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display / video card problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by qwertyjjj, Dec 26, 2010.

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  1. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Thread Starter

    Mar 3, 2007
    I was just using my laptop to view a website and the entire LCD screen went blank.
    On restarting, there were a load of commas all across the bottup screen. SUbsequent screens show regula rpatterns of orange aquares and or flickering blue squares.
    I cannot get to the XP login prompt to do anything else so I started it up in safe mode and could login and see the desktop but the screen still has blue squares across it but in the background (ie XP OS screen is overlayed successfully).
    Any ideas on what this could be?

    I have done 2 system restore to earlier points with no change.
    I think the only options are a boot virus or more likely because of the safe mode operation that it is a video card or driver problem?

    Images: http://img411.imageshack.us/g/img3788cg.jpg/

    Edit: I just uninstalled the driver and started up in safe mode and the main display worked but still had those blue squares across the screen.
    On trying to reinstall the dell nvidia driver, I got an error about the display imgmirror not working and to restart, still no luck after that.
    Now on uninstalling the driver, I restart and just get a blank screen AFTER the Windows XP splash shows. So, I can use the computer in safe mode or without the driver but no other way.

    Text file with report can be found here:

    Any ideas what to try next?
  2. N_reverie


    Dec 27, 2010
    Sounds an awful lot like the graphics card is going out, I've seen things like that happen with the hard drive going out too though. How old is this system? Are there any clicking noises or anything like that coming from the computer?
  3. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Thread Starter

    Mar 3, 2007
    Nothing like that but the fan stays on whenever CPU is up at 1.7 GHz.
    Every so often I start the computer and the CPU is limited to 480MHz for no apparent reason so I have to restart - could be linked to the GPU issue I suppose or the CPU is frying as well.

    Syetm is about 6 years old. I'm told that's pretty old for a gaming GPU like the geforce go
  4. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

    Mar 26, 2002
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    When you are talking about blocks/squares like that. It's more the video card than anything in my experience. I would speak to the manufacturer for any guidance.
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