I have a Compaq that has been doing fine until today. The screen is split with a black line into 4 images that are all the same. The comp. itself works, but its images are in fourths and hard to read. Please help!
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Re: The screen has 4 duplicate images
Here's what to do: first find a way to hook up to and external monitor and see if the picture is the same if so then its a ruined motherboard which is too expensive to repair otherwise its a screen or a ribbon cable that connects to a screen that can be fixed at a store or if you know how to then by a screen off ebay and put it in but first find out if its a cable or screen
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You didn't supply the make , model of laptop or the OS you are using? Has there been any damage? Dropped? Open Control Panel, Display adapter, Uninstall the Graphics adapter, reboot. Allow the Windows OS to apply the generic driver. post results with info.
Either your LCD Video Cable is not plugged in snuggly or the monitor is slowly going bad. The fact that you can see the images on an external monitors says your Video Graphics Card is working fine. You'll need to disassemble the laptop to get to the cables. Get a quote from your local computer shops, then try the guys at: http://www.generalsystemsconsulting.com Most times they will fix it and ship it back by Fedex or UPS cheaper than any quote you obtained including the shipping.
Can you check the function buttons and make sure the primary display is set to show the output on the laptop. Try repairing your OS. If not then re-install the os. As you are saying till the time windows gets loaded, all works fine so it seems the issue isn't really the hardware.
First, plug a external monitor and toggle the screen with ALT+F5 to check that the video card and software are working correctly.
If the image is correct in the external screen you have a hardware problem, in the LCD or its cabling.
You can get the replacement parts here and change it yourself: