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Video card problem on laptop


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devper94

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I have a Fujitsu Amilo Pi 1556. Recently my screen shows small pink rectangles like this:

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This is not a screen problem, but rather a video card problem, as Linux crashes when they try to load the nVidia driver. There is no kernel panic, it just hangs.

I fixed it before at a computer shop, but it just came back. Please help me.
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You can verify it is the notebook's graphics solution (card or integrated) by attaching an external monitor and if you see the same thing. If the external monitor displays the same image, it is not your notebook's monitor.

How long ago was it in the shop? I would consider taking it back and complain they did not fix it. Does it do this when you first turn it on, or only after it has warmed up? Notebooks are notorious for heat problems because of their compact size and lack of user access for proper cleaning. Still, you might try removing the battery and any slide-in device, and removing all compartment covers then blast with compressed air to remove as much heat trapping dust as possible.

Do you have the latest drivers installed?
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It is indeed the graphics card. It shows up right after turning on the computer, so it can't be a heat-related problem.

I brought my computer to the shop a few months ago, and the problem just reappeared.

The driver is from Ubuntu's repository, thus it's very new. It shouldn't be the driver's fault, as the screen was fine before.
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