graphics problem on my sony vaio

Sony Vaio laptop with intel core i3 proc...
September 7, 2010 at 18:22:48
Specs: Windows vista

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September 7, 2010 at 18:36:57
Turn off the Caps Lock & ask again.

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September 8, 2010 at 06:22:11
Typing in all caps is considered to be shouting.

If you can't see any graphics ("LOST THE GRAPHICS ON SCREEN") then how did you update the graphics?

Did you make any changes at all to the laptop just prior to this occurrence?

Try connecting an external display by reading how in your Vaio manual. Usually a couple of keystrokes after the monitor is connected.

Try booting to Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 at start up to see if your display works then. If so, roll back the driver to the previous version.

Your autoupdater may have installed a driver without you knowing it. Or your Graphics chip may have become defective.

Can you see anything on your screen when you first start up the laptop?

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September 10, 2010 at 23:51:51
sorry for caps lock ! and thanks for replying, the only way i was able to check graphics driver was that for some reason the graphics became clear after a boot up but after approx 10 minutes screen went blank , tried what you said about the external moniter and whilst laptop was working fine for the few minutes screen on moniter was fine but once laptop went blank the screen on the external monitor became distorted again even though could see the coloured mess was unable to use mouse etc ,, also tried in safe mode and the graphics were still distorted.

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September 10, 2010 at 23:52:09
sorry about that cap locks Jam

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September 10, 2010 at 23:54:47
sorry forgot to mention when windows boots up you can still see through the colours just to enable you to see your home page etc, but the distortion is throughout the fire up

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September 11, 2010 at 06:21:21
Unfortunately your problem sounds like a failing GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). This has been a fairly common problem in laptops. Heat is the problem that can kill a GPU. There were/are some admittedly defective GPUs installed in may different laptops. There are some recalls and some class action lawsuits over this issue.

Yours isn't totally dead yet. Your laptop may be running even higher temperatures than it was designed for. If your are using it on a surface that is blocking the cooling that could cause excessive heat. Or if the fan in the laptop has failed or the insides are full of dust/lint that can also cause overheating.

You can't do anything about a GPU that is already damaged except make a warranty claim, if you have warranty left. You can clean out the dust/lint and keep the laptop on a hard flat surface when using it.

Google for how to clean out the dust form your model laptop, or look at the Sony site for assistance. Your manual might also have something on that.

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September 11, 2010 at 06:36:52
thanks for follow up, definately no warranty left , can i replace the graphics processing unit or fan if need be ?? will try to clean dust etc when get home and see what happens !! once again thanks for response

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September 11, 2010 at 06:55:34
The GPU is integrated onto the motherboard. The fix is a motherboard replacement. Not worth the money. If the issue is just a cooling fan then that is doable.

First check the system temperatures. You can boot into the BIOS (setup) and possibly view the temperatures there, or you can download monitoring utilities. Try speedfan. Get speedfan at the link below.

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September 12, 2010 at 00:17:44
hi after leaving it for a day booted it up and all was well kept on flat surface etc and worked fine for over 2 hours then screen went blank with message : Hardware malfunction call vendor for support nmi: parity check/memory parity error system halted. what does this mean ??

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September 12, 2010 at 06:17:41
I don't know what nmi stands for but the remainder of the message appears to be memory related.

You could try running a memory test on your RAM. Go to the link below to download one.

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