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Solved: laptop screen issue

Question: Solved: laptop screen issue

This is most likely in the wrong forum so feel free to move it to where it should go.

I have a 600m Dell Inspiron laptop. One of the hinges of the laptop screen seems to be broken so whenever i adjust the screen the monitor just falls and closes the laptop. Although it is incovenient the laptop works perfectly. i was wondering if a) this could later on affect the laptop and mess up my screen and b) if anyone knew whether Dell warranty would fix this for me or am I held responsibles (even though i have not dropped the computer to cause this to happen).

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Hello, So I have a user that just recently started to have an issue.  The laptop is fine (beyond the sound issues with the X230 which aren't solved (sound issue)), but if the user puts the laptop in the docking station with the laptop lid/screen closed/down, the external monitor only displays the desktop background but no login screen or desktop icons. This user has Windows 7 Pro. on it, I just installed the latest video driver from Lenovo's site and that didn't help.  I made sure the screens were set to clone and not extended displays. When the user flips up the laptop screen/lid, both screens are cloned and all is fine.  Supposedly this just started to happen a few days ago. But if the user has the laptop turned off, puts it in the docking station, closes the lid and turns the laptop on, the external monitor works just fine. I've changed clone to extended desktop just to see if that would help any but it didn't.  Set her back to cloned displays. Only other thing I can think of doing is to make sure the external monitor's resolution is set right but...don't understand what's going on.... Thoughts?

Answer:x230 (2320) laptop issue with external monitor when laptop lid/screen is up

Hi, cftech
My first recommendation would be to make sure that the BIOS and chipset drivers are the latest version. Since the external monitor works, just only certain circumstances, this is most likely a software issue of some sort. The BIOS can be found here and the chipset here.
Also, if possible, could you have the user try to connect to the external monitor without the docking station? I'm just curious if the docking station could have something to do with the issue,
Best of luck, and let me know how it goes

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Have Dell Latitude D400 Laptop which is several years old. For many months, had minor problem where LCD screen would have partial garbled horizontal lines, but when I shifted the screen angle -- moved screen on hinges -- back and forth slightly, then screen would be fine. But recently, the bottom 70% of the screen has turned to olive green mush with a few other vertical lines, where as the top 30% of the screen is fine. When I connect external monitor to rear jack, I am able to see all the graphics there and the hardware and software otherwise performing. When run built-in diagnostics, get graphics error with no external monitor, but all tests just fine when ext monitor connected. Conclusion from on line chat with Dell Tech was LCD Screen problem and referred me to the toll free SALES phone number -- meaning just purchase another one.

How do I know if the problem is the LCD screen being shot, or possibly just needing to clean or repair the connection through the hinges from the CPU/graphics card to the screen itself? If the latter, who should I seek to do such a repair or can I get guidance to open the unit and try myself as I am technically comfortable doing so with instruction? And given the cost of new laptops today, if I need to go outside for repairs, where should I look and up to what cost do you think is worth it, vs just abandon and purchase a new one.

Answer:Laptop LCD screen or screen connection issue

Could be a bad connection or the LCD might be shot. I would take it apart and at least poke around if it is no longer under warranty. Dell has some pretty good service manuals on their site. I think yours is here:

If you don't find anything obvious wrong with it, you can most likely get a screen off FleaBay for a few bucks and try it out.

Or just get some huge hinges and mod a 50" plasma screen on it...

Good luck!


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Plugged my laptop into a second monitor and set the second monitor to be the only display. After shutting down and turning back on the second monitor isn't registering and my laptop screen is solid white. No way to see anything or adjust settings. How can I fix this?

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I have a lenovo T540 laptop. The problem is that my laptop screen will not completely work. What happens, beginning from startup, is that the laptop screen works completely normal, shows the usual lenovo loading screen, then once it reaches the point where is is supposed to show the desktop background(where you sign in.) It changes to a dim black. My external screen is black as well as though it was extending the screen. I can click, then sign in, and access all of my files after I change the setting to second screen only, but I would like to be able to use the laptop screen as well. If anybody could help that would be great.

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Hi.I have a Dell Latitude D430 laptop running vista Business. My screen went out so i changed the screen and inverter now the screen just keeps blinking. Can anyone help? I can up load video if that would be an aid to anyone willing to assist me.

Answer:Laptop Screen issue.

You physically replaced the screen? Hmm... might be a bad video adapter.

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For the past few days sometimes when I open my laptop I get a grey screen with horizontal streaks (sometimes black with horizontal streaks) running across the screen. If I close the screen and re-open it eventually it will go back to normal. I've also had the screen freeze a few times for a few seconds while I'm using it.

I've hooked it up to my TV when it had the grey screen and it was working fine so I'm pretty sure it's the laptop screen. This doesn't happen all the time so if the solution is get a new screen I'll just live with it, but perhaps something simpler?

Answer:Laptop screen issue

My first guess would be the video card or driver but if you hook it to an external monitor and it is OK then it does point to the Laptop screen. Sometimes the ribbon cable from the Motherboard to the monitor can get loose or damaged. Not saying that is what it is tho.

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Hi. I've had this laptop, a Dell Inspirion 1200, for a few weeks now. I usually either close the cover or put it into Hibernation when I'm done using it. I haven't jarred it, shocked it, or stepped on it.

Basically, I opened up the cover and hit power. While it was booting up, I looked away to do something, and when I looked back, the screen was covered in white vertical lines. I shut down the computer by holding down the power button, then rebooted. When it came up again, it was perfectly fine (no lines at all.)

Is this a fluke or something I should worry about in the future?

Answer:Laptop Screen Issue

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hello i am new here and i hope i can get some help.
my mom has a toshiba laptop it is a satellite a105-s101. the problem: it has developed a pink line down the middle of the screen, and i have been to and other places and can't find anything. so if somebody could shed some light on this i would appreciate it!!(oh yea and my mom would to)

Answer:have a laptop screen issue

The LCD is broken and there is hardly anything a normal person can do to fix it.. If it's under warranty, get it replaced.

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I've had a HP dv6 laptop for close to a year now and have had zero issues up until the last week. I've noticed when watching videos in fullscreen for even a short period of time the contrast for the screen goes right up up when the video is exited, basically if I watch something and then minimise it whatever is behind it is almost unreadable, such as the standard chrome bar up top looks almost one solid, bright colour, after 5 to 10 seconds its back to how it should look.
It's also a LED display
Anybody have a similar situation or know what the problem could be?


Answer:HP laptop screen issue

Depending on what program you use for watching videos it may just be bugging up, but also it may be that the program is infected in some way. Have you tried a virus scan?

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sir, some dead pixal see on my laptop screenso please tell me a simple solution of my problemthank you.

Answer:issue about my laptop screen

There is no way to fix it the issue is whether it is serious enough to require that HP replace the screen. There is a "pixel policy" that governs the terms of the warranty. You need to contact HP Warranty Support to see if you can get a new screen. 

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About 2 weeks ago, a pink line appeared on my laptop screen. It is a straight line running down the length of the screen on the left side. A couple of days ago another line appeared, this time yellow. I am fairly certain that this is a hardware issue (driver re-install and system rebuild have not helped). I contacted HP who told me my 15month old laptop is out of warranty and will cost 250 to repair.Do I have any other options?ThanksTony Webber

Answer:HP Laptop screen issue

Not really it is a hardware issue rather than software I suspect. You could try ebay to get yourself a new screen cheaper and install it yourself. Usually screens are about 50 - 150 depending on the one you need. However some home insurance may cover you for the costs but remember the rise in the premium before you do claim.

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Answer:Laptop Screen Issue

anyone??? i could really use the help

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when i unplug my ac adapter from the wall before i unplug it from my lappy the screen stays bright, which isnt bad. but when i plug it in(wall first then lappy) it goes dim, like its in power saving mode. now how i usually fix this is i recreate the problem by unplugging it from the wall then turning the comp off, then unplug it from the comp while plugging it back into the wall, turn the comp on then plugging it back in. but it usually takes me a couple tries to get it back to normal again. ive turned off my power saving features and ive just had the computer screen replaced about 2 weeks ago. its always done this and i know it happens when i unplug it from the wall first; which if im in a hurry i dont think about it untill its to late.

its not that big of a problem but i would love to know how to fix it faster or maybe disable any features that could cause this.

my computer is an HP Pavilion zv6100 Notebook PC. its all stock except for the new screen.(the springs broke that hold it up and there was a dead pixel at the top)

Answer:Laptop Screen issue

any help would be helpful.

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Answer:Laptop screen issue

Hi and welcome to TSF what happens when you try to use the external monitor and have you tried using FN and F keys to switch the output to the external

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Ok. I'm not retarded i swear.
Right now im on a laptop thats resolution is at like 1600/1200 or something and id like it down to 1024/768. Usualy when i do that the icons and everything becomes bigger but it fits the entire size of the screen. Now when i do it on this laptop it just shrings the desktop down to that size and leaves a huge black box around everything else. Anyone have any idea what im missing?

