I recently turned on my computer and during startup I noticed broken colored lines (Strips) running horizontally across the screen. When It loaded to desk top, the lines were still there but only at the top third of the screen. However, when I started working on line or with applications such as word and scrolled down the page, the line became solid and followed the scroll down. Sorry it's hard to explain....Is the ATI Radeon x600 failing??
Any help would be appriciated. I'm serving in Iraq and have no support options.
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Re: Video card problems
Sounds more like the screen has a spot in it where the circuitry is bad, easiest thing to do, is take it to a repair shop and see if they can fix it, if not, call the manufacturer, and see if they can get you a new one. Usually they will, since it will be considered a defective product.
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More than likely it's the lcd screen and will have to be replaced. I
could be the video card, but most likely the lcd screen especially when
you can put pressure on the screen and cause changes. To isolate the
problem try connecting another monitor to the computer. Borrow a
monitor from a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker and connect it to
the laptop. If the Borrowed monitor displays ok, then the problem is
with your lcd screen and the video card is ok. If the Borrowed monitor
displays the same as your lcd screen then the problem is with your video
card inside the computer.
Plug in an external monitor and see if the
display shows up on it. It can be any kind of monitor even the old big fat crt
monitors as long as it has a vga cable to connect to your computer's vga
port. If so that proves your video card is ok. The video will show
on most systems when you reboot without you having to do anything. Some systems
will require you to hit the FN (Function key) + F1 thru F12. Hold down
the FN key then hit the correct key for displaying on the monitor (F1 thru
F12). The correct key will normally have CRT/LCD on it or it will have
the icon of a display.
Once you narrow it down to the lcd screen as being the problem
you might try taking the lcd screen apart to reseat the lcd cable on the
back at the top of the lcd. Just unplug it and plug it back into the
connector. You can also try doing the same where the lcd cable plugs
into the motherboard. Just pull it out and put it back.
We might be having issues with the video card or the LCD For us to isolate where the problem is coming from
1. Tried accessing the BIOS see if the horizontal lines are present 2. If there are horizontal lines on BIOS definitely the problem is LCD and we to replace it 3. So if we see horizontal lines inside Windows we might have issues with Video Card itself or Video Card driver 4. Try uninstalling the video driver and install a fresh copy of video driver. Else we need to replace the video card 5. Usually laptops have integrated video. So we need to replace Motherboard
First, if you have an external monitor plug it in the computer then check if the horizontal lines are still there, if it is then you'll definitely need to replace the video card, but if not then you might wanna check the LCD.
If you don't have an external monitor try to check this things first.
1. Check LCD if it is the one causing the problem. Run the LCD test by pressing D + POWER while the computer is off,. if it is not working try to run the diagnostics in the computer the it will flash colored bars then say no to it it will test the LCD, If you don't see the horizontal lines on the LCD test then its a video card problem and if you see it its a LCD problem.
Just want to give you a heads up, you may be including the motherboard for the replacement because your video card is integrated to it and replacing the fan heatsink can help resolve the problem.
Yes that sounds very much like an overheating system alright... what you describe is what I have seen with overheating Video cards, & Processors. The fan should go most of the time indeed. The only way to remedy this is by substitution of the CPU or Video card. it may also be the RAM, the same symptoms can be caused by this too.
from my experience can be something related with the video card. I recommend you the followig (Hardware diagnostics):
-Look for one of the discs that came with your computer, it should say (Drivers & utilities).
-Boot from the CD. If you don't know how to do it do the following:
1.Insert the Drivers&Utilities Disk.
2.Restart teh computer.
3. When you get the Dell logo, press F12
4.Select Boot from CD/CDRW-DVD (something like that).
-You will get a prompt to run the diagnosics.
-Just follow the wizard
-I recommend you to run diagnostics for everything.
-You will see if you have any problems with your hardware.
It seems that you have a pretty new laptop, so probably it's under warranty.
goto RUN under the start menu and run DXDIAG just as i typed it goto video and run the video test,if it passes your screen is bad if not re install driver if not foud find out who makes your video card and download it from them hope im hel that should work lemme kno if it didnt i may find you some more solutions