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Monitor blurry or black

The screen sometimes gets very blurry, so much so that I can see some sort of coordinate or line that seems to be following the mouse around (specifically, it appears on the same "row" of the screen where the mouse is, but on the other side of the screen), the text is illegible and shaking. Sometimes white lines go up and down the screen and then the screen blacks out, with a few white lines near the bottom. The blurriness/blackouts usually occur when I place the laptop on a surface that is not perfectly flat, or when I am moving the laptop, though it sometimes seems to happen for no reason at all. Someone told me that when it was blurry I could go to Display, lower the resolution and then raise it again; that worked a few times, but doesn't seem to, anymore (and of course it doesn't help for blackouts). Right now, the only thing that helps is rebooting.

I've had the laptop for a while (nearly 4 years) and would probably prefer to replace the whole thing than just the monitor--is it time for a new laptop or is there something I can do?

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Re: monitor blurry or black

The problem could be with the LCD or the Video chipset. Either repair is expensive. I would figure about $150 in labor plus part cost. You can try ebay to get an idea of the part cost.

At 4 years I would be leaning towards purchasing a new laptop.

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