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Dell xps 2010m display corruption and then lock up - what causes

My laptop has started to pixilate, if that is the right term, areasof the screen have lines or dots and just after that you can bet the thing will lock up.

I am guessing its overheating but the fan works - could it be graphics card memory?

Also I noted an earlier post said they had replaced the graphics card - how is this done and where do you get one from?


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  • kevin_hewits Feb 04, 2009

    Thanks for the approach - have done this. The refreshrate is 60 and latest drivers installed. Used it today without the power adapter - just on the battery and it behaved - until the battery gave out (45min) I then plugged in the power and and continued to use it, after about 5 minutes it shut down without any warning. Could this be a case of overheating - I am sure the fan is OK but do not know how to get to it - or anything else after removing the cover for the RAM. Kev

  • Naterjunk Apr 20, 2009

    Lines occur across applications, pixels are off colors on startup screens. Have gotten overheat restarts in the past, but added an external cooler. Believe the issue lies with the video card and probably its fan - just wanted more evidence before I start buying replacements.

    Kev - you can eBay the video card, or google xps m2010 video card and pick the retailer you prefer.


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Lets see what card is in there, it might be as simple as a driver or the refresh rate may be set to high. See what the refresh rate is set to, step it down to 60 and lets see what happens. I am Gymowner for the sake of communicating because we aren't in a live chat, I may lose you, so at least lets be sure we both can find each other Kevin, ok try tyat first, then get the latest driver for your card. My wife and I are both gamers, so I have had this problem myself, and I want to eliminate the card first

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