A friend of mine has a laptop with XP and SP2, every time he starts up the screen is normal when the lid is only slightly open but when he opens it fully everything trickles to the bottom of the screen and disappears. This sounds like one of the early virus, but would it seem tbe normal when the lid is a little bit open?
This is where laptops become a pain, as accessing the interior to have a look can be near impossible, it depends a lot on what make it is. I doubt it's a virus as the switch mechanism on laptop lids is usually on/off it's not infinitely variable and as such couldn't be feeding back info to a virus.
gudgulf, as I understand it everything trickles to the bottom of the screen like sand, but not when it's a quarter of the way open, it only does it when openning fully, so I suppose it could be a hardware problem.
It really sounds like a cable connection problem If it is a screen cable connection problem, there are going to be times that you get really agngry with the laptop. I think there very annoying anyway when they happen to me.