Answer:Laptop Screen Resolution issue!?!?!?!

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I have a question , when I hook my,Asus to the HDMI to my 1080p tv the image is small,how do I scale it to fit the whole screen?

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I have several laptops, one issued by my work and is under the azure identity management. Since inception this laptop screen timeout was always 5 min despite attempts to change. Finally, out admin was able to change it to 30 min, but even though it says 30 minutes the timeout varies from 10 min to 30 min. All my other, using the same win 10 build function fine.
Any thoughts?

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I was using my laptop yesterday afternoon, when the screen began to fail. I turned the laptop off because it had froze, and when I tried to turn it back on, it just continuously reboots and shuts off, and the screen will not come on.

I have tried plugging in an external screen, but it does not receive a signal from the laptop, nor will the external keyboard I have to use (laptop keyboard is broken, not important).

Is there any way I can get the laptop to work again without taking it to a repair shop, or does a certain part need to be replaced?

Answer:Laptop won't start after screen issue

It could be one of several issues and from the sounds of it, would require a part replacement. Possibly the video card, but my best guess would be motherboard failure. I really wouldn't be able to tell for sure without further testing.

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I have a Windows 8 Laptop and every few days my laptop screen appears to have spotlights shining down from the top of the screen. If I disable / enable the graphics card in device manager they vanish for a few hours. The image attached shows the display issue (found on google) but the lights are shining upward on the image - in my case the lights shine down from the top.Can anyone please tell me what is causing this and the fix.Thanks,John

Answer:Windows 8 Laptop Screen Issue

It is called "Flashlighting".  Common with LCD screens, that are lit by CFL lighting.

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My laptop screen has developed a vertical grey band about 10cm wide which starts very light but as I leave the laptop switched on gets increasingly dark and when dark I can see effectively a shadow of a previous image on the screen, making it very difficult to read. I'm concerned that it may not simply be a screen replacement issue as there seems some comment that it may be a connector cable issue.  Any ideas?

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Peering at the screen, you can tell it's displaying. Sadly, it's only bright enough to see for a brief moment.

I'm running into the D-Sub on the TV and have the CRT/LCD setting to display on both the laptop monitor and the TV. TV is a clear picture and the laptop I'm guessing from reading I've been doing is lacking the backlight.

History: No updates have been done in the timeframe that the monitor issues surfaced. No drivers changed, no programs installed (except vaguely possibly ExamDiff and one or two portable apps (

A week or two ago, I noticed the screen seemed to be shadowed in one area but the shadow seemed to go away if you brightened the screen all the way. Also, the screen seemed to be flickering, like lightbulbs sometimes do before blowing, that really quick, irritating flickering. This didn't usually last long, maybe 30 seconds at the most and it would settle down, ditto the shadowing.

Now, if I switch between CRT/LCD options or press then release the little screen switch near the hinge (the one that turns off the monitor if you close the lid), I tend to get a very quick proper display on the laptop monitor before it goes dark again with the displayed information impossible to read.

The issue is the same through a hibernate and resume, brief flashes of a clear screen and then only the vague outline can be seen.

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Answer:Laptop Screen Backlight(?) Issue

There are 100s of tutorials out there. It is more scary (if you've never done it before) than hard.

I generally recommend replacing both the inverter and CCFL while you have it torn apart.

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Hi All

Does anyone have any experience of an Advent Laptop working fine, but
when you shut Windows Vista down, shortly after the screen goes blank,
the screen switches back on to a bright white?

The laptop is not on, but the screen is.... obviously this drains the battery.

Apparently some wine was spilt towards the QWERTY side of the keyboard

Any ideas?


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The screen on my laptop is moving to the right of the screen and I can't access the left side of the screen. When I drag it across to the left it flies back to the right. The desktop is fine, this only happens when I am in an application e.g. hotmail, facebook, etc. The cat walked across the keyboard so I'm not sure if some of the keys pressed have created this issue.

Answer:Vista laptop Screen issue

"The screen on my laptop is moving to the right of the screen"You must be talking about a browser????Have you tried a different broswer yet???Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Do I have any options here - software wise to enable me to grab a pic of the green line ?

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hi, i have an old compaq laptop running windows vista. just yesterday i was using it and i had to reboot it.. well when it booted back up and i signed in to my administrator acct..the screen turned to a solid yellow color. i can't see anything else on the screen besides the yellow. but when i sign into my kids acct, i can see the screen just fine. before all this happened, i was trying to uninstall the program called INTERNET DOWNLOAD MANAGER, which apparently had a bad key. i was trying to follow a youtube tutorial on removing the key from the .REG, and afterwards, i started having this problem. what could be causing this and how do i fix it.

Answer:yellow screen issue on compaq laptop

I'd try doing a system restore to see if that fixes it. Sounds like an issue with the registry entries you changed.

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I seem to have broken my laptop. I was trying to hook it up to a tv with an HDMI cable. Following the advice on a website I went to "Adjust screen resolution" to try and find the tv as another device and enable that. However there was no other device, so I decided to play around a bit to see if I could get something to , this was my mistake. On one of the drop down menus under the resolution menu I managed to select something which created a second device in the box showing how many displays you have. I was pretty sure it wasn't the tv but thought I'd keep playing around and on one of the other drop down menus I selected something like "expand across both displays"...said soemthing like that, and then that's when the laptop went blank, still a backlight coming from it but nothing but black on screen. I restarted the laptop, the screen showed up the windows starting stuff then the desktop flickered on for barely a second then it went back to blank screen. I can only guess I've created an imaginary device with obviously no display and this is what it is showing now when it's blank.
Hope this makes sense to someone else, not sure it does to me, I really shouldn't mess about with technology.
With some advice from someone else I tried toggling with the fn f buttons, f5 was the only thing that did anything but it just toggles from a light black to a dark black, as it would be if it were turned off. I have tried starting it in safe mode but it doesn't give me the... Read more

Answer:Laptop display issue screen blank

A Windows "System Restore" run from within Safe Mode should sort that out for you. If you don't know how to get to it then you'll find it under Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore. Choose the most recent restore point when everything was working fine.

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Answer:HP - 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop keyboard issue

Hi ,Welcome back to the HP Support Forums! I understand you are having an issue with the keyboard not responding. I will be glad to help you. Please download and install Synaptics TouchPad Driver.  I know this is for the touch pad, but sometime the touchpad can slow down the keyboard. As both are input devices. Here is a document for Notebook Keyboard Troubleshooting (Windows 10, 8). Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below!  Thanks.

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So my sisters laptop which will be around 3 years old runs windows 7. The issue started where it would beep on startup I never knew about this till now but anyways it would bootup fine and work etc till a week ago the screen went dead while in use and would not come back on. So i tried it myself and it would not work it powers up and the fan works but no screen so I plugged it into a tv via the blue socket and it came on the screen of the tv and the laptop I used the laptop as normal for the rest of the day then again the screen went dead. I tried the tv cable and get no picture on either, I took the ram out and put in different slots to no avail the screen dont come on at all. I pulled the laptop to bits for something to do and cannot see anything loose. Any help would be great. Just to add it no longer beeps everything powers up except the screen

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My laptop screen is dark. I can still hear the boot up sounds but I can't see anything. I tried to hook the laptop to an external monitor and still nothing. I would like to get my files off of the computer and onto an external hard drive. How can I do this?

Answer:laptop screen is dark - motherboard issue

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i just got a new laptop with a 17 inch screen, if i pull up a web site with allot of typed wording (not graphics) i can sometimes see faint green or red almost like a shadow of some of the wording. but if i go to a solid screen it is not there.. so i am almost sure its not dead pixels. anyone else ever experience this?

did some searching on the web and found the term to be color bleeding?

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Hello, please help.

I have a laptop Dell Studio connected to Hitachi HDTV. The problem is that since at least 2 weeks ago when I connect the TV as a projector I am not being able to use the full recommended resolution wich is 1920x1080 because it won't fit my TV screen as it used to do.

Can you help figure out what is the exact problem now?

Answer:Laptop to TV output screen resolution issue

Adjusted aspect ratio on TV settings to fit the full screen.

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Hello, so I have this problem with my laptop screen, My laptop is a Dell XPS 15 and not even a month old. While I was reading an article online, I thought I heard a ding sound like what it makes when it asks me for administrative permission for a program to open or do certain functions and then the right upper corner and part of the right side of my screen dimmed. As if there is a shadow over it. When my laptop asks for administrative permission it generally does dim everything but the dialogue box that opens up but never have I ever seen it dim only a section of the screen and a window never opened asking me for permission for anything.

