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Laptop shows weird letters

By xxdanielxx
Oct 2, 2008
  1. Hey I have a toshiba laptop model: p105 s9312. When I turn it on there are a bunch of red lines then when I go into the bios or windows I get things like this

    !&fu#^*&

    Weird letters. It also does this when I connect it to a external monitor. Is it the video card and does this one have a removable card
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please run Memtest on your Ram
    Mind you, yes I think it's the Video card that causes this
    You could also update the bios (reading all precautions first, and done from bootable media)
     
  3. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,214

    memtest passed and bios is up to date. Still same problem can't find if this model has a removable video card
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Just about all (if not all) laptops don't have removable or updatable Video cards
    The Video is actually on the Mobo itself.

    I would suggest to reset Bios to defaults

    I also had another idea, it could be a faulty HardDrive
    Try a Drive Diagnostics on it
     
  5. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,214

    I ran a full diagnostic on it and it faild on video memory so I called toshiba and they said that the video card is removable, but the part is well over what I want to pay for $480
     
  6. Circuit

    Circuit TS Rookie Posts: 26

    ebay the same laptop that might have a bad screen or something. if the price is right buy it for the vid card :D
     
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