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Block Pixalation on my Laptop

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#1 Hendrix87


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Posted 12 April 2009 - 01:57 AM

I have a Gateway M285, I received this laptop from my current university. My college has a help desk, but I want to see what you guys think first. I have this wierd pixalation and blocky graphics at startup sometimes, and sometimes it happens at random....is my laptop overheating? That graphics card must be going bad, here is a picture: Any ideas?

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:02 AM

id guess video card issue, caused by one of 3 things: drivers, video card overheating, or faulty card. I would try reinstalling the drivers for it first. I doubt its overheating because, if I understood you correctly it only happens on startup, not later on after its heated up, but you can get a cooling mat for laptops from wal-mart, which would be sound investment anyway. if its a faulty video card, chances are there isnt much you can do but purchase a new laptop or replace the motherboard because most laptops use integrated graphics. Is this laptop still under warranty by any means? if so, contact customer support and RMA it and let them deal with it.



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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:07 AM

My college will give me a new computer if there is a graphics card problem, because the graphics card is an on-board, and they do not have any MOBOs for this type of computer. I am currently leasing it, and probably have paid the freakn thing off by now, I should probably just by my own laptop. Anyway, I will try to reinstall the drivers and see if that helps. If not, I will take it to the help desk, I am guessing the graphics card is toast, I have had the computer for 3 years now, and pretty much use it everyday. I hate Gateways any way, so maybe this is all for the best. Thanks for the reply.

Edited by Hendrix87, 12 April 2009 - 02:08 AM.

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