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Dotted lines going down my screen

I was playing a game and the game graphics stoped the game and started to blink a bit so i just rebooted it the game would not let me out so i just did a reboot everything was fine till i started it up the next day and no screen i already updated my bios and most recent graphic drive i had that problem for awhile but i fixed that and there is another problem it will say during boot with the dotted line and a bit of distortin but readable it will say "miising operating system" but some times it will not say that and just boot up but during the small loading bar (win Vista home premium) it has the lines but when it gets to the screen to log in it looks fine and when im in win vista it looks fine what hte hell is the problem i have been fixing pc for 15 years and i dont know what this stuff is.... also so i took out the hard drive and put in a old one that works fine with sam os on it and stil i have dotted lines so its eather the screen or the graphics card but it maybe the screen i dont want to fix somthing that is not broke thanks for reading if you need more info ill let you know here is the model number too
889201U

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Bad connection from your hard drive to the laptops motherboard. ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/62p9631.pdf page 63 tells you how to remove the hard drive - I would take it out, clean the connections with rubbing alchohol, and FIRMLY put it back and see if it will come up then.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

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The Thinkpad T23 is old, and would not worth fixing. Save your money on a new one.
The problem with your laptop is that the hard disk or the disk controller has failed and therefore cannot find the operating system on the hard disk. The error message states that it can't see the operating system that is on the hard disk.
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If the hard disk is the only thing that has failed then you can buy a new hard disk and install Windows operating system on it to get a working laptop again. You will also most likely need to download the device drivers (ie. video, audio, modem, LAN adapter etc.) from IBM to install after the Windows installation.

Try to borrow a 2.5" drive or get a cheap one from a computer market and fit it to your laptop to see if the BIOS can detect the hard drive. If it works then outlay some money to buy a decent size hard drive, no point wasting money if the laptop is faulty.
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Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Vertical lines on thinkpad T43p screen.

You have identified the fault is the video card, I am in agreement. The fault is on the motherboard and a replacement motherboard is the only fix. This may not be a cost effective solution, I would recommend you put your money towards a new laptop.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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