I tried resetting my computer and it changed nothing, I also tried changing my screen's brightness and the dimmed section does get brighter with the rest of my screen but it still stays a few shades darker than the rest of the screen. I do have a warranty that would cover any repairs and fixing that needs to be done but I am hoping it is something that can be easily fixed by myself because sending it in to be looked at, repaired and then returned could take a while and I obviously don't want to waste the time if somebody knows an easy fix to this. Thanks

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 6058 Mb
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Answer:Laptop screen issue, dimmed in corner

Try booting into Safe Mode. Since that uses a generic display driver and runs minimal software I think if you get the same dimmed part of the screen you can be pretty confident that you want to get warranty service.

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Just as the title states, my new bought laptop is extremely weird. I am currently having 2 issues, and yes I've searched already(even though its hard to search when this is so confusing)
1. Whenever sound is played on the laptop, WITH and WITHOUT HEADPHONES/MIC plugged in, the left side laptop speaker lets out a static sound for a while, and if a sound on the laptop ends, it ends after like 3-5 seconds.
2. The buggiest issue I am having, is my computer refusing to be the "actual" screen. What I mean by this is that if I screen capture my desktop, the lower maybe 1/6th of the bottom and the right side is cut off, the resolution being weird.
I.E If i stream, and capture a window, and my mouse is in the middle ON MY SCREEN, the stream will show my mouse cursor to the right and a bit below of where it should be in the middle.

Please help me, as I've already tried my laptop brand's customer service GIGABYTE, and Reddit, but to no avail, and GIGABYTE takes forever for them to respond to tickets, and all they ask for is if i installed anything, etc when I got the laptop, when the issue was from the beginning.

What I have tried:
Disable/Enabling NVIDIA/INTEL HD graphics cards
System Reformat
Updating drivers
Change resolution

Thank you for your time, and I pray that someone has a solution for me... this is extremely annoying

Answer:Hard to explain issue with Laptop and screen

Hi there

If you have tried a system format the chances are almost 100% hardware related.
You will have to take it back to the seller for inspection.

The will either repair the laptop or credit you.

Best Regards

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Hey all, I'm having a dilemma.

TLDR: my new Acer Aspire E 15 laptop has a messed up screen, should I get a refund and either finance a MacBook or find a used MacBook, or try to repair the Acer?

In mid march I bought a new laptop - an Acer Aspire E 15 from Amazon. A couple weeks ago I opened it and there was a big black spot on the screen with white lines coming from it. The laptop hadn't been dropped or even moved, I don't know what caused it. But reviews on amazon said other people had the same problem a month or two after buying the laptop.

I contacted amazon and they said I can return it for a refund. I contacted the seller and they said I could send it to them for repair. However, I use my laptop for work and couldn't go that long without it for them to fix it. When I contacted Acer about the warranty, they said that since the black spot is "finger shaped" (??) it's not covered under warranty. But it is so large that it's a real problem when trying to work, or even just generally use it.

So now I have to decide whether to get it repaired or get a refund and buy a new laptop. I'm leaning toward the latter. I really want a MacBook and was approved for financing from Apple.
However, my friend made the point that computers are kind of like cars in that they depreciate in value after you buy them. So is it really worth getting a new MacBook and financing it? Or should I look into getting a used one for cheaper? If I get a us... Read more

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I bought this laptop back in September-ish of 2014. It runs perfectly fine still and always has but the image on my screen has been a problem since probably December of 2014. I know that seems ridiculous for me to just now be bringing it up but I honestly dont use it that often and only for pleasure so I always put it off and forgot about it.

The screen basically flickers blue in certain spots. Corners of windows, icons, links, etc. Its almost as if it was highlighted... I am not sure what it is. Sometimes it randomly goes away but then comes back within a few days.

If i do a screen grab of the blue flickering it doesnt appear in the jpg. So i took a picture with my cell phone. I uploaded that pic as well as my system specs to this thread.

Anyone please help lol....Bestbuy within 10 minutes told me it would cost me $200 for a new screen without even doing anything besides comestically looking at the screen and laptop. HP has been beyond awful in their "support"


Answer:HP Laptop Blue flickering screen issue!

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Hi allI?ve been experiencing problems with my Sony Vaio Laptop off and on for about 3 months (the laptop is 18 months old).Basically the screen goes blank for no reason when I?m on the internet, listening to music, working. The backlight is still on (I can adjust the brightness of the screen using shortcuts) and the laptop still runs (music still plays etc) but I can?t see the screen.I have found by hitting the space bar repeatedly can sometimes make the screen come back to life, but not always but I don?t know why this is happening.I contacted Sony and they said ?From what you describe it would appear that there could be an issue with a connection with the display. It may be necessary to arrange the collection for repair of the VAIO... To confirm if this is a hardware fault with the VAIO we would recommend that a full system recovery is carried out on the VAIO.? which basically means it goes back to factory settings, which is something I want to avoid as I haven?t backed up any songs, work, photos (I?m buying an external hard drive this week).Has anyone else come across this issue / has any insight how to overcome it?? I?d be grateful for any advice. I?m not very technical so go slow with me!Thanks in advance.

Answer:SONY Vaio Laptop Blank Screen Issue

from what Sony are saying it sounds like this may be a known build fault or loose wire problem. If this is the case returning the laptop to them would seem to be your only option. It always pays to back-up your work regularly, it's a good habit to get in to. You never know what might be waiting around the corner!?

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Hello there, its the Celestial Crown Prince of Canada here.I've been a loyal user of HP Consumer-Level Laptops for 2 years.It seems that there is a screen display issue with my Laptop.For myself, this is the first time an issue of this kind has occurred. For some reason, during my current(well, now its my last) session, my screen went totally blank on me and turned black, as if the laptop was in an off sort of power state, however, the laptop power was still on and before the issue suddenly decided to happen in front of my very eyes, I had been using the laptop, and was even working on doing some coding...some of you may know me as the creator of the Celestial Crown System.ini Configuration File.Apparently, this is a known HP Laptop Issue, and I'm not sure if HP is actively focusing on fixing the issue so that it does not become an inconvenience to other HP Laptop users or buyers.Is there any known solution as to how to fix this sort of issue? This is very critical, and I was in the midst of trying to save the rest of my code in notepad to my desktop, but I would surmise that asides from the 2 files I was able to save, the rest would be gone unless I would be able to resume my last session which I highly doubt at this point. If anyone could please let me know as soon as possible, I would immensely appreciate it. ~CCPOC Benson Lam

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Answer:[URGENT] Need response about Laptop Screen gone blank Issue

Hi there @BensonLam?,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! It is a great place to find the help you need, from other users, HP experts, and other support personnel. I understand you are having an issue with the black screen. I will be glad to help you. Please post the full product number of your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information.How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number? Here are some documents to help.Black or blank screen with blinking cursor after entering Windows passwordComputer Starts but Screen Remains Blank Please keep me informed of how things went. If you require further assistance, let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help you.Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".To simply say thanks, click the Thumbs up below! Thanks.

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The screen is not all black, instead, pixels are washed out, leaving a halo in a few spots on the laptop screen, when the computer was initially started from the box. The first one was shipped and I assumed it may have been handled poorly and now the similiar with the second one. I will follow up with a call to HP, I wanted to know if the community has any screen quality issues?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 17RSE laptop (the SE = special edition of the 17R (7720)). Lightning stroke the router which was connected to my laptop through an Ethernet cable. The laptop was off during the strike, but afterwards the router was fried and the laptop screen did not power on (or so I thought) when the laptop was powered on. I then connected an external monitor to the VGA out, and this works. The graphics card also seems to be picked up correctly inside speccy/HWMonitor/Everest and CUDA acceleration works inside Adobe Premiere Pro, so I guess I can rule out a fried GPU. The monitor Part Number is N173HGE L-11 rev.2 (ChiMei) --- and in Everest it says Manufacturer: HDKPV173HGE --- As I said initially I thought the screen was completely blank, but upon shining a light on the screen I can see an image on the screen, just very faint (btw the display brightness is set to max). I then looked for the LCD power inverter, but realised the screen is a LED screen so there is no inverter. So I'm thinking it could be a burned out fuse near the LCD connector cable on the motherboard itself, or the LED backlight is burned out.
What do you think?
Other changes in my laptop state since the lightning strike:

1) the laptop seems to overheat when running Adobe Premiere Pro -- which is set to use GPU acceleration. Using HWMonitor it seems to be the CPU, not the GPU, that overheats and all 8 threads of the CPU... Read more

Answer:Laptop LED screen only very faintly lit. LED backlight problem or other issue?

A fuse would make sense. Seems like you know what you're doing, so take the thing apart locate said fuse and put a multimeter across it, see the resistance.

