Toshiba's thin red line

  Jim Thing 21:48 12 Aug 2007

My son has a Toshiba Qosmio G10 laptop which is about four years old. It has recently developed a display fault in the form of a very fine (single-pixel?) continuous vertical line that runs from top to bottom of the screen about 1/2" in from the L/H side. Against any background other than white this line is red, but against a white background it is blue.

Is this likely to be due to a corrupted driver or could it be a problem with the screen itself?

My son tells me that the graphics chipset is NVidia Geforce FX but I can't check this myself because he lives overseas.

All advice gratefully received.

  User-312386 22:02 12 Aug 2007

Install belarc click here and this will tell you what graphics chipset you do have

  Jim Thing 22:05 12 Aug 2007

Thanks. I'll pass that your link along to him.

  Jim Thing 22:08 12 Aug 2007

Delete "that"

  woodchip 22:11 12 Aug 2007

Think you need a new laptop, not worth mending. it will cost more than a cheap new one to fix

  Jim Thing 22:18 12 Aug 2007

Oh dear. My son will be really pleased to hear that. The thing cost him around $4000 only four years ago.

Are you saying that in your opinion it's definitely not a driver problem?

  woodchip 22:30 12 Aug 2007

if it's graphics, you need a new motherboard fitting. or you will need a new screen ether way i don't think it's worth mending prices that they now are

  Jim Thing 22:32 12 Aug 2007

Noted. Many thanks, woodchip.

  Jim Thing 12:42 13 Aug 2007

but I'll leave this thread open for a while in the hope that someone may suggest something that's a bit more encouraging and doesn't involve ditching most of a perfectly good laptop.

Perhaps my son should learn to live with his thin red line but backup frequently, just in case the line is the first sign of a more serious problem to come.

Thanks again

  User-312386 15:10 13 Aug 2007

It could be just the chipset/graphics driver has gone haywire, install belarc and advise what chipset he has please

  hereford456 15:22 13 Aug 2007

Are you US based?
If your in the UK i could suggest you look through MicroMart in most good newsagents.
Plenty of adverts for those that mend broken screens.

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