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Dell XPS M1710 - Screen flickers at times when playing games

I am running XP with 4 gig of Ram. During game play parts of my screen with either have lines streaming from the objects on the screen on a diagonal line to other objects or at other times I have sections that are solid colors of triangles pointing to the center of the screen. This doesnt happen all the time...just when it seems to be running a little warmer.

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Hi,
reboot your system and at the blue dell logo tap the F2 Key, and now you will be at the bios screen

check if you get these lines at this screen on the screen and if you get these lines here as well, you might have a hardware problem call dell technical support for this, they will run a few diagnostics and if needed replace the faulty hard ware.

further Queries are welcome

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