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Yup, Jing is a great alternative to Camstudio that can be used to record screen on Windows XP, but note that its free version has 5 minutes' recording limitation. Thus you may try this free screen recorder, it's totally free and features recording screen, taking screenshots, uploading videos to youtube.com and many more.
I would say you either have a damaged inverter board or screen baclight lamp. Usually the inverter board fails in one of the following ways:
1. When you turn on the laptop, the screen lights up for a short period of time and then goes dark. You still can see an image but it is very dark, almost invisible and definitely not usable. When you restart the laptop, the screen lights up and then goes dark again. The laptop works fine with an external monitor. 2. Your laptop turns on but the screen remains dark all the time. You still can see a very dim image outline. The laptop works fine with an external monitor. 3. The laptop screen works fine for hours or even days, but sometimes it goes very dark as it mentioned above. When you restart the laptop, the screen works fine again.
Inverter failure symptoms are very similar to backlight lamp failure symptoms and in most cases you cannot tell which one is causing the problem until you replace either the inverter board or the backlight lamp. From my personal experience, inverter boards fail more often than backlight lamps. If you have to guess, replace the inverter first.
Since the screen is dim, the display's inverter board needs to be replaced.
If you were experiencing discoloration in the screen (pinkish lower light hues) before it failed, that would indicate a CCFL backlight issue. If the screen suddenly went dim on you rather than a slow degradation, the inverter would be indicated.
Hmm well the post beeps tell me it is memory issue. Actually it tell me it is a video memory issue but since most laptops use the main ram for video I am thinking memory. Since it is used and probably shipped to you I would just try reseating that. Looks like you did and the fact that you are loosing the time and date tell me the CMOS battery might be going bad of just disloged. Normally this battery is under the ram module. Try taking that out and putting it back in. If that does not work I would take it to a place that can install a new memory module for you and test it.
I do not think that is was any software you installed.
Hope this helps.
This is normally a motherboard issue. I had one with the same symptoms and I had to replace the motherboard. Worked great after the board was replaced. I had to replace the board because unlike your issue mine stopped working all together. It did take a while before it quit though. Just a note: I have had to replace several of these motherboards for customers as well. If your LCD is broken, you may be better off to save your data and put it in a new laptop that would include a warranty unless your super fond of the machine or you have access to inexpensive parts.
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It is your laptop screen. You may have a cooling problem,screen or motherboard. Since this is your 3rd time trying to get this repaired. I would speak to a manager explain what has happened and demand a new replacement laptop.