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My computer seems to be overheating I'm not positive. It randomly shuts down and then when i turn it back on it gives me the usual start up screen but with white lines on the left hand side only and after that to the load up screen to vista i get gibberish running down in the same area. Any suggestions?

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  • mechanize Jan 27, 2009

    thanks a lot guys ill try all of your suggestions!

  • mechanize Jan 27, 2009

    Okay tried both of your suggestions. (okay when starting up its little black dots forming lines going down the left hand side sorry for the miscommunication) I tried the restore point but I guess for some reason one of the points didnt save so I have none sweet deal! Also it doesnt allow me to go go anywhere past the windows load up screen

  • Bruce Volkers
    Bruce Volkers May 11, 2010

    This seems to be more a monitor problem than the computer. Do you see the same if you try a different monitor?

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The crashes have likely corrupted the boot record on your hard drive. there are some utilities that may be on your windows install disk, or perhaps your anti-virus installation disk. You are looking for something like FDISK/MBR OR FIXBOOT. There may be similar utilities if looking at the A-V disk.
After you restore the boot sector and get the system up again, set that restore point you mentioned. Then you still need to address the original heat problem. Suggest you check the heatsink on the processor, remove excessive dust dragons with compressed air.
Also inspect the motherboard for defective capacitors. Bad caps will cause such issues, I've had them myself. Bad caps usually show visible signs such as swelled ends. A good tech with a good iron can remove and replace the caps, and the parts are cheap. Or you can replace the Mobo but that means a fresh install of windows.

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  • Perhaps it's overheating, or maybe your graphics card is?
  • I'd suggest, if it's a desktop, to open it and make sure you see and hear that all the fans are running properly.
  • As an extra troubleshooting step, have a big fan of some sort Safely blowing into the open case of your computer
  • Then start up windows, and see if it cuts off like usual.
If it does, maybe it's not so much of a heat issue, So put everything back together like usual.
  • Then you could 1st create a System Restore point (in case something goes wrong,but if you do it right, it should be fine), and then after doing so, try reinstalling your Display driver.
  • If that doesn't fix it, you can just use System Restore to restore your computer back to the point before you reinstalled the display driver (if doing so messed it up somehow.)
I hope this Helps.

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