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Green lines all over screen

By constitutional
Apr 13, 2006
  1. grettings,
    all of the sudden I have an intermittant display problem that come and goes, and it seems to be getting worse as it is staying longer. ACross the entire screen are alternating green lines as shown in the pic, cant tell if it shows there as I cant see it properly with the lines on my display. I am guessing this is a video card issue but would like more advice in diagnosing this

    fujitsu lifebook N3010 -54
    service pack 2 window home
    2.66 ghz 1.0gb ram
    pentium 4
    ATI mobility radeon 9000 w/ 64 mb deducated to mem
    4x agp supported

    color flat panel sxga+ tft active matrix LCD display
     

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  2. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,274   +152

    Yip.. sounds like a similar proiblem i had with a radeon 9800 pro.. it played games ect fine, but with strange green lines covering parts of the screen.
    Turned out to be a dodgy graphics card..

    Take out your graphics card, plug it back in your old plug see if it helps..(if you have such a option with a laptop?)
    Just to be extra sure.. stick it in a freinds computer to see if it has the same green line effect..

    Sorry i couldent be more help..
     
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I agree it`s probably a bad video card.

    Like Fimbles said, try reseating it.

    Do you get the green lines, if you boot into safe mode?

    Try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  4. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 484

    I am not sure I would suggest reseating it like Howard suggests since it is in a laptop, but I would have to agree with the first two assesments that the Video card has gone bad.

    Do you have any warranty or free techsupport left with Fujitsu? I would maybe see how much it would be to get them to work on it and replace the motherboard since in a laptop it is all intergrated. You may find that it is cheaper to just replace the laptop all together.
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Nice one Jimbo. I hadn`t realised it was a laptop doh :blush:

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 484

    I figured you might have just skimmed over that spot or something. No big deal though ;)
     
  7. constitutional

    constitutional TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks, yep, video card bad. mucho dinero to replace mother board. but lucky I bought 3 year replacement warrenty, totally covered. even got a loaner when I left it with 'em. all is well
     
  8. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,274   +152

    Great news!

    Glad your pc is all better! :)

    (even if it is a laptop:))
     
  9. Juster

    Juster TS Rookie

    I am having the same problem

    I had a 9800 pro and went and replaced it with a new ati card however its still doing the vertical green lines that come and go. the only way it seems that I can get rid of them is by jiggling some power supply wires here and there. Is this a faulty power supply or what? I dont wanna misdiagnose again and buy another part that doesnt solve this problem
     
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    Move that PC and monitor to another location or another room and see if you get the same effect?
     
  11. Nerd57441687455

    Nerd57441687455 TS Rookie

    its a short curcuit
    btw i joined just to answer this question
    LOL this post is 1 yr old
     
     
  12. hipponos

    hipponos TS Rookie

    @Nerd57441687455: What does that mean? Short circuit that fried gfx card?

    What should I replace? Power supply or gfx?

    On two computers I had nvidia Gainward 6600GT. The first one display went black and it turned out that gfx card cooler stopped working and the card fried...

    This is second one...:-((

    Waiting for reply while hoping that I don't have to replace gfx card...:))
     
  13. Nerd57441687455

    Nerd57441687455 TS Rookie

    none :p

    the power supply should be the problem.... but u should check it if u have a spare video card lying around
     
  14. Orita

    Orita TS Rookie

    well... I have the same green vertical lines all of a sudden. pc seems to work fine till I try to open a mmorpg and then all hell breaks loss, green lines, freeze, have to manually shut it down. then it wont display anything at reboot and I have to go through 30min of reboot/shut down to make it display the boot screen, I hear it boot but can't see it. been playing the game for a year, no new installs/drivers/devices/hardware, game haven't updated either. I can play movies and surf the net just fine. but can't open the game.

    Windows xp pro sp3
    GeForce 7600 GT (driver updated today didn't help)
    1gb ram
     
  15. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    You power supply may be failing. It isn't always all or nothing. Sometimes it slowly fades away.
     
  16. Orita

    Orita TS Rookie

    you mean the pc power supply right? lol sorry its just that in other posts its been said to try move the pc to another room which I can't do since its a 1 room apparent ^^
     
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,457   +228

    Yes, I'm talking about the power supply in the PC.
     
  18. Orita

    Orita TS Rookie

    well apparently it was the graphic card, seems the fan on it only worked sometimes lol
    anyways I replaced it with 9500 GT 1gb ddr2, pc is back to normal. ty for the help.
     
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