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Laptop with Fuzzy Screen

My Dell 600M is around 4 years old and the screen now gets fuzzy after being powered up for around 10-15 minutes.
The fuzziness is lines that are both horizontal and vertical. It is usually preceded by the laptop getting very hot (sometimes too hot to touch underneath near the RAM.)
The process is accelerated when I play video and it is completely stopped when I use the laptop on top of a big cooling fan.
When I attach an external screen the fuzziness shows up on both screens.
I tried removing a stick of RAM to no avail. I have also cleaned out the parts inside.
Thanks for your help.

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  • boruchn Dec 25, 2008

    I tried a cooler with a fan but it has no effect. Only a full size room fan (like the 20" type) worked.
    Thanks anyway!


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It sounds like your video card is overheating.

Try getting one of the laptop coolers from bestbuy or other store. They separate the laptop from the table, allowing more air to flow and cool it. The good ones even have a fan to help it.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

  • Marcelo Antelo Dec 25, 2008

    Sorry to hear that.

    You can also try lowering the processor frequency. Lower frequency means less heat. Usually you can find some options in the BIOS. Or find some software to do it from the net.

    The other thing you can try, is replacing your hard drive (another heat source) with a SSD drive (much less heat), although that's probably expensive.


    Best of wishes.


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