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Had this Sager np2740 laptop and it has had lot of issues. When i first got it, it was great. Battery was good and everything. After having the laptop for a bit, my battery went bad. Had that Red X mark on it. I bought a new battery replacement which was expensive. Had to go to repair shop to install battery on laptop because you had to open laptop in order to put battery in.

After that, battery went bad and had that Red X mark ever since. Then recently my laptop flickers a lot the screen. Like rainbow color. Now theres a black line there. But if i move screen up or down, it goes green or yellow etc. The thing though is i connect my laptop to an external monitor so i dont have this issue with my main screen. Thus it would be impossible to use my laptop by itself because of the blurry lines.

Since I'm out of warranty... this is with xoticpc, what can i do about this case? Go to a repair shop and see what they can do about it? The thing is if i need a replacement part, wouldn't i need to order from sager/xoticpc for this issue? I have had nothing but issues with this laptop once the battery first ran out.

Answer:Laptop Flickering Screen And Huge Issue with Clicking

I also had another issue related to this. Earlier when i was trying to click on things on my laptop screen... it kept asking me if i want to delete this program from computer. Example i would left click on a program on my desktop or click on my pictures or documents.
I click no and then i had this message show up over and over again where I cannot X it out. Had to been like that message popping up over and over again. I assume this is related to the screen flickering? Example i would use my mouse and click on programs on my desktop or my documents etc left clicking it like normal. It would then have the popup are you sure you want to delete file and send to recycle bin. Basically i click no but that same message keep popping up over and over again. When i got control alt delete, you see it has like 50 processes that say program isn't responding or something like that. Only way to get rid of this is to restart my laptop or shutdown then start it up again.
And when i do restart laptop or close it and start up, it would have this message with black screen and have option to click Enter where it says Window 7. Like asking which program to start up. Does anyone know what this is?

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I have the laptop less then a month. Bought in Best Buy but they are making a hard time on exchanging the laptop as its a hardware issue. I'm located in Israel and bought in my recent trip to US. Can someone from HP assist? Thank you! 

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hi,currently i am facing problem with my lcdlcd is not showing full screenalmost 1/3  part towards left is not visibleon that portion one white and one gray bar appears and at rest area,oftenly the right portion of the screen appears (repeat in that area); the image is the screenshort of  the display, but in actual its not like that..... but like the 2nd image   Please tell me what to do.... and whats the solution....??????

Answer:hp EliteBook 8440p Laptop LCD Issue, screen divided into two...

i had the same issue too. i asked forum but no one gave me proper solution. they refer me to hp assistant....  but i dissamble my laptop and tighten the wire shocket of display from  both motherboard and lcd panel . and finally it worked.. now i dont have issue for a year...........  if you know how to dissamble and ressambleyour laptop, you can do it easily.... but do it on your risk................ you can check out youtube for dessamble your  laptop...... if you cant do yorself then you should probably prefer for hp assistant or laptop repair center.....

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Hello, I have a T520 with a docking station.  There is an external monitor connected to the VGA port in the docking station and I have the laptop set to only use the external monitor.  However, when I close the screen of the laptop and put the laptop to sleep, and then when I open the laptop again, the laptop monitor turns on and mirrors on the external.  So basically, I need to set it to only use the external every time the laptop starts up.   Is there any fix to keep the laptop screen off while it is docked? Thanks.

Answer:T520 External Monitor/Laptop Screen issue

I don't have a dock to test. But I would look at the setting for Action when closing the lid/cover. Hibernate, go to sleep would be the normal actioins. You'd want nothing to happen. Look into the choice and I believe that will resolve it. There may be a group for when DOCKED as notebooks had years ago. The settings would apply only to when Dockend and not undocked.

T520 Model 4239 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2860QMbr>; Nvidia NVS 4200M Win 10 64bitZ70-80 I7 - 5500U 16GB GB - 1TB HD Win 10 64bit FHD 17.3", G840 w/2GB

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The LCD screen on my laptop began to develop- a series of horizontal lines and over the course of two weeks it went from 3 or 4 lines to a total blurred white out making the screen completely unviewable.
I bought a replacement screen assembly and installed it and it appeared to work just fine. However once the remaining battery charge depleted, the laptop would not turn on and did not seem to charge. I tried the unplug, battery reset, hold power button combo but could not get the computer to power up.
I reinstalled the non-functioning screen and now the computer will power up - but I cannot see anything on the screen.
I wondered if it was something to do with the comp not recognising that the replacement screen was open. Has anybody got any advice or similar experience of this.
I'm cracking up a bit here as I thought it was solved but now it's not
Samsung Series 9 NP900X3C-A07UK
Win 7
Intel Core i5-3317U
64-bit OS

Answer:Samsun Laptop screen replacement power issue

Assuming you tried powering up with the battery removed and that didnt work, did you remove the battery when you replaced the screen?
It seems likely that you have damaged the power circuitry on the motherboard.
Your theory about the laptop not recognising that the screen is open is reasonable but the wrong way around as it must have noticed that the screen was open as it continued to run until the battery went flat. Its usually the proximity of the screen to the laptop body that trips a reed relay that turns the laptop off.
Its possible that the reason why it powers up with the old dead screen is because being dead its not consuming any power but when you connect the new screen it refuses to power up because the power drain is too much for the damaged power circuitry.
Of course all of the above is supposition and the problem may be due to something entirely different.

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I picked up a Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop second-hand (Windows ME installed) and I'm trying to get it to work. There are two issues: screen and touchpad. I'm just focusing on the screen for now since I can plug in an external mouse. Here are the symptoms (I think they may all be related):

When I turn the laptop on, the LCD screen will not light up. If I press Fn + F8 to toggle CRT/LCD, the LCD screen will flicker briefly. If I hold a flashlight to the screen, I can still see a very dim image but the backlight refuses to stay on. However, if I plug in an external VGA monitor, then press Fn+F8 several times, the LCD screen will stay on. I can even unplug the ext. monitor and the LCD screen backlight will continue to stay on. I just need to plug in the ext. monitor at some point after power-up to get the backlight to stay on. Or, if I plug in the ext. monitor before power-up, the LCD screen backlight will come on and stay on from the start.
I have to try 3 times before I am successful to boot into Windows ME. The first time, I get Windows ME loading image for about 15 seconds then the screen goes dark (not off -- just black), then the hard drive stops accessing and nothing happens. I restart either with Ctrl+Alt+Del or by holding down power button, then I am given the option to boot into safe mode. I select "Normal" boot (not Safe Mode). The same thing happens a second time. The third time, I successfully boot into Windows. (Other times I booted into Safe Mod... Read more

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I've owned my HP laptop for almost three years now, and up to this point it has worked great throughout it's use. Recently, it seems like the hinges to open and close my screen have been putting some stress on the screen frame. Every time I open my laptop up, I have to take about 5 minutes to open it carefully so the frame doesn't come loose on the bottom left corner. Closing it is an issue too, as I usually have to close my fingers on it to keep the frame from going loose, resulting in it coming loose despite my hardest efforts, in which case I have no choice but to close it and snap everything back into it's rightful place. I took my laptop over to Best Buy for their input, and the only thing they suggested was superguling the frame to the screen. I took their advice and tried it, letting it sit for 2 days open while it set. (You can never be too careful!) The superglue did nothing and my frame is still loose, and I now have an ugly line of superglue on the bottom of my screen that sets off my OCD every time I need to get work done. If anyone has any idea on how to go about fixing this situation, I'd appreciate it.Thanks!

Answer:Laptop Screen Frame Issue...Are my Hinges to Blame? How do I...



I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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I just replaced the screen on this laptop. Only about 1/4 of the screen on the left side is working and is working right. The system is running Vista and it boots up right. Wonder if the inverter needs replaced. Other 3/4 is a dark gray with no cursor showing. Need to fix for Mom. Please help. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Dell Studio 1735 Laptop screen replaced, only 1/4 of screen working

Check cable which connect display to mobo firstly. If not cable, rest you already said.

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I just bought an HP Pavillion dv6-7014nr and I love it! Except for one thing. I upgraded to the 1920x1080 screen to get the HD quality and the matte display. Everything on this screen is so tiny, its uncomfortable to read. I have increased the text size in windows to 130% dpi and I have downloaded and extension in Firefox to keep the zoom level I like. My problem is that with this increased DPI setting, the text in programs, such as iTunes gets cut off or overlaps. I was just wondering if there was a solution to this problem, or is it just something I have to live with?
Thanks very much!


Answer:[SOLVED] 1920x1080 screen resolution on a 15.6" Laptop Screen

1920x1080 doesn't suit everyone on a 15.6" screen as it's really more suited to large-screen external monitors (20" or more). It's big plus of course is that it gives you much more screen space to use for multi-tasking or using apps which have many palettes (like Photoshop). Personally I think 1920x1080 is way too high for the average laptop screen size unless you've got perfect eyesight.

