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Black Screen, Matrix Code, the works...emergency

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by edwinfung, Dec 20, 2008.

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  1. edwinfung

    edwinfung Thread Starter

    Dec 20, 2008
    Hey all,

    I'm kind of freaking out since I have a final due in eight hours and my laptop went haywire on me. I've searched this forum and have tried some fixes to no avail.

    Earlier today, I was working on my Dell M70 laptop (FX1400 video card) and I was connected to a monitor via VGA. Suddenly, the screen froze and an error msg came on concerning my driver.

    I rebooted the laptop only to find my startup screen with vertical hash marks. The Windows XP load screen was fine but after that it went to a black screen. I rebooted in safe mode and this was this colorful pattern in the background (look like horizontal tire marks), then I uninstalled my video card in device manager, cleaned out the driver, and reinstalled the latest driver.

    No success.

    Can somebody help me out or point me in the right direction? I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    If the video corruption occurs on the BIOS splash screen or during the Windows splash screen then you have faulty hardware/video card and you'd have to replace that to resolve it - no quick fix.
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