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Laptop screen oddly distorted....

by kunsaga / July 21, 2009 12:56 AM PDT

HP Pavillion dv5170us
Duo Processor T2300 1.66ghz, .99gb ram,
Video Card adapter mobile intel 945gm exprss chipset family, 128mb...

I have no idea what this is...I've had the problem before and went to the computer repair store to replace a video card...? or fixed it..til now...I use the laptop for gaming and work...

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That's a bad video card
by Jimmy Greystone / July 21, 2009 1:12 AM PDT

That's a bad video card, and since yours is integrated, it means a motherboard replacement. If it's under warranty still, make it HP's problem, otherwise you're probably looking at a sizable chunk of a new laptop to get it repaired.

There's also a small possibility the display is bad, or simply the video cable, but in my experience with laptop repairs, that is a bad video chip. Actually had a Dell Latitude D510 in my office with a similar issue. Tried about 3 different displays -- because the original display worked, it just had a yellow tint -- and every combination of video cables, before deciding that the new motherboard Dell sent me was bad. That cleared it right up.

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Tell us one more thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 4:21 AM PDT

Is the display bad from the moment it is turned on or just in Windows?

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by kunsaga / July 21, 2009 8:22 AM PDT

Sometimes it is...sometimes it isn't, if it is,, I either switch it off..or I just try to move the monitor around a bit and its back to normal again. It seems to work for the most part, but the distorted screen is becoming a bit persistent nowadays and the distortion seems to last longer regardless if I restart/switch off/or adjust the screen. I've just started up the laptop again and it seems fine.

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"Sometimes it is...sometimes it isn't, if it is,, "
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 10:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Sometimes..

Then it is what they call an intermittent failure. At least you have the chance to backup what you haven't in preparation for "the end."

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No..I don't think it's doomsday for my laptop yet...
by kunsaga / July 21, 2009 1:23 PM PDT

I'm typing this from my laptop :/ but I'm sure the screen distortion will come back...but for now I've played an online game for 2 hours already. I do think that the problem lies in the video chip, perhaps I should get a gaming video chip...thank for all your suggestions Grin

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