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Troubleshooting; Laptop driver failure?

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I apologize if I'm in the wrong subforum.

My girlfriend's old laptop randomly started to fail. We can no longer get it to boot without it being in Safe Mode. I tried formatting and reinstalling Windows 7 on it with no luck.
This is what my screen looks like: http://i.imgur.com/OTukZrq.jpg

The last thing she recalls doing was web browsing.. any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 9
Best I'd say is to boot it in safe mode and running Malware Bytes and TDSS Killer.
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Looks like whatever graphic device runs the main display is starting to die. How old is the machine and what're the specs? o.O
     
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post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Silvos00 View Post

Best I'd say is to boot it in safe mode and running Malware Bytes and TDSS Killer.
I ... reformatted though?
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

Looks like whatever graphic device runs the main display is starting to die. How old is the machine and what're the specs? o.O
The machine is pretty old I'd say. It's a Toshiba Centrio Duo. I don't know the model specifically.
- I'll check specs tonight if it's important to find out.
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My bad, missed that part. I agree with above, it would appear the Graphics adapter is dying, and given that it won't boot, it could also be the mobo.
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My bad, missed that part. I agree with above, it would appear the Graphics adapter is dying, and given that it won't boot, it could also be the mobo.
It does boot if I run it in Safe Mode ... that being said, I too believe the graphic adapter/card or whatever is either dead or dying. I probably can't replace it either soooo, time for a new one, I guess?
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Centrino duo might not be worth it to replace, unless you know someone with a hot air rework station. Also, does the weird screen show up with an external monitor?
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Looking for a confirmation ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230976 , found someone selling one of these for 450CAD (probably 400USD). It looks like a good deal to me. He looks like a graduated student to buy a car so I think it's in mint condition.
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GPU is on the low end so I would expect 30fps in most games

Its a workhorse machine though, so if your chasing efficiency then its not a bad buy from my current understanding
    
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