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Barbara81

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Hi,

I recently bought a 2nd hand laptop, a very old & simple one (Compaq Armada 1520D). It runs Win98SE, and has 2 gig, 32mb, PI, and a battery in good condition.

I only use it for studying, so I basically just use Word and Access.

Then sometimes, all of a sudden, while I'm working, the screen goes dark, as if it switches itself off (it's only supposed to go to standby after 3 minutes of non-action). It turns to this darkblueish color, not quite black.
When I adjust it a little, like push it back & forth a bit, it usually snaps back on.
Or not, yesterday I found myself restarting it about 4 times before anything happened :tazz:

I wonder what that could be about? A problem with the screen itself, or something in the videocard or other hardware?

Hope someone can help :)

xx Barbara
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dsenette

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i would go with either video card...or the monitor itself (more importantly the connection to the MOBO)....try updating the video card driver (which may be hard with an older computer)... there are ways of opening up the laptop to see if there is a krimp in the cable or a tear where the monitor is...or...if that connector is loose...but...laptops are notoriously hard to open up
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Okay, thanks for the info :tazz: I'll try to see what I can do about it, and consider if it's worth repairing.
By the way, very fast reply! :)
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monkey power baby...monkey power
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