Laptop screen scrambled, is it salvageable?
My 5 and half year old Dell 600m is facing its biggest problem right now, and it has had many problems over the year. Last week, I put the computer into safe mode to scan for viruses, and left it for an hour before logging in. When I came to log in, the computer screen is all scrambled. I thought it could be a temporary problem or it may be overheating, so I restarted it a while later. However, the screen is still scrambled. Here is what it looks like:
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(Log in screen)
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I thought it could be a resolution problem, so I readjusted the resolution and no luck. I then attached my laptop to my LCD TV through a VGA cable, and the image on the TV is scrambled just like the laptop, even when I had the laptop screen off and only showing the image on TV.
I also thought it could be a virus problem, thought that is a long shot. I was able to get into safe mode but the resolution is all different. I scanned the computer and got a couple of malware, but nothing improved after I rebooted.
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The scrambled screen appears immediately after turning on the power (Windows splash screen, boot option screen). I also thought it could be a power supply problem, and the screen did improve a little when running on battery power, but still it is very scrambled.
My guess is that it is a video card problem. The computer runs fine, just the screen is scrambled. Is there any fix for this issue? What other causes would there be (software/hardware)? My laptop had many other problems (e.g. Doctor Watson initiating like a cascade, AVG 9 causing system crash, occasional blue screen), so could they have caused this problem? I'm looking to buy a new laptop, but it would be great if I could fix this. My original thought before all this happened was to reinstall XP and sell the laptop for $100 to cover some of my new laptop expense, but now it looks like that is not going to happen. Any help is much appreciated!