If you don't need all that space, you may find that setting a lower resolution (and changing DPI & zoom levels back to their defaults) is more in line with what your eyesight can deal with. It probably won't look as pin-sharp as the native 1920x1080 resolution though, but at least you shouldn't get some app Windows extending beyond the screen edges.

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Hi, New EliteBook 840 G1 with discrete graphics and 2013 UltraSlim Dock using windows 8.1. I have actually 2 issues with this 1) I want to use the laptop monitor also as a 3rd screen but i want to change primary (main) display to one of the external monitors but the laptop keeps reverting the primary (main) display back to the laptop. 2) My 2 external screens has since 2 days ago started flickering then going blank and came back again without any flickerin. Extremely anoying. Seems that the graphic card somewhat resets on screen or the other from time to time. Been trying to look at logs without any luck. Any ideas? 

Answer:External Dual Monitors and Laptop screen issue EliteBook 840...

ChristianA Please Update your Bios and Driver And install HP 2013 Ultraslim Docking Station DisplayPort Hub Firmware Intel Documents, install the monitor .inf deactivate the power safe mode

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The screen flickers for 10-30 sec to 5-10 mins. I saw a post which is the same issue for the 840 G3 laptops that was marked fixed by HP while it is clearly still a huge problem. Please fix this issue since we bought a huge number of these laptops and we are ready to return them if this issue is not fixed.

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Hi, New EliteBook 840 G3 with discrete graphics and 2013 UltraSlim Dock using windows 10. I am using 2 HP Z23n screen, there are connected with 2 DisplayPort on 2013 UltraSlim Dock. I have 1 issues with this 1) My 2 external screens, connected to the 2 DisplayPort, started flickering then going blank and came back again without any flickering. Extremely annoying. Seems that the graphic card somewhat resets on screen or the other from time to time. Been trying to look at logs without any luck. Any ideas? 

Answer:External Dual Monitors and Laptop screen issue EliteBook 840...

Sorry, I can't help fix your issue, but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone!  We have 7 Elitebook 840 G3's wth Windows 10 on the 2013 UltraSlim Dock as well, and they are all doing the same thing.  Both external displays will go black for a few seconds periodically throughout the day.   We are using HP EliteDisplay E242 displays for all except one user, who has ASUS displays, and they all have the same issue, so the display itself does not appear to be the issue. The VGA port seems to work fine, so this points to the Display Ports/driver being the issue.  I have tried all available driver updates, but nothing has resolved the issue. We are looking for a solution to this issue as well.

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I've ran some programs in compatibility mode and it seems to have fixed most of my blue screen issues, but I still get the blue screen of death maybe once every two days; I'm new here so I'm not really sure where to begin. Also as I I have another account on my laptop named John, and it keeps coming back after I delete it. This isn't really a big problem I guess, but it's odd. I feel like there's something wrong with my laptop, and hopefully I can fix it here. For the most part my laptop works, It's just annoying to get the blue screen of death when my laptop should be perfectly fine. I bought it only a few weeks ago. It was refurbished however.
Some errors I've received
Kernel Security Check Failure
Bad Pool Header
Page Fault in Nonpaged Area
Attempted Execute of noexecute memory
system thread exception not handled dxgmms1.sys windows 8
There are a handful of others but I've only got them once or twice
Screen Size 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 3.2 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 1024 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA Geforce GTX770M
Graphics Card Ram Size 3000 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2 Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3
Brand Name MSI Series GT70 2OC
Item model number GT70 2OC-065US
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 8.6 pounds Item Dimensions L x W x H 16.85 x 11.34 x 2.17 inches Color Black Processor Brand ... Read more

Answer:I recently bought a new laptop and it's been have the blue screen of death issue

Any sort of warranty?  If so, I'd take the thing back.

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Ok, basically here is my problem.

My screen brightness won't go above 70 on the brightness bar slider.

The reason I know my screen can be brighter is because this JUST started happening recently. (well like three months, but I haven't had time to deal with it until now)

And anyway- heres 'symptoms'

The Windows Mobility doesn't allow the slider to go more than 70

Doing FN + F7 for screen brightness to increase using Toshiba hotkeys thing it doesn't go brighter. (it works but not more than 70)

Right as I am restarting right as it boots up it is much brighter then after like a minute it goes to the 70 brightness mark.

It hasn't always done this.

Is this purely hardware issue with Toshiba? Is this like preventing the screen from being 'too' bright?

How can I get it to 100? On restart right before it dims the screen is much much nicer / brighter... It would be nice to have it brighter all the time..

I could do a system re-install... but I'm right in the middle of my school year and I don't really have time at this time...

Thanks for ideas and help.

Answer:Laptop Screen Brightness- Vista bug? Or Computer Hardware Issue?

Anyone have any ideas?

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After a recent Windows update, my driver that determines what mode it's in, Laptop, Stand, or Tablet, got all messed up, when it should be in Laptop it thinks it should be in Tablet and the other way around.  I also have an issue with screen resolution where the optimal and suggest resolution makes everything really small.  I changed the resolution, but it's still not ideal and not where it was before. Does anyone know of any fixes for these issues?

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Hello Folks,

Trying to fix my friends laptop but running into a weird issue.

Using Windows Vista Home Premium
Graphics Card is Standard Intel 945

When booting windows normally I get a solid blue screen (not BSOD) after the login screen. Boots into safemode normally.

Clean for viruses/malware

Tried the following:

1) Plugged in an external monitor (VGA Port) and it brought up a display window on pc showing it was currently in multiple monitor mode (still blue screen in backround). Blue Screen on monitor as well. Switched to Single Display and now just blue screen on laptop display. Connected to TV with S-Video. Blue screen on TV as well.

2) Changed Resolution as well as 16 bit/32 bit color. No Effect.

3) Uninstalled/Reinstalled Graphics Driver. No Effect.

4) Tried creating guest account and logging in normally. Won't get past login screen. Just continuously loading.

Any suggestions?
Thank You in Advance for any ideas.

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Hi all. Is there any brilliance in the house? I hope so.

The inverter on my Acer Aspire 5103WLMi died after 13 months.

No probs. I bought a new one, put the machine together again and started it up. Perfect... well almost.

What is happening now is that I cannot get maximum brilliance from the screen. All the Windows option settings are set to the max and the are no other user settings available I can make to chance this.

Ok you'll be thinking there is an issue with the inverter but I'm far from sure that it is. The picture is perfect apart from this issue.

Booting up Vista will have the screen bright and brilliant (max brill). Windows will continue to load and then as the machine continues to load the registry and gets to the bit where the screen brilliance is set the screen will dip and settle to about 75-80% of it's capable brilliance. I feel sure this is a registry issue because of the boot up procedure which is clockwork and 100% predictable.

Where can I inspect the reg to find these settings? They must be there.

Other suggestions?

Many thanks.

Answer:Brilliance issue after screen inverter replacement on Acer Laptop

Are there really no takers on this?? How dissapointing.

For those that don't know what an inverter is. inverters create a hi voltage charge and light the screen bulb(s) on your laptop or monitor. When it don't work you will see a perfect but dark n unlit image on your screen.

Cum on sum1 help me out for gawd sake!


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I have a rather ancient Sony Vaio w/Windows XP laptop that I have hooked up to an LCD TV with a VGA cable. I can get the desktop to show up on the TV, but when I try and play videos on a media player, the media does not appear on the TV. I am also not sure how to set it up so the audio output goes to the TV speakers rather than the laptop speakers. Any help would be very appreciated!

Answer:Solved: Laptop to TV issue, could use some help.

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Hi, first post.  Hoping I can draw on your wisdom.I have a laptop that I'm trying to fix for a friend (I'm using it to type this post).  I originally bought it knew about 2.5 years ago and sold it to him 3 months after I bought it.It's an Acer 4021WlciPentium M 1.6ghz1024GB Ram30GB (not original) 4200RPm IDE HDDWindows XP Pro SP2When I got this laptop, it would not recognize the factory 60GB HD in the bios at all and had the following error on boot up.PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cablePXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcomm PXE ROM.I've read several things about this error.  Did multiple recommended steps.  Clearing CMOS, disabling boot options.  Confirming boot order, disabling all boot options but HDD that the bios would allow.  Could not get machine to recognize the drive.  Popped it in a Dell laptop, no problem.  Reinstalled OS while in Dell machine, worked like a charm.  Ran diagnostics on the drive, tip top shape despite being nearly 4 years old.  After it was formatted and OS installed, I tried to put it back in the Acer and it would not recognize.  Reset Bios again, still wouldn't recognize.  Connected factory 60G drive via USB and it recognized the drive, but would not boot from it.  Then I got the novel idea of trying to put the 30GB drive from the Dell laptop in this Acer, and Bingo.  Recognized, formatted and installed windows.  Strangest thing I've encountered with a... Read more

Answer:Laptop Hard drive issue/Freezing/ Blue Screen of Death

Laptops are by nature very finicky about drivers...You should use the Driver CD that shipped with the machine.And yes the above symptoms could be driver issues...

