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I have this monitor and it appears to be a lose of vertical hold. When it scrambles, i can tap on the bezel and it will stop scrambling the image and return to a normal static image. there are times when the quality of the image is impaired and tapping on the bezel will clear up the quality issue as well. is this a vertical hold issue or a loose connector issue?

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Yes loose connection of VGA coonector.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

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http://www.laptopscreen.com/English/model/Toshiba/SATELLITE~A205-S5804/

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Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

The graphics chipset is a GPU.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Core_2_mobile_chipsets

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{ Disassembly guide,

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a205/laptop-disassembly-1.htm }

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