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I keep getting these crashes on my laptop, the laptop just freezes and has yellow vertical lines on the screen and other discolourations and I have to hold the power button to turn it off. Is this a heat issue or something more sinister like bad memory? I have the Dell Inspiron 2200.
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artifacts your GPU is DEAD :O or is gonna die. I had same problem with my other desktop kept freezing and getting rambo colour lines and stuff. Replaced video card and it ran smoothly
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Sounds like heat, what are temps, GFX or onboard?
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post #4 of 10
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Don't know about graphic temp - Lemme just check CPU temp (Bearing in mind all I've got open is MSN which I'm not talking to anyone on, 1 IE page and AVG.

Harddrive is 37, CPU is 42 (According to Speedfan). I think it probably is heat but I can't be sure. Cause after the crash when I reboot as soon as the OS starts loading, the fan is on at 100%. But other times the laptop is cold and its propped up on books to keep the air flow open and it still crashes.
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post #5 of 10
just replace the stock tim. and use a laptop cooler or just raise the back end of your laptop with a pencil.
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theres your problem!

but seriously, try updating your video drivers. If you still get the same result I would say it's heat.
    
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I'm willing to bet it's bad memory. You are getting the weird bars because your GPU shares memory with your CPU.
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post #8 of 10
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I had a hunch it could be bad memory. I'll try finding drivers for the onboard though. If that fails I'll pick up some new Memory. Thanks for the help guys, rep+ in a while after I'm done searching
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post #9 of 10
If your yellow lines are permanent then perhaps pressure has been applied to the top of your laptop when it was closed, this can sometimes damage the screen.

But if they're not permanant, perhaps overheating?
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post #10 of 10
this just happened to me the other night, its heat, the thing wouldent even turn off till i poped out the battery, then let it cool it was fine

its a heat issue your lasptop is probably like mine 1 fan and 1 fan only mine heats up when not on the coulner and gaming, i play slot machines on it for 30 mons and its very hot
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