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Ive had the Acer 3003 wlmi for 4 years now (running XP) - ive always had issues with a flickering screen which is the first issue. Second one started about 2 years ago - the laptop began overheating. Sometimes it gets so extreme that Im unable to touch the mousepad or have the machine on my lap. If any intensive application is run (ie, malware scans, dvd, youtube stream etc), the machine overheats powers off.

Last week, this happened and so I switched on the machine as per usual again - I was taken to screen where it recommends safe mode (3 different options), a normal mode, or a last known settings mode - if I click on any of these options, the machine powers off, then loads up again - its just a cycle now and I can't get past it.

Ive been able to access the BIOS screen, and have also taken out the cooling fan to clean.

I have mechanical failure warranty and they are scheduled to pick the machine up for evaluation in the next day or so - they have warned me that if it turns out to be a software issue or virus, then I will be liable for charges. Obviously I dont want it to come to that - what is the likelihood of this being the case? I dont have the system restore disc anymore so am unable to run that.

Or is it a hardware failure taking all things into consideration?

Suggestions/advice are greatly appreciated!


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Hello,I have problem startup of window,Caps lock light blinking for 4 times,Its graphics issue, how i solved it ?My pc appear black screen on switch on the power 

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I have a friends Asus x54h laptop that is not booting, and it is droving me crazy.

What is happening:
When the power button is pressed the fan turns on and some indicator lights turn on including the hard drive indicator light. Then the disc drive makes a noise and the hard drive indicator light turns off. Here is a picture of the indicator lights:

Nothing ever shows up on the screen.
Sometimes after running 1-5 minutes the laptop will just completely turn off.

What I have tried:
-Booting with just the power cord connected.

-Booting with just the battery connected.

-Taking out the battery and unplugging the power cord and holding the power button for 40 seconds, then plug in and try to boot again.

-Attaching a screen and pushing the keyboard buttons to add an additional screen. Nothing showed up on it.

-Taking it's hard drive and putting it in a good laptop. It booted into Windows and ran without issues.

-Replacing the current stick of ram with a new one from This laptop only has one RAM slot and I don't have any compatible RAM so I had to just buy one. I put it in, and nothing happened differently. Also, if I remove the RAM completely nothing happens differently. This made me think that there might be an issue with the RAM slot. I looked at it, and there seems to be something a little weird about one of the connectors. Here is a picture:

I am not sure, but I thought that this might be causing the RAM to not be detected. I used a ... Read more

Answer:Asus x54h Laptop booting issue- black screen, no BIOS.

The 3rd fin on the right side of RAM slot looks like broken. Is it the case?

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I have a Gateway 3550gz laptop that won't power on even with the power cord.

If I have the battery removed & the unit is plugged in, there's no life at all. If the battery is in place & the power cord is unplugged, the power light blinks for a bit. If the power cord is plugged & the battery is in, the power light blinks as before. There are no fan or HD noises to speak of. The power adapter is putting out the correct voltage.

I found instructions to disassemble the laptop, but then what? Any help is appreciated!

Answer:Solved: laptop power issue

Well, it's an internal issue. My advice is find a competent shop and take it for repairs. Obviously, if it's still under warranty, send it back to Gateway.

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Hey all,

I'm currently trying to provide some tech support to my girlfriend, who is experiencing some weird issues with her laptop.

I've used two hard drives trying to figure this all out - the first, which I'll call HDD1, is the hard drive from the laptop, containing all the gf's files and OS, etc. The second (HDD2) is a hard drive from an old laptop of mine - still with everything on it from when the laptop died.

So, the main issue is that when she starts her computer, it won't boot. The screen claims there isn't any hard drive attached to boot from. My first assumption was that HDD1 had failed in some way, so my first reaction was to pop it in an external USB enclosure to see if I could recover anything. To my surprise, HDD1 worked just fine when attached to my PC via USB, so we grabbed important files and backed them up. Since HDD1 worked, I assumed there was a problem with the laptop's machinery for reading HDDs. To test this, I hooked up the older HDD2, and was again rather surprised when the laptop began to boot up with no issues.

Assuming that whatever was wrong had magically corrected itself, I hooked HDD1 back up to the laptop, and even got so far as a logon screen. At this point, the laptop was functioning exactly as it had prior to the problems. However, when we attempted to login to Windows, the correct password for my gf's user account failed to work. I'm assuming this is because I took ownership of her user dire... Read more

Answer:Solved: Really strange laptop HDD issue

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I?m writing in to ask someone who's really computer savvy for two distinct problems with a 6 month old Lenovo Y580 Ideapad Laptop of mine. It runs Windows 8, 64-bit.

Basically, I haven?t seen either of these two issues, sound-freezing/visual, crop up with anybody else, including Lenovo?s own website, so I?ll be over the moon if anyone can shed some light.

I'll explain the first issue in detail.

Here goes:

From early on, this laptop, has had ridiculous freezing issues. There?s no virus on it or anything like that on it. I've estimated that the laptop has freezes an average of at least twice a day(!), and it's had maybe 10 BSODs.

I?ve updated all Drivers and done a clean wipe and reinstallation of Windows 8--I have no choice, it?s built in with the laptop system--but to no avail; it still freezes like anything. There is no pattern to the freezing. The laptop could just freeze if opening up a document, or worse, if saving one. (However, I did notice it to be slightly worse when I was running multiple videos on Youtube).

Finally, I sort of isolated a problem: If starting the Computer up WITHOUT Audio (RUN/MSCONFIG/Services/disable Windows Audio at startup), there are basically NO hangs/freezes whatsoever. You can run it for hours and hours. Apparently, the same thing happens if run in Safe Mode: there appear to be no freeze issues.

This got me thinking "It must be a Drivers issue," so I checked the Drivers again. However, both the Realtek Driv... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Lenovo Laptop Issue

Hi and Welcome to TSF!


6 month old Lenovo Y580 Ideapad

Contact Lenovo and claim warranty. They will fix all the issues you are having.

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Hey all,

I have a Dell Latitude D505, it's been working fine all day until now. My buddy and I just got a battery warning while playing online poker so we plugged the computer in but it didnt seem like anything happened - the red light on the laptop remained and the battery icon in the bottom didn't change to a plug for the AC adapter but kept the batter icon.

At present the laptop is plugged in, I'm using it to type this, but the red light is still on. My power meter says I'm at 0% and I get the startup warnings on power-up and launching Windows that the battery is low, but everthing appears to be working fine.

Any ideas on diagnosing this? Is the battery just shot or could it be something else? I have tried two separate power cords which have both worked in the recent past with the same result.

Any ideas, comments, or suggestions are appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Laptop battery issue

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Hello there, I am finally going out of my mind with this laptop.

I am trying to fix this for my brother who is disabled and unable to do much but browse on youtube, but... we can't get on youtube.

It's not just youtube... there is something seriously wrong with it and i can't think of what to do.

The main issue was a BT modem lock flashing constantly and bringing up various padlocks in the start icon bar... after much fiddling, tweaking and following some advice, I finally managed to disable it through services.msc and msconfig.

Ok next up... get the internet back... ok so it won't load. Finally manage to get it to load but I can't do anything, I can't search on google even though the site is there, nothing. Time to re-install windows at this point.

Since I no longer have the original cd but am lucky enough to have the original key, I download a copy of windows XP professional and try to install it. I had service pack 3 installed so of course it wouldn't run from windows itself. I restart, press F12, boot from CD... windows setup starts opening everything and what do we know... a BSOD.

Ok, so let's try removing the service packs... here goes. I uninstall service pack 3, nicely done... restart all done. Next do the same with service pack 2... won't work? The file location no longer exists... so there goes that idea.

Safe mode time... so here I go, reboot, F8 safemode with networking... then it hangs at AVGDIDSEH.sys and blue screens. Great, now wh... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Serious Laptop Issue - Windows XP help :)

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I have an E System 3087 laptop with power issues.
When on battery power it works perfectly, but when you plug in the mains adaptor the problems start.
the battery icon in windows keeps alternating every 2 seconds or so, showing on AC power then battery power. I have bought a new mains adaptor, but its still the same.
Everytime it changes to battery power, the screen goes dim which is really distracting.
Any suggestions would be helpfull

Answer:Solved: Laptop Power issue

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Hi- I have a Compaq Presario C700 laptop that had Vista loaded onto it. The computer was running really slow and we were not happy with Vista so we ended up erasing the hard-drive and tried to load XP onto it. The HD is a Samsung, 160G, SATA drive (HM160HI).

