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Display goes static-y on BIOS bootup and computer locks up

By bpm120 ·
If you could help me with this computer issue that would be great. Problem seems to manifest itself when either the keyboard is triggered or the BIOS gets to a certain point. The problem is the display goes to static-y lines and the computer locks up and, at this point, it happens when in the bios mode but did happen when running windows.

1:21 min youtube video of problem

Before this issue I had a corrupted ntfs.sys file that the was corrected successfully. While correcting that issue the there were several inconsistent points where booting from CD would halt. I did finally get there but it was defintely problematic. Once the ntfs.sys was fixed it booted once and was running fine for a couple of mins then the screen filled with lines or blocks.

I thought it might be a bad hard drive issue but the display fills with lines upon the bios bootup when I touch a key or the bios times out, so I dont think it is a hard drive issue because the hard drive is not accessed when going into bios (hitting the F_ key to enter into bios mode). Maybe the keyboard is an issue? I disconnected the keyboard and the display goes static-y when bios times out.

Have you seen anything like this before?
Do you think it is a bios only problem?

Is it possible to pull the hard drive out, NTFS XP pro, and put it into a external usb drive carriage to get the data off of it? (recommendations on process appreciated)

Thanks ahead of time.

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Try and get another graphic card..

Test out another graphic card, if that does not solve the problem then it might be your memory. Solution: Take out and replace with another as well as the graphic card.
See if the problem still exists after you have done this.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Bad memory stick

by bpm120 In reply to Try and get another graph ...

You get the gold star for today.

I was using your line of thinking and pulled the additional memory from the computer - problem went away.

I think I found the problem - bad main memory. I pulled the additional memory out of the computer thinking I would get the machine down to its most basic form. I have not picked up an additional memory stick but should know in a couple of hours whether that at least resolved the issue. All I can say at the moment is that removing my non-onboard memory seems to have resolved the issue. It does make some sense when one thinks about how the memory card shares some of the main memory.

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Test with an external monitor.

by 1bn0 In reply to Display goes static-y on ...

Notebook computers can provide independent output between the internal LCD and the external vga port. This means it is not an exclusive indicator of where the problem is.

If the external monitor works in Windows you may have a flaky connection to the LCD panel.

I have had connectors come loose inside the lcd cover group on the panel itself.

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external monitor

by bpm120 In reply to Test with an external mon ...

I would agree with you but the computer locks up so I ruled out the bad connection.

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