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Laptop display goes black and then rebuilds each window

While using the laptop, sometimes the display goes black, starts to rebuild the windows, flashes to black, and then rebuilds each window until it is back to normal.

Sometimes this only occurs once, others it will happen 5 times or more in succession.

This is Windows XP Pro
Drivers are up to date.

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This is problem with operating system or with the RAM,Try re-installing Operating system..If still Happens Change the RAM

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