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Old 03-06-2007, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I've got a small problem with my laptop screen... it appears to be pixelated somewhat and shows random characters on startup.

I have done a few things to narrow down what the problem could be, but at this time am not sure... I hooked my laptop up to a regular computer monitor, and the problem displays on it as well, so I know it's not the LCD itself. I have also turned down the hardware acceleration in Windows, and the problem persists. I have no backlighting issues at the moment either.

here is a screenshot for reference:
http://www.rateyourgarage.com/badscreen.JPG

specs:
Toshiba Tecra S1 (3 years old)
Windows XP Pro SP2

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-06-2007, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

What's wrong with the screenshot http://www.rateyourgarage.com/badscreen.JPG ? Looks fine to me.

As for the random characters at startup, when exactly do you see them? During POST (when the system initialises) or is it during or after the loading of the operating system?
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whoa! just noticed that myself!! I guess because I was viewing it on the bad computer... but my screen has lines through it in random places, which will go away and reappear when information changes in whatever area of the screen, say when the mouse cursor moves through it... the problem definitely happens when the computer is started up and when resuming from standby, etc...

I'm not sure if it happens during POST, because the computer by default doesn't show it, but I'll reboot and check it out
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yep it definitely happens during POST
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