When i turn the computer on i gets lots of random jumbles of wierd characters and colors all the way from the startup to desktop. when i get to the desktop there are lots of horizontal lines of different colors and once in awhile ill get the blue screen of death. i tryed reformating the hard drive but no luck.
There are two possible reasons
either it could be the problem with the graphics card or monitor.
To check that..
While this problem occurs. Just press the menu buttons on the monitor, if this horizontal lines and different colors are shown on the menu also then its the problem of monitor else with the graphics card or motherboard. Give it to the nearest service center. before that just remove the graphics card,wipe the card and slot with a clean cloth and install the same n check..
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You should try to connect a VGA monitor to your laptop and see what happens. It sounds like a video card failure, and often the hdmi and the VGA are powered by different graphics chips. If it works with a VGA monitor, try to install a new driver for your graphics card. Otherwise, try a system restore. That often solves your problem. If a restoration doesn't help, your graphics card is probably broken. Get a new laptop. Avoid Acer :)
it may not be your GFX card...depending on what kind of windows you have..like 98 DOS or windows vista or windows 7 your GFX card may not support that type of windows...hope it helps..if not..sorry...but i'd try to download a different version of windows..
Most Acer laptop graphics cards are not upgradeable. In fact most laptop graphics cards are not upgradeable in general. Usually if it does not say that you can upgrade then it can not be replaced or upgraded, however I would give Acer a call and see if they can do anything for you especially if it's under warranty.
Hi, I had the same problem with my WD passport. Most of the folders displayed wierd characters and couldn't access those folders. Thanks to Zero Assumption Recovery software, I had successfully recovered all my files. Check this link on how it works: http://www.z-a-recovery.com/unformat-tutorial.htm If your hard drive is detected by your computer you can use this software for data recovery.
From what you describe, I'd suspect the Graphics processor, or even the motherboard as a source of the problem if the monitor works on a different system normally (Best way to check the monitor is a known good video source)
If it is the system, and the system is 8 years old, I'd recommend replacing the system rather than attempting to fix it. Trying to fix GOOD parts for an obsolete system is difficult at bst and oftern can be expensive. Often you can find a low end NEW system (One that is like 20 times faster than the failing system) for less than $300
memory related(these all in one units have a problem that way.)
Run everesthome and update chipset<NORTHBRIDGE>Google the northbridge for updates.
nVidia GeForce FX Go5700 problem.Make sure all updates for graphic drivers have been installed, then attach an external monitor, the unit should support svga/dvi/s-video. Your graphics card has 128MB dedicated so if the external display responds the same way as internal monitor it's the video card or chipset.
it shows that you the video card you installed having loose contact try to dismantle then clean with pencil eraser the contact points(bronze color) on both sides wipe with clean cloth make sure no residues of eraser before you install to prevent mis contact. after cleaning make sure you will install firmly. ihope this will help your problem and hoping your positive response