies.

 

I have tried every display setting in safe mode, but as soon as I reboot the graphics cards switch off and the display goes blank.

 

Thats why I think its a problem with the vid cards, or maybe something with the SLI connectors. I really dont think its software related as I have tried all combinations of drivers and settings.

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i'm puzzled by your comment the graphics cards switch off

 

what do you mean...i take it - the screen goes blank.

 

what does it do on an external monitor?

 

and have you checked that no muppet has set windows in normal mode to switch to an external monitor only

typically a Fn + Number Key

 

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NO DCA has ANY legal powers whatsoever on ANY debt no matter what it's Type

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are NOT and can NEVER  be BAILIFFS. even if a debt has been to court..

 

If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

 

 

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As I said earlier, the laptop boots up and starts to load windows, as soon as windows loads the display goes blank, as in it is not on. If I check the vid cards during boot I can see them start to work (i.e. fans spin and they heat up) but as soon as windows loads, they stop working (i.e. fans stop and cards cool down).

And, yeah, its not set to external monitor only.

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can you switch to external monitor?

try booting with one connected

i've known that to cure weird issues.

 

what puzzled me is the working in safemode

if the cards were dead, they would not work at all.

 

but i must admit this sounds a wee bit more involved.

 

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If everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's Tomorrow, their industry would collapse overnight... 

 

 

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Have you tried a complete OS re-install?

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can you switch to external monitor?

try booting with one connected

i've known that to cure weird issues.

 

what puzzled me is the working in safemode

if the cards were dead, they would not work at all.

 

but i must admit this sounds a wee bit more involved.

 

dx

 

I believe in safe mode the graphics are done by the motherboard (it might have a crappy graphics chip on it).

 

And yes, i have done a full re-install of the OS.

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The basic drivers don't put any load on the graphics cards, as windows loads and the graphics drivers load the cards can't take it and cut off.

Go in safe mode and uninstall the graphics drivers, then let windows start, it should start, if it's vista or 7 it could auto load the drivers that will again kill the cards, and new cards cost more than the laptops worth, that's if you can find them.

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nvidia cards in some laptops especially hp dv6000 have a problem which could mean the graphics chip might need reballing (basically using a laser machine to remove the graphics chip clean the solder then reball the chip and place back on motherboard ) the problem can be intermittent. safe mode might work because you are not putting a load on the graphics chip. youtube has lots of videos explaining the reballing service

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nvidia cards in some laptops especially hp dv6000 have a problem which could mean the graphics chip might need reballing (basically using a laser machine to remove the graphics chip clean the solder then reball the chip and place back on motherboard ) the problem can be intermittent. safe mode might work because you are not putting a load on the graphics chip. youtube has lots of videos explaining the reballing service

 

That's exactly the problem I've had with both an hp DV2000 and dv6000 laptop.

 

I solved both by spending less than £100 on an Aoyue rework station with a hot air tip cleaned and fluxed then reflowed the GPU's. The basic one is about £30 if you don't plan on doing much soldering.

 

Got the cost of the station back straight off on the laptops and am comfortably into profit as it's the perfect tool for curing the infamous red ring of death on many xboxes. (Quite contrary to all the internet postings about that being crable with x clamps etc).

 

If you don't fancy doing it yourself, I suggest you dissassemble the mobo and trawl your local independent mobile phone shops as these places often have access to an SME rework station for the chips in mobile phones.

 

It's quite easy to do just flux (paste) the solder around the GPU and gently heat with the gun, you'll see the solder reflowing, no contact neccesary or indeed recommended.

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That's exactly the problem I've had with both an hp DV2000 and dv6000 laptop.

 

I solved both by spending less than £100 on an Aoyue rework station with a hot air tip cleaned and fluxed then reflowed the GPU's. The basic one is about £30 if you don't plan on doing much soldering.

 

Got the cost of the station back straight off on the laptops and am comfortably into profit as it's the perfect tool for curing the infamous red ring of death on many xboxes. (Quite contrary to all the internet postings about that being crable with x clamps etc).

 

If you don't fancy doing it yourself, I suggest you dissassemble the mobo and trawl your local independent mobile phone shops as these places often have access to an SME rework station for the chips in mobile phones.

 

It's quite easy to do just flux (paste) the solder around the GPU and gently heat with the gun, you'll see the solder reflowing, no contact neccesary or indeed recommended.

 

Hi Jasper, can you give me some info on the rework station you've got, I'm interested in getting one, but no idea on the best(value)one.

Thanks.

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