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Freak accident set all settings to standard... I think. Please help!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by obrandow, May 31, 2009.

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  1. obrandow

    obrandow Thread Starter

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    So my wife was playing 'Roller Coaster Tycoon' when all of a sudden... blank screen, still powered on, can't do a thing. I was busy at the time and asked her to try and fix it (she's not cpu iliterate). She couldn't access the shutdown options or anything so she took the battery out (it's a laptop btw, HP Pavillion)
    After watching her fool with it for a while I decided to take a crack at it. I took the battery out a second time and it finally powered back up. Only everything on screen was blurry, out of resolution, mouse icons weren't popping up... it seemed like everything just set itself back to standard settings or like it was in safe mode (pictures are blurry and out of focus, colors and contrast are all screwed up, icons are invisible). After about an hour or so of tinkering with the settings it seemed like nothing was working, so the only conclusion I've been able to come to is that the graphics chip is blown from overheating (it's a Nividia about two or three years old).
    Is there anyone with an opinion on what to do or have had this or something similar happen before? Am I stuck with taking it to a repair man?

    P.S.
    I don't know if this helps, but my comp has been ramdomly shutting down and restarting alot lately. Does this maybe have anything to do with the recent problem?
     
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    seems like u might have to reinstal your video driver, go to the mfr website find your model laptop then navigate to the driver page...... dl the driver to a pen drive the n transfer to the lappy and install
    as far as it shutting down,pretty sure its overheating (very common for laptops) u might need to clean the dust out (from heatsink etc)
     
  3. By_Rock

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    Keep clean CPU fan and make sure air getting inside the laptop. You can always buy a cooling pad, it helps a lot about overheating. Try to use an external screen, if get same problem with external screen, this problem about the graphics card/chip is going bad (overheating). You gotta keep cool it down especially during games. Most laptop is dying after one year because of overheating.
     
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