Damaged computer screen?

By ajross ยท 9 replies
Sep 15, 2012
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  1. Hello,

    I've been looking at this computer screen thinking "Is it damaged or is it coming loose on the inside?"
    It does not look like there is physical damage to the computer screen (Though I have not opened it up to check) and I haven't seen its connection.

    I was curious to see if some one might be able to tell me (by looking at the picture I'll upload) what it might look like to them. I am willing to replace whatever part that may be causing the issue, but I can't tell if its and issue with the screen or the graphics card?

    To clarify the picture, there are three sets of lines going vertical along the screen. I can also see another very faint line (also vertical) where the mouse would move along the screen. Sorry for the bad quality.

    Thank you!

  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,729   +3,703

    Do you have another monitor you could connect to the PC, or another PC you could connect the monitor to? This would narrow the issue down to being the monitor or graphics card.
  3. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 321

    Screen is either black or white (no picture) and external monitor works. Failed cable or LCD 30%/70%. There are stripes on the screen (either vertical or horizontal) that change when you move the screen or tap it lightly on the sides. Failed cable or LCD 10%/90%.
  4. ajross

    ajross TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    I do have another monitor I can use to attach to it, thought I got no signal when I plugged it in. Could it be possible that the laptop settings are keeping it from displaying anything? Otherwise, I guess this means that it is the LCD screen not the graphics card?

    The laptop screen is black with vertical lines on it...However, if I tap the side, or lightly press on either side of the screen the lines to not move or anything. Does that give you any better leads?
  5. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 321

    If you plug in external monitor and it does not work then maybe its your graphics card type in on google what are keys to press to external monitor displaying when plugged in for your make and model mate

    it should be like fn and one of the keys like f4 etc
  6. ajross

    ajross TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    It was a good thought.. I know the monitor works fine (I tried it with several different computers) and I seem to have found a few shortcut keys, but none of them seem to work that I know of. Because I can't see this display, I cannot see if its prompting me for anything. I tried arrow keys in all directions.
  7. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 321

    On the f keys there should be one that looks like to windows joint together thats the key for external but I reckon your graphics card has gone as there is no external display whne another monitor plugged in
  8. ajross

    ajross TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Would everyone agree it is the graphics card?
  9. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Posts: 321

  10. ajross

    ajross TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Thanks, Terry5880. I will look into it. I would like to pin down the issue so I know which part to get.

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