My friend reformatted the drive using a USB plug in model (from Tiger Direct) and I confirmed it came up in Computer management and was formatted as NTFS. We then put the drive in the laptop and used a XP Pro disk to boot the laptop. The recovery program loaded fine, but when we selected load the OS to the hard-drive we got an error message stating the hard-drive was not present. We know the HD is working- it works fine with the external USB module. We reseated it in the laptop but can't get past that error message. Any suggestions to isolate the problem? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: HD issue loading XP onto laptop

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Hi guys, my oldman's laptop has an issue with the wireless signal. His laptop can connect to the internet through ethernet fine, but when he tries to do it the other way it won't connect. It recognizes the network and connects to it, signal strength says excellent but the speed is always at 54.6mps. I'm assuming that's suppose to be at 100 unless I'm mistaken. Here's what I've already tried to do.

-typed cmd and tried pinging servers and sites no luck.
-tried resetting the router, and checked the settings, no luck.
-tried repairing the network and renewing IP and such, no luck.
-tested to see if the router was working, it works on other computers, and the xbox 360 fine.
-tried restarting computer, system restore, and disabling and re-enabling the wireless network.

I'm stumped at this point what else to try, I'm thinking his card isn't getting a strong enough signal no more and it fried or is on the verge of frying. That or he has a very bad virus. Any other input?

Answer:Solved: Laptop wireless issue.

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Today my Windows 7 Home Premium Asus laptop has begun acting up weirdly. Here's a list of the things that are happening.
-Slow boot and restart/shut down times. More than 5 minutes in length.
-When I logged in my usual admin account, I was logged in as a guest and most of my files are gone. Speed wasn't too different from the usual.
-Tried going to safe mode. Problems persisted.
-CPU usage is at like 0-5% at most times. That and the fact that it's as quick as usual when it finally does turn on makes me suspect that there isn't a virus.

Answer:[SOLVED] Strange issue with my laptop

In addition, I've also tried enabling the elevated administrator account. On that account, the laptop boots at a normal rate with the elevated account but I don't know where to go from here.

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Hi, my laptop is telling me that I have limited or no connectivity to the internet. When I type in ipconfig it shows that I have no Default Gateway and I was wondering if that could be causing the problem. My PC is wirelessly connected just fine to the router and so is my wii but the laptop is having this problem. I entered the information needed for the router exactly the same way that I did with the PC and the wii.

Answer:Solved: Laptop connection issue.

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I have a new Sony Laptop. Tonight I tried download Adobe 9. The install hung up so I tried to cancel it. It finally let me cancel it, but afterwards nothing else would respond. Internet exporer would not open nor anything else. I tried to shutdown the computer but it would not shutdown. I finally powered it off. When it came back on it said resuming windows and I had a window that said explorer with a blue circle sitting it it like it was trying to open. When I clicked it said it was not responding. I could not open task bar to stop this so I again powered off the computer. This time I have a blue screen with that circle. Any advice on what I should try next.

Answer:[SOLVED] Sony Laptop issue

Perform a Vista Windows Restore - choose a restore point prior to the failed Adobe install.

Boot into SAFEMODE - tap the F8 key repeatedly during boot-up. Use the down arrow key to select SM. Log into Windows as usual - screen will appear distorted - that's OK.

START | type rstrui.exe - hit enter. Few seconds the system restore screen will appear. Choose a restore point.

The system will restore and re-boot.

Please let me know how it goes.

Regards. . .



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We have the same problem as Wintercs. We plug the adapter into the dc jack on our HP Pavilion ZE2000 - sometimes it recognizes the charger, and then without notice it will stop charging and go onto battery. Unlike Wintercs, we have changed adapters 4 times (2 at her college and 2 at home). So we know it is not the adapter.As I was writing this post, the charging light on the laptop turned off .... stopped recognizing the charger.

A little history might help - my daughter, against my wishes, has always kept her laptop turned on even when she is out of the house for long periods. The adapter is always plugged in as well. The laptop was often resting on her comforter on her bed and would get rather warm.

The unit is 3 years old and has never been serviced. I have never cleaned out any dust or checked the status of any fan (is there a fan ?).

Did a little research and found a part called a motherboard DC jack #38. It is cheap enough but needs to be soldered onto the motherboard. Before going through this process and expense of getting someone to do it for me, am I on the right track ? Or have we done damage to the motherboard already ?


Answer:Solved: Laptop charging issue

Well the laptop seems to work just fine, internet, network, apps all working. Just the charger problem at this point. Any suggestions on how to determine the cause since it is not the adapters ? Can a professional techie determine the cause ? Or would they be doing a process of elimination - lets replace this ; and then lets replace that ; etc.

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Hi, I am using a lenovo t61 laptop and this evening the fan stopped dead. I opend the laptop up so I could see the fan and then powered it on and the fan spun once and then did not spin at all so I presumed some kind of motherboard issue. suddenly after applying a temporary measure "blast the laptop with fans and use a usb cooling pad the internal fan has started to work again.

I unplugged the connector of the fan when I was inside and then reconnected incase of any lose ends but I didn't perform any cleaning procedures but just wanted to ask for anyone advice on how to ensure that the fan stays active healthy etc or is this a sign that the fan may be dying? Many thanks

Answer:Solved: Urgent help, Laptop fan on and off issue

I would carry on using the laptop as normal but make a point of listening for the fan to switch on and off.

You could test it by running SpeedFan to check the temperatures and Prime95 to make the Cpu run at 100%

See here for using SpeedFan to make temperature charts (ignore the fan speed control section) -
Just click on OK at the 'Hint' window that comes up when SpeedFan starts, click the Charts tab and put a tick in every box to start with.
Now get Prime95 by clicking this download link :- unzip the files into a folder and run Prime95.exe, select 'In-place large FFTs...' option (click Options > Torture Test... if you don't see this option when you run Prime95) then click OK to start the test.

In SpeedFan (if the SpeedFan window has gone right-click it's tray Icon by the clock then click Restore) the temperature that rises the fastest and then slowly settles down is the one to watch (there may be a temp for each core in a Cpu). You can now untick the other temps to get a clearer chart.

The fan should come on shortly after Prime95 starts and stay on until you stop the test by right-clicking the Prime95 Icon by the clock > Exit. The temp should drop and level off and the fan should slow down and finally stop.

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I got it at Costco's online store, where they let me configure an HP laptop for myself. Intel Duo core processors, 3GB of ram, Nvidia 512mb video card, 32 bit Vista Home Premium. (Gotta run that high end game coming out next week.)
Should I be more concerned about heat with that video card? I was probably gonna get a cooler pad for the laptop, not one of those that uses a usb port, just lifts it a little to improve air circulation under the laptop.
Thanks, any input is always appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Is over heating an issue on this laptop?

One of the safest answers is, "It depends."

If you live in Antarctica then you should get something to warm your laptop up a little, but you'll be ok. If you live in Death Valley, California you might take some extra measures.

But for "normal" usage, if you at all worry about heat, then it wouldn't hurt to get some lifters. Obviously keep it off of carpeting and on a flat, solid surface. Use it in a cooler environment.

My rule of thumb (though nothing is guaranteed) would be that if a manufacturer makes it, it probably has been tested to comply with FCC regulations (that doesn't go for local computer shops that build computers from the ground up, but we're talking about a laptop--which to date I don't know any local "mom and pop" shops that do that sort of thing).

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My laptop shuts itself off randomely. In a previous post I had a problem with no power at all. I fixed that by replacing the adapter. Now, the power shuts off all by itself. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Laptop power issue

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I have an HP Pavillion v6500 laptop that belongs to a friend. It's preloaded with Vista so it cant be that old. What is happening is that when the power button is depressed all the LED's flash on for a second, including the power indicator, and then it just shuts off. I've tried this with just the battery and with just the power cord and no battery. Either way it does the same thing. This laptop does have a light that surrounds the power input and it does light up indicating that power is getting to the unit which indicates to me that the power supply is working. If anyone has any experience with this type of problem and would like to share some input I would greatly appreciate it. I'm not reluctant to open the unit up and do some soldering or such as long as I get some conclusive and reliable info.


Answer:Solved: HP Laptop power up issue.

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I have attached two printers at separate times to my laptop using an USB cable and can not print to either. When I attached each one, the laptop was able to determine the driver needed for each one and downloaded it. However when I try to print to the printers, I get an error and nothing prints.

The first printer I attached was a Brother HL-1650 laser printer.

The second printer was a Lexmark X1150, model 4476-K01

Can anyone assist me.


Answer:Solved: Printer issue with laptop

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This one has me stumped. I have two screens, one DVI and one VGA on an nVidia card. All was well until the other day when I unplugged the VGA monitor to use on a computer I was repairing. After plugging it back in my display settings are not correct.

