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    Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Hi everyone,

    I'm thinking about buying a really cheap laptop that has a couple of problems - I was wondering if you could put your minds as to suggesting what might be wrong.

    Basically, it fails to consistantly boot up when powered-on - it only boots about one time in three attempts. However, if it does boot, it then appears to work perfectly well with the exception of single thin vertical line about a third of the way from the left-hand side of the display.

    Any ideas as to what could be wrong here? Is it fixable?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Lupus?

    Sounds chipset related to me. I had a Compaq that did something similar - it basicallly got worse and worse and eventually just refused to boot at all. I wouldn't touch it with a barge-pole, personally.

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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    lupus?
    it's never lupus!!!
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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    I'd suggest uninstalling the antivirus. It's seems to be destroying it's own chipset.

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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Lupus?
    I knew someone was going to say it but well done jim you beat me to it

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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by timtim86 View Post
    I'd suggest uninstalling the antivirus. It's seems to be destroying it's own chipset.
    Why and how?
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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Why and how?
    Haha, sorry.

    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that destroys connective tissue.

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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by timtim86 View Post
    Haha, sorry.

    Lupus is an autoimmune disease that destroys connective tissue.

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    Ah - got you - missed the analogy! Year/hospital/dept?
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    Re: Differential diagnosis for boot/screen problems

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Ah - got you - missed the analogy! Year/hospital/dept?
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