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Static on screen

by Svanhildr / March 19, 2010 8:54 AM PDT

I have recently started having a problem with my computer in which the screen gets static (the best description I can think of) across it. It is in stripes/rectangles for the most part. When I scroll on a window or type, the static in that location temporarily goes away, but then comes back. It comes quickly but gradually. I have only noticed it when I have gotten on the computer after having it on hibernate or sleep. Closing the lid and reopening it does not fix it. Restarting it completely does fix it; however, I would like to be able to use hibernate and sleep without restarting the computer (which kind of defeats the point of those functions).

I have an HP notebook that is about 5 months old. It uses Windows 7, and I regularly run full Norton scans on it.

Any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated!

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stripes/rectangles on display
by Brechan / March 19, 2010 9:09 AM PDT
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It sounds like similar problems people have been having with some of the new ATI graphics cards; have you tried contacting the manufacturer about this problem, or searching their forums for similar situations/ solutions?
Have you been regularly installing driver updates from HP?

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HP updates?
by Svanhildr / March 19, 2010 9:16 AM PDT

I haven't tried contacting HP, but I think I will.

I install updates regularly, but I think those are from Windows. Do I go to the HP site for their updates, or is there an automatic update thing on the computer?

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HP Updates
by Brechan / March 19, 2010 9:19 AM PDT
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There should be an update program already loaded into your computer.

(try this) Start-All Programs-HP- HP Update

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