My DVI, which is physically on the left thinks it is on the right.
My VGA which is physically on the right thinks that it doesn't exist and that it is the primary.

So my problem is that I can't access anything on the primary screen, which would include my start menu, display settings and generally anything that would help me out here.

What I've done so far:

Safe mode, change resolution, reboot.
Reboot with all combinations of displays attached.
System restore.

What I'm about to do:

Safe mode, uninstall the graphics card, reboot.

I'd appreciate any input!

Answer:Solved: Dual Screen Issue

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Hi there! Im a bit confused about something and was wondering if anyone could help me.

Not so long ago I installed some Windows updates (not exactly sure what they were) and ever since my welcome screen has been absent when I turn off my screensaver. Instead I get the classic Windows logon box and frankly I can't stand the bloody thing.

Now usually that sort of thing wouldn't throw me but the most confusing thing is that the welcome screen is present when I boot up Windows and when I log off at night, it just seems to be absent when coming out of a screensaver.

I've checked the display options for my screensaver and I get the 'On resume, password protect' tickbox instead of the usual: 'On resume, display welcome screen' one. I've also checked the registry values and they say that the welcome screen is activated.

I would appreciate any advice because the damn logon screen is driving me nuts when I switch of my screensaver (which happens quite a lot during my day).

Thank you!

Answer:Solved: Windows XP welcome screen issue

googled and found this, hope it helps


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I am having an issue with blue screens on an old friend's dell desktop. I suspect that it is the motherboard or the power supply on the dell but I am not sure which one it could be. Basically, I took their hard drive, wiped it, and did a clean install of XP SP3. Then, I made sure it ran fine on my computer. Upon putting it into their computer the computer repeatedly blue screens after the Windows start up screen.

What do you think?


Edit: Also wanted to mention the oddest thing... the computer starts fine in safe mode but not in normal mode. This only occurs on the dell computer, not mine at home. Maybe a conflicting driver issue forces it to BSOD? But... it is a fresh install...

Answer:Solved: Blue Screen Issue

You installed it on a different machine which means it expects to be booting up with the hardware from the other machine. Install the HDD in the machine you want it to be in and install windows again.

Edit: Drivers are indeed the most likely cause of the issue.

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My laptop's screen has looked like this for the past 3 days:

http:[email protected]/8512516988/
http:[email protected]/8511405335/

The screen appears to have 'glitches', whenever you move the cursur or open a new window they flash across the screen. I bought the laptop in October of last year, and haven't used it but a few times. I've never dropped it or spilled anything on the laptop and when I'm done using it it always goes back in the laptop case. Like I said I've only used it about 2-3 times and the only websites I've been to are YouTube and Grooveshark, so I'm thinking it's a hardware issue instead of something like a virus?

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Computer Screen Issue

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Hi,This laptop has been nothing but problems since the day I got it. No I did not purchase an extended warranty. Yesterday I had the (no joke) 500th or so blue screen. This time if I press the wireless button it "Dumps". The time before that bleeko? Lavasoft? <--Viruses?Advise? Oh by the way...Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware...0 items found.

Answer:Blue Screen If I press the wireless button on my Laptop-Hardware Issue or Virus?

WHAT? Now I cannot right click on a picture (in my pictures) without the computer freezing? WTH?

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Hello All, I'm really about throw a laptop out the window!

I have a Systemax GREEN732E laptop. It is running Windows XP Pro. 1GB of PC2100 RAM.

The first issue was when it was started, the monitor wouldn't show anything. But it sounded like something was going on. I hooked it up to an external monitor, pressed FN F12, and nothing. I was about to start looking for a new LCD screen when I decided to take one of the RAM sticks out. After I did that, eureka, we have visuals on the monitor!

The system has 2 slots, each slot has 512 MB 200 Pin PC 2100 DDR memory. Of course, that was before taking that stick out.

So Windows continues on its merry way, and gets to the splash screen. Then the screen goes blank. After a minute or two, I get a STOP error:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x804D92C2, 0xF6E855C4, 0x00000000)

One of the reasons I found through research could have been faulty RAM. So I replaced one of the sticks with a brand new PC2100 512MB stick. Same thing, Windows splash screen, then this STOP error:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x804D92C2, 0xF6E815C4, 0x00000000)

When I try and boot into Safe Mode, it hangs on


so I cannot get into Safe mode.

I ran chkdsk from Recovery Console. It said it found some errors, and repaired them. No bad sectors were found.

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Answer:Solved: Laptop STOP Error Issue

It seems you've done exactly what should be done in that situation.

The only things I can suggest are cleaning the contacts using Isopropyl Alcohol, doing a clean install of windows (not just a repair) or getting a new harddrive. Whenever that test finds errors on the drives it can be considered the first hint that the rest of it is about to go bad.

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Hello all... My wife has a del xpsm140 laptop which i reformatted last week with a fresh copy of vista before she started classes online with u of phoenix. All was great for a week and a half of class everythign was fine. Now when she clicks on any link to download anything it dies and restarts IE every single time. A little background.. I have done a chkdsk /r and also have reinstalled office it was causing problems.. office still is asking for a disk so i have totally uninstalled it.. same problems. She refuses to use firefox and u of p doesnt reccoment it. What else can i do short of another total reformat?

Answer:[SOLVED] Strange Issue with Wife's Laptop

Hi. . .

Try a few things, please.

- START | type internet - select Internet Explorer (no add-ons) - test IE7

- Right-click on an IE7 icon and select run as administrator - test IE7

- boot into SAFEMODE w/Networking and test IE7 there

Was this a re-install back to OEM defaults... or do you own a full retail copy of Vista? If the former, did the laptop come w/ any trial offers for items like Norton Internet Security, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc...? What anti-virus are you running and are you using a firewall besides the Windows Firewall? I assume Vista SP1 installed?

That is weird about Office asking for the DVD each time. Do you have this same version installed elsewhere (you are usually allowed 3 installed copies)?

Regards. . .



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I don't remember changing anything,only added a pic to my desktop. Now when I open a browser window (IE) things are all alittle bigger. Going to Google (my home page ), it doesn't fit completely into the browser window. All fonts on the desktop appear normal, however, the right most column of icons, has shifted away towards the middle of the screen by about an inch.
Coming here looks out of wack too. The logon boxes are more towards the middle of the page instead of more to the right like usual for me.
Any help would be appreciated.

PS. It seems that only web pages are out of whack, they don't fit anymore. The Google issue went away after I cleared internet stuff etc with ATF Cleaner. But this site's page still doesn't fit, as well as all other web pages. Spreadsheets and folders opened up on the laptop appear fine. Thanks

Answer:Solved: Resolution Issue Vaio Laptop

Figured it out. IE's screen size got set somehow to 150%. Spotted it bottom right hand corner.

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I seem to be having some difficulty with sharing my desktops printer with my laptop (wireless network). I can see the printer when walking through the the wizard to add it to my laptop, but half way through the wizard (on my laptop) I get the frozen hourglass and the wizrd stops responding. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:Solved: Add a printer to my networked laptop issue

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I recently purchased an external monitor (BenQ EW2740L) for use with a PS4 console, however I thought I would try to connect it to my Laptop (ASUS N550JV - Running windows 8). I was trying to connect the two with a HDMI cable as my laptop doesn't have ports to fit the supplied D-Sub cable. Long story short, My computer detected and installed the monitor but im presented with a black screen and the monitor gives the message "No Cable connected". I've tried the Fn + F8 option of projecting to a second screen however no luck.
Also my Computer and the monitor both have a native contrast of 1920x1080 if that helps.

What am I doing wrong?

Answer:Solved: External Monitor to Laptop issue!

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Hi there!

I have an Asus laptop running Windows 7 that is about 4 years old. Recently it stopped charging and would just die. Tried a bunch of things (using a different charger/ using a different battery from the exact same brand/series of laptop etc) to no avail. I took it to a guy to fix and it turned out to be the motherboard - which had to be replaced (ouch ).
Anyway, while this did fix the initial problem it unfortunately caused another.

My laptop thinks it is constantly plugged in and charging even though it is running on battery and losing charge. Because of this issue, I no longer get the notifications that my battery is low and it has caught me out!
I spoke to the guy who fixed my laptop to begin with and he has no idea why it is doing this, and also informed me that it's not great for the laptop either (which I was worried about).

I have played around with the battery options/notifications in settings but this does not help at all. I use my laptop a lot for full screen things (gaming, movies etc) so I'm unable to keep an eye on the battery level.

I'd rather avoid having to pay out again, so does anyone know of perhaps a software program that I can download that would create a pop up on the screen when the battery reaches low levels? The Windows 7 one was great for that as it would pop up over whatever you had playing in full screen.

I've searched google and forums and I'm running out of ideas. I've checked some of the threads h... Read more

Answer:Solved: Laptop Battery/Charging Issue

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