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The computer turns on with both AC power and battery pack, windows boots up, but there is nothing on the screen, only vertical lines. There has never been any physical abuse to the computer ie. dropped.

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Check the Video Cable and make sure it isn't somehow dislodged from the monitor or the Video Card. You can also make sure the video card is seated well in the motherboard. Sometimes when a cord is bumped it can move the video card just enough to keep it from getting a good signal.
If you see the boot process on the screen then the problem isn't the monitor or the video card ... its in windows!
If that is the case try booting to safe mode as it only uses the VGA settings and not all the windows drivers. If you get a good picture there, then run the system restore or an antiviruse program in safe mode!

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