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Video Card / Memory Issues

Windows XP, Mobility Radeon 9600 (emachines M6811)

I have just started getting colored lines/bars on my monitor. Oftentimes it appears as yellow vertical lines or rows of yellow - difficult to accurately describe. Against a black background, the problematic pixels are often blue. There are other colors at times as well, but usually just one color at a time. The colors get more concentrated on some parts of the screen, sometimes, when I scroll or move from window to window. If I let the computer just sit for awhile (on or off) the problem usually goes away. The screen may sometimes clear up where the jumping screen saver image moves to.

The screen has been clear for a couple hours now.

Probably related to this, when the computer starts up, still displaying the colors in places, on the initial black screen before XP starts are scattered ASCII symbols, rather than what might normally display (such as choices to start in safe mode).

The monitor is kind of shot due to broken hinges, but given the intermittent nature of the problem and the way is clears itself up, leads me to believe it is another hardware problem. Updating the video card driver had no effect.

Thank you for any help.

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Is this a laptop?

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If so, I hope its under warranty since repair costs seem to shock many.

If you didn't understand what I wrote then here's the blunt version. The laptop sounds like it needs repairs.

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It is a laptop

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Warranty is lapsed. Not worth fixing when I can get a superior computer for the same cost as repair, lol. Don't currently have the funds for either.

It's my Millenium Falcon - doesn't look like much, just barely holding together and I'm hoping to just keep it in one piece.

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Then shop for another one.

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But not what you may think. Look on ebay for the same model but BUSTED, burnt or other so you can scavenge parts to get yours back into shape.

There's a piece of advice about laptops that is worth repeating. "Keep it in warranty as long as you must have it." I let the warranty lapse when I'm happy with the years it delivered and will be willing to move on.

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