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Exclamation why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 4th 2010, 04:52 AM

if you havnt figured out already, i know almost nothing about computers so try to make your answers as simplistic as possible. thanks =)
basically my computer screen is all colorful and pixelated. it has red and blue lines going down the screen.

this has been going on for a few months now. at first i ignored it thinking that it would get better with time. but it has gotten worse and its very distracting and ignoring.
please help me. what could be causing this and how can it be fixed?

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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 4th 2010, 10:58 AM

Is the screen like that when you first switch it on? Or only when windows loads? It looks like it could be a graphics card issue. It doesn't look like your screen is cracked or anything. It might be worth taking it to your local computer store to see if they can fix it.



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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 4th 2010, 11:31 AM

If thats a newer screen, the LCD types or whatever, then its definitely a graphics card issue. However, if its one of the older ones, with a TV screen type set up, then it could just be general age, and that would be the issue. I say that because it looked like it came out, but I'd agree with Adam.


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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 4th 2010, 07:46 PM

thanks for the answers so far.
its not as bad when its first turned on. all you would see is the red lines going across the screen but when windows loads you get all of the beautiful colors.
im not sure if its LCD or whatever. it is kinda old though, i bought it used about a year ago.


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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 4th 2010, 08:16 PM

Sounds like a twisted cable.

Does hooking it up to an external monitor work?
   
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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 6th 2010, 02:20 PM

all the answers above also i noticed that it says it might now be a genuine copy of windows?

Edit: also if you are running vista how come when shutting down it is XP? that isnt right

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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 7th 2010, 03:47 PM

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Edit: also if you are running vista how come when shutting down it is XP? that isnt right
It is possible that the OP has some software which will skin Windows XP to look like Windows Vista.



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Re: why is my laptop screen so messed up and colorful? - August 7th 2010, 07:09 PM

has the screen been damaged in anyway?
   
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