Posted 15 September 2009 - 08:06 AM
I have been having a lot of trouble with my Toshiba laptop over the last week or so. I left it running a defrag one night and when I came back to it the next morning the OS had found a way to break beyond repair. I was using Vista at the time.
I downloaded and burned a recovery disc and (after losing all my data, great) got a fresh install of Vista working. Noting that even after all my drivers were reinstalled it still seemed to be running worse than ever, I set it up to dualboot Vista and Xubuntu, in the hopes that Xubuntu would run a little more cleanly... which it did.
Last night while my laptop was in the process of hibernating (inside of Xubuntu for the record), it stopped mid-way and small areas of the screen started flashing bright colours intermittently. I had to power it off after a few minutes of realizing this wasn't going to end on its own.
Since then it's been in the worst state yet - it powers on, but the display stays blank and it doesn't appear to even make an effort to load anything. I eventually have to power it off, which is unusual because normally in the beginning phases of booting I could just tap the power button to turn it off. This isn't the case anymore.
I have tried hooking up an external monitor but it gets no signal. The running theory is that the graphics card, and therefore the motherboard (curse integrated graphics cards!) is cooked. I'm just looking for a second or third or fourth opinion on this before I start the inevitably excruciating process of hunting down Toshiba for my warranty. :D
Please let me know if you guys have any other thoughts on the matter....