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I have an IBM Thinkpad, yes I know it is old, but it was rebuilt with newer insides and came with windows xp so it was a great deal for three hundred bucks. I am now having problems three years later with the screen. I will be on it then all of a sudden it will black out, the computer is still on but the screen is blacked out. I got an error report that said something about a Driver thread not connected, or like that. well when I looked it up it said basically my video card is having problems. I updated the driver and it seemed to work for one full day. then it stopped working again. now it is to the point that if I don't bump it it may stay on for maybe two hours then not again for days. I am at my wits end. I would like to just put a new video card in it and see what that does. cause that was the last options in the suggested steps to take. What am I to do?
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