Flickering horizontal lines

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by cvolle, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. cvolle

    cvolle Guest

    My laptop has been running great for nearly 2 years. Several weeks ago
    it began to have flickering horizontal lines flashing across the screen
    a few at first, but as time went on they filled the entire screen, sor
    of line the rolling screens of TVs, but much faster. Then, as thoug
    this was just too much activity for it, it would suddenly go black, no
    like the computer went off, but I couldn't activate anything, except d
    a ctrl-alt-deleate restart. It would do that, and sometimes I coul
    continue to work.

    Sometimes it wouldn't do this for several days. Then it started to d
    it more often and I went out and bought a side drive and backed up al
    my data files. After I had it backed up, I did all the latest syste
    updates, thinking that might help. That didn't seem to help and th
    problem continued to get worse, so I decided to take it to the compute
    repair store before I had a major crash.

    They ran a diagnostic ($40) on it and ruled out a bad video card an
    monitor screen. Said they were then going to check to see if it wa
    caused by a virus. The next day they called me and said it was a virus
    They said they could remove the virus for $129, but they recommende
    wiping the drive clean and do a reinstall because they said they though
    the drivers were corrupted and even if they removed the virus, othe
    files might be corrupted also.

    I decided to hold off and ponder my options. I could wipe my system ou
    and do a reinstall myself, for free! Or, I could take my chances firs
    and try to remove the virus and perhaps be able to manage reinstallin
    only what seemed to be corrupted, saving myself countless hours o
    trying to reconstruct my entire system, programs, etc.. I decided t
    just go get it and do it myself.

    When I showed up to pick up my computer, I asked them what virus the
    had identified that had corrupted my computer. They said they couldn'
    tell me because it was so bad it crashed their virus dectection progra
    so they never found out what it was. This sounds fishy to me. How coul
    they tell me they could remove my virus if they didn't know what it was

    So, before I do anything else, I would like to ask if anyone is awar
    of any viruses that would do this, or what other things could be causin
    this problem, and finally, what recommendations anyone would have t
    restore my computer to stable condition again

    Laptop: 17\" LCD Acer Aspire 7720-6155 w/ Intel Core2 Duo Processo
    OS: Vista Home Premium OEMAc
    cvolle, Aug 30, 2009
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  2. cvolle

    Rick Rogers Guest


    Viruses don't cause those symptoms, electrical interference does. They're
    full of %$&@ and are only after your wallet. Do you experience the problem
    while running on battery or only when plugged in or both? Have you updated
    video drivers lately?

    Recommending a format and reinstall is their "easy way out".
    Rick Rogers, Aug 30, 2009
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  3. cvolle


    Oct 9, 2009
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    Dear friend i also got same problem,
    so when flicker starts i will start to press Esc button frequently untill the flicker stop. but its started to not respond for the esc after i reinstalled the OS, so now i am using the key " ` " to stop the flickering i will soon update once i got the solution for this.
    pnsudhakar, Oct 9, 2009
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