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Red dots on Screen


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lately9

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Recently, all these flickering little red dots are appearing on my laptop screen. I don't think it's the monitor because when I go to the BIOS screen, there are no red dots. Do you think my graphics card is going bad? :) I've only had this computer for a little over a year. Thanks.
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rshaffer61

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Have you tried a different monitor to see if it is the monitor or not?
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No. I have another monitor that I could plug it into, but I'm not sure how to do that.
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I plugged another monitor into my laptop and the laptop still has the red dots on it, but the monitor I plugged it into did not. Does this mean that it is my laptop's monitor going bad, or the graphics card?
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I would say that there is a high likelihood. You could try reinstalling the drivers to see if that helps.

What is the make and model of your video card?
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Nvidia GeForce 8200M G. Is the high probabilty my monitor or my graphics card?
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I don't really know the answer, but I had been having the same problem in vista, but when I upgraded to windows 7 recently, the red dots dissappeared.
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Could someone please give me some input into what might be causing this. It just seems to be getting progessively worse. Please help!
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I see you did the monitor steps and yes i would have to agree that it is most likely the video on the laptop or the screen itself.
The probability is equal to which one it is.
What is the make and model of your laptop? Is it a HP laptop?
If so go HERE for a driver from HP themselves for that model video.

Edited by rshaffer61, 22 February 2010 - 07:35 PM.

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It is an HP/Compaq Presario CQ50. I tried to uninstall/reinstall the drivers and it's actually worse. :/ Any other ideas?
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Being a laptop your options are very limited.
Repair from a shop which may be very expensive
Replacement of the motherboard completely, again probably very expensive
Replace the laptop completely and purchase a external 2.5" enclosure and use the existing hard drive to copy all the data over to the new laptop. After that format the old hard drive and use it as a secondary hd for your new laptop.
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