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Help, video hardware error


Good day to you sir, hope you doin fine...
i got a problem with my acer aspire notebook quite semilar with ih8acernow but not as complicated as it seems. It's like the fisrt stage of his problem as stated on his post.
My screen will turned completely black in about 10 minutes when I'm watching a movie/video from the internet with the full screen mode but i can still hear the audio from it. It aslo occurs when I'm having a video chat using skype or yahoo messenger, it will suddenly stopped or froze then the screen turns black yet i can still hear the person on the other side and they can still see me, weird...
I can't do anything, except restarting my computer.... long press the power button then the windows starts at the safe mode.
Reports Problem and Solution gave me some of the available solution of my problem but unfortunately nothing seems to work.
I did try to update my display adapter which is NVIDIA geforce through windows automatic update and on the NVIDIA website itself but it says that i have the latest driver installed. I tried the windows hardware error tools, checking for error on my disk, nothing. I did System Restore countless times already.
Its been four months now, i got this problem on the first week.
Thanks a lot sir, and i hope you can help me with this...
More Power !!!!!


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Yes!! firstly consider the power saver issue located in the display setting.. its located in the control panel or simply right click on the desktop and select properties or personalize. it that fails please let me know and we can proceed further!!!.

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This seems like a windows power saver issue. One of the many settings for windows power options is the option of how long to remain idle before turning the monitor off. Issue is that XP and Vista both have issues recovering from this state. First solution to try is to turn off this setting. In either XP or Vista the power options can be accessed from either control panel or on the Screen Saver secton of the desktop personalization.

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