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#1 Andre78687687


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Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:48 AM

I have a Sony vaio PCG-7121M.

My GPU NVIDEA GeForce 8400 M must have a problem because I cannot access my account even after a complete formatting .

- I can only work on windows safe mode.
- when I turn on the notebook, after a few instants,it shows me the logo of Vaio or Windows but I also get vertical, colored bars on the background. After that I cannot reach the window which shows the Windows accounts and the screen becomes black.

[/color]This is why, considering that I can work on windows safe mode, I was wondering if there was some alternative operating system within the linux/Unix families which would allow me to use my laptop.
Do you have any suggestions apart from asking me to fix the GPU which is quite impossible ?
Thank you very much in advance

Edited by Andre78687687, 24 September 2011 - 05:50 AM.

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 08:56 AM

Could be a driver issue. "Safe mode" will use the lowest common denominator, which will be low-res VGA without the nvidia driver. If it's a hardware problem, linux won't fix it. What you might be able to do is live with a lower resolution without the nvidia driver. That would apply in both linux and Windows. Of the two, linux could probably do a better job of rendering without the nvidia driver. In either case, I wouldn't expect to be able to play any games or get good video playback without the right driver.

Windows will gripe about non-optimized resolution without the driver. Linux will try to install it without intervention. So you may have to force it to use a non-nvidia driver.

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