Windows 10: Snowy, Flickering Screen, it will Not Stop!

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  1.    19 Feb 2017 #1

    Snowy, Flickering Screen, it will Not Stop!


    I really need assistance with this crazy flickering screen, posting pictures of what I have done.
    Nothing has stopped this, I am wondering if there is something loose? between the screen and keyboard
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  2.    20 Feb 2017 #2

    Help somebody, screen issue is driving me crazy.
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  3.    20 Feb 2017 #3

    karlaingram said: View Post
    Help somebody, screen issue is driving me crazy.

    Most probably your display or graphics card have crashed. In both cases you would have to go to a local computer repair shop. If it's an old machine think the fee for the service over!

    But first:

    1. open the Task Manager and tell us if the flickering persists
    2. restart your computer in Safe Mode and tell me if anything changed
    3. press Win + R, type in: dxdiag and click OK. Go to Display tab and write back what's written under Notes (you'll find it at the bottom of this box)
    4. remove the batteries / the external PSU and see if it helps (sometimes the PSU is broken or the batteries have leaked and the power supply doesn't operate normally sending "bad current" to a computer) and finally
    5. what's the make and model of your laptop (SF0INPZ doesn't tell me anything)
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       20 Feb 2017 #4

    I junked a similar device last week with the same problem. It wasn't cost-effective to repair as it was the inverter/converter built into the motherboard that had the display panel plugged into it [older ones I fixed had a separate small inverter adapter between the motherboard and display panel, easily changed]. Frequently the cost of a new motherboard for older/out of warranty Notebook/Laptop approaches half or more the cost of a new one with a warranty.
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  5.    20 Feb 2017 #5

    weird thing now


    As I have began to do some of the suggested, the screen isn't flickering or anything, I had pulled up Task M.and the DxDiag, and it said no problems, so right now we are in a reprieve I suppose, this laptop is older than a few years.I had given to to my son, the hard drive was replaced about a year ago, because of a total crash.
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  6.    20 Feb 2017 #6

    As I have began to do some of the suggested, the screen isn't flickering or anything

    Good news. Usually this sort of problems reappears, sooner or later (hardware doesn't repair itself) so be prepared and let us know.
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  7.    22 Feb 2017 #7

    snowy crazy to see


    Well of course the screen is bouncing to snowy wavy crap across the screen, in every mode, even task manger, so it is the hardware? or the drivers , right now the screen is perfectly vibrant, beautiful....but in one second, it can fuzz right up...almost non..usable...
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  •    22 Feb 2017 #8

    karlaingram said: View Post
    it is the hardware? or the drivers

    Before you take it to a repair shop give it its last chance and

    1. run it one more time in Safe Mode: Safe Mode - Start Windows 10 in
    2. perform a Clean Boot: Clean Boot - Perform in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts

    If they want you to pay more than 80 -100 USD think it twice, just as Berton rightly said, before making a decision. A laptop with an old Celeron processor makes not much sense in 2017.
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  •    22 Feb 2017 #9

    Just a thought but have you got a monitor you can connect to the laptop just to test if its the Laptop screen at fault?
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       22 Feb 2017 #10

    Since the problem is intermittent, the cause is most likely a physical connection is dirty/loose, or the cabling between the lid and base of the laptop is possibly worn/damaged resulting in the glitchy screen. It can also result from overheating due to lint collecting in the heat exchanger airways.

    As has been noted, it is probably not an economical repair - the cost of labour may exceed that of a better secondhand replacement laptop.

    However, as a hobby project for an afternoon's work with miniature precision screwdrivers, a bristle brush, some electrical contact cleaner, a can of compressed air, and some patience it may give several years more service.

    If you were more precise with the manufacturer details ( SF0INPZ returns nothing on Google), it may even be possible to find a youtube video of someone taking a similar model laptop apart for a general service.

    Who cares if it's old, if it still runs Windows 10 usefully?
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