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I am at wits END -- I can't even correctly describe this - Win 7 RRS feed

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  • Do hear the mail out and spend a few min - I am SURE this is something that hasn't been addressed before.

    I am at wits end regarding a glitch in Win 7 that I can't even begin to describe to a person over the phone (and I am a techie)

    I can't say pixelation, appearing as blocks in certain parts of the screen, or even a graphics card error.

    I am using a Thinkpad T400 running on win 7 (I have attached a link with s/w and h/w specs).
    I seem to be having this glitch that is just not going away - windows updates, driver updates, clean ups. uninstalls, geez

    Certain parts of the screen suddenly appears as pixelated or in blocks.
    Now we all do most of our work now a days in browsers, spreadsheets or angry birds :)
    check out the screen shots i have attached in links. I am going nuts...

    What do you think? It would even help if you could tell me how to even correctly DESCRIBE this. :)

    Regards
    Hari Somanath

    Links:
    http://i52.tinypic.com/15ejnvd.jpg Pixellation in facebook

    http://i54.tinypic.com/mhahy1.jpg in mailer


    http://i55.tinypic.com/j7rnd1.jpg in angrybirds

    http://i56.tinypic.com/x2ouxk.png in angrybirds

    http://www.2shared.com/document/A1pUyU1L/Test_Event_Logs_-_Mobile_Intel.html in angrybirds

    http://i56.tinypic.com/214z7o.png in forums

    • Edited by Hari Somanath Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:32 AM details and links
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:28 AM

Answers

  • That indicates a display adapter beginning to fail (hardware failure) or possibly display driver issues.

    I could only view the last link.

    Since this is new, a driver issue first.

    Anyway, I looked at the 7434. Why don't you visit Lenovo support first?

    Here's the US market page for that model. http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/default.page

    Which specific T400 do you have?


    • Edited by Nano Warp Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:30 AM

  • I agree with Nano Warp's reply that it could be hardware failure or a corrupted driver issue (which could be tested easily enough by uninstalling and re-installing the latest video driver from Lenovo).

    Another cause for it may be heat. Make sure the fans are running, and that nothing is blocking the airways. Does the fan run excessively fast, or all the time at high speeds? I don't know how old your laptop is, but there could be dust/hair/fur/etc. build-up around the heatsink inside.

    If it IS within warranty, contact Lenovo to start a trouble ticket to cover yourself if the problem continues after the warranty runs out.


    SC Tom


    • Edited by SC Tom Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:33 PM
  • hi,

    Let's begin that T400 is 3 generations old computer model and Lenovo has 3 year warranty as i know. In your case if this is a hardware failure, and it looks like it, then check out your warranty.

    I work with Thinpads all of time , T400 have ability to use switchable graphics card if available Nvidia or ATI.

    Nvidia has a nasty reputation over the years T61...T400....T410.... is some point i had BSOD on all of them,

    many hardware parts where changed.

     

    in case of nvidia/ATI:

    try  to work with intel HD card and remove the switchable from BIOS


    Regards George www.supportweblog.com
    • Edited by George Fr Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:40 PM

All replies

  • That indicates a display adapter beginning to fail (hardware failure) or possibly display driver issues.

    I could only view the last link.

    Since this is new, a driver issue first.

    Anyway, I looked at the 7434. Why don't you visit Lenovo support first?

    Here's the US market page for that model. http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/default.page

    Which specific T400 do you have?


    • Edited by Nano Warp Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:31 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:30 AM

  • I agree with Nano Warp's reply that it could be hardware failure or a corrupted driver issue (which could be tested easily enough by uninstalling and re-installing the latest video driver from Lenovo).

    Another cause for it may be heat. Make sure the fans are running, and that nothing is blocking the airways. Does the fan run excessively fast, or all the time at high speeds? I don't know how old your laptop is, but there could be dust/hair/fur/etc. build-up around the heatsink inside.

    If it IS within warranty, contact Lenovo to start a trouble ticket to cover yourself if the problem continues after the warranty runs out.


    SC Tom


    • Edited by SC Tom Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:34 PM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:33 PM
  • hi,

    Let's begin that T400 is 3 generations old computer model and Lenovo has 3 year warranty as i know. In your case if this is a hardware failure, and it looks like it, then check out your warranty.

    I work with Thinpads all of time , T400 have ability to use switchable graphics card if available Nvidia or ATI.

    Nvidia has a nasty reputation over the years T61...T400....T410.... is some point i had BSOD on all of them,

    many hardware parts where changed.

     

    in case of nvidia/ATI:

    try  to work with intel HD card and remove the switchable from BIOS


    Regards George www.supportweblog.com
    • Edited by George Fr Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:42 PM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Monday, September 26, 2011 8:06 AM
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 5:40 PM