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Virus or video card problem?

Hi guys,
Just need a little helo. I ham having a problem with my computer on every 3rd or 4th bootup. The screen becomes distorted to the point it is unreadable (see photo attached). The distortion constantly moves around (flickers)

Wondering if this is a virus or something wrong with a video card.

I have tried Norton 2005 to scan aswell as Mcafee and Nortons online facilities. I have also run adaware. No obvious problems showed up.

I can post more details if required.

Any suggestions as to what this might be or how to fix it.

Thanks heaps



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Most likely its Card problem

In reply to: Virus or video card problem?

Loose (doesn't sit properly)??... Dirty??

the worst.. motherboard burn out... Just a thought..

Try to remove and clean the contact (with the contact cleaner and lint free cloth) .. put it back again see what happened...

Next, try to get other card if possible.. try it...

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In reply to: Most likely its Card problem

Sorry, forgot to mention it was on my laptop so very difficult to get inside. Will attempt though if i am sure it is not caused by a virus.

Common sense tells me its not a virus as it is only intermittent and doesnt seem to be causing any system damage.

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you can not go inside a laptop

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it can also cause by your laptop monitor cable..

so, for this you better go the service shop, since they may have the tools to troubleshoot (hopefully)

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A little further info

In reply to: you can not go inside a laptop

Just to shed a little more light on the problem.

My laptop seems to alternate between 3 states
i) The one previously mentioned (ie unreadable)
ii) Normal (no problems at all)
iii) an inbetween in which there are some lines around the mouse pointer and icons. http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4769/2141/1600/Desktop%20Problem.jpg

It seems to be in either of the 3 states when turned on and never changes once Windows is started (ie if okay once started then it does not revert to the unreadable screen).

Does this still sound like a hardware problem???
(I will arrange for a technician to check it out, but live in a remote area, so if I can locate the problem myself that would be great)

Thanks for your help in advance.

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