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Hi  i have a desktop emac 1.25 GHz 80gb and every so often  i get what i think must be a graphics problem where i get verry thin lines in all directions across the screen  its verry hard to explain but the screen freezez when i get this problem hope you can help !! thanks

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Graphic card appears to be broken, you may have to change it (very cheap)

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