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I have a computer about 5 years old and while I was running Windows XP the screen would randomly turn completely white, sometimes with light orange lines running down it. I would try pressing ctrl+alt+del twice to restart the computer but with no effect. I decided to install linux and see if that fixed the problem, but it didn't. All of the drivers are up to date, all of the connections are connected, I've replaced the monitor but it still occurs. Since installing Linux, I have installed an FTP server to test if the computer still has internet connection and responds to an incoming request. So when the screen turned white, I checked the attached devices of my router and its not listed there, so it apparently loses internet connection as well. Needless to say the FTP connection failed. To sum it up, the screen turns white at random times, and doesn't respond to anything except turning the cpu off by holding down the power button. All drivers are up to date. What is the culprit causing this problem?

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  • theigmo87 Mar 28, 2011

    A few more things. I have replaced the hdd and that didn't help. I also noticed the keyboard lights for num lock, caps lock, etc, do not light up when I press the corresponding keys. Is the motherboard possibly the problem?



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The streaks of color in addition to the computer componenets locking up points to an issue with the motherboard. You have ruled out the problem being with your monitor, and if your drivers are up to date and function correctly /before/ the error occurs, then it is not a problem with the driver (almost definitely). The only other thing it could be is a problem with the video card or the communication between the video card and mobo. With the addition of your LAN, mouse, and keyboard not responding, that would point to either two components and your USB (or PS2) ports becoming faulty at the same time (unlikely), or that your motherboard is unable to properly communicate with the devices. I would see what kind of tests you can run on your motherboard and, if possible, contact the manufacturer for more details and about a possible replacement.

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