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Sunshine
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My two-year, two-month old Compaq Presario R3000 was turned on this morning at about 8:20 a.m. or so [yea, I know, late for me!] and after I had opened e-mail, Word, checked into PiP, and all other "normal applications, i.e., virus control, IM, etc., were up and running, my computer suddenly started acting as if had an inner earthquake going on, and the computer screen was jerking up and down rapidly.  The screen was not "rolling" but just a rapid jerk up and down.  I was able to Ctrl-alt-Delete and get out of the three windows that I had opened and was able to shut down the machine successfully.

After giving it about 20 minutes of "rest" time, I went to log on again and immediately experienced  slower, but still some jerky motions.  With Crtl-alt-delete, the machine rebooted itself and my machine settled down.

I quickly downloaded some important files, and am now asking if any of you know what happened, and can explain it to me?  My laptop is not on when not in use; it has never been dropped; and I do not want to believe that it is getting ready to die.

Any ideas as to what may have caused the jerking?  Even if there had been a loss of power [there wasn't] it still has back-up battery.

Thoughts?

and Thanks!

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Try plugging a monitor into the laptop and switching to that display, the earthquake should go away, if it does the video connection to the laptop screen could simply need reseating.

You could do it yourself but I'd recommend getting your local PC shop to do it (get a price first), laptops can be fiddly to take apart and even worse to get back together.

If the earthquake's still there when you connect the external screen try removing all peripheral devices, I once had a laptop where a USB mouse caused the screen to go crazy.
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2 posted 09-24-2006 07:33 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah, Grinch!  Thank you!  You've validated another who said that a V-chip could need replacing.  My monitor has been "ok" since that point, but I grimaced greatly when I thought my computer might be failing!  Componets, ok, but the entire thing?  Yikes!

Thank you so much!  I will take it in and have it checked out!

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