Strange line on computer screen

December 6, 2010 at 03:17:50
Specs: Windows 7
I'm not sure if it's more common with Windows 7 or if it's because I have a Toshiba Satellite.

For a few weeks now, I've had this strange horizontal line on my screen. It shows in all cases. it's there on the desktop, you can see it still when I have a program opened up and you can STILL see it when I watch movies/play games on my laptop.

I barely notice it anymore because I'm so used to it, but it's freaking me out. I thought maybe it just needed to be restarted or something, but now I'm not even sure. So here.

I uploaded a picture of what it looks like. It's a black horizontal line with an upward curve on the right. It's on the bottom right of my screen. I uploaded it with the internet pulled up to show you that it's not on only the desktop. It shows over anything I have up.

Here's the url for the printscreen I took:
http://i53.tinypic.com/4vl63b.png


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#1
December 6, 2010 at 04:01:50
i dont think this is common with either win 7 or toshiba.
it looks like a message box that has been set to opague ...

or it could be a burned in image, have not seen one of them for many years but i suppose it could happen.
try running a linux boot disk or any boot disk to see if its still there, that will tell you if its a burned in image.
if not, switch of process's 1 by 1 untill you find which program is popping up messages..
try a system restore/factory reset or fresh install on another partition.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
December 6, 2010 at 07:15:42
This could a graphics connectivity problem starting anywhere from the motherboard through to the screen.

Connectivity problems can result in lines on screen. The problem could be as a result of:
a fault in the display cable from the motherboard to the screen.
a fault in the screen display
a fault in the inverter driving the display
a fault in the graphics card if the laptop has an add on mini PCI card.
a fault in the on-board graphics card (and thus the motherboard) if the laptop does not have a separate graphics mini PCI card

You can either live with it, try to fix it by changing various component (the most expensive component being the screen itself or the motherboard).

If it is one of the above and you know nothing about stripping and repairing laptops then you need to take it in for repair. It could be quite expensive.

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#3
December 6, 2010 at 08:37:08
You could try a graphics driver update. It could not hurt (if you select the correct one) and might just help.

mosaddique: I really don't mind I guess, but that is/was my line:
"When everything else fails, read the instructions." for quite a while now. This is the second time I noticed it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#4
December 6, 2010 at 09:43:27
Hey Fingers,

I resent that.

That line of mine has been around almost since I became a member many many years ago.

See one of my earliest post here in March 2004. I am pretty sure there are earlier ones than that.:

March 2004
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
and September 2004
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

NOTE:
in 2005 I even took it off for a short while
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Then put it back again in.

So if anything it is you who has followed me. Further more the line is NOT original it is something we in the software industry use very often. I have been in the software industry since 1980.

You may also have come across RTFM.

If you look on computing.net records all the older members are shown as members since February 9 2008. I can assure that that is just their record which does not go further back than that.

Your membership according to their records began 13 November 2009.

So who is following who????
Get off your high horse and concentrate on helping people.

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#5
December 6, 2010 at 10:48:20
Fingers

I looked at your posting record.

You had no signature till April 18, 2010 at 13:33:53

You started using the signature below - from April 19, 2010 at 18:06:58
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

You started using the two line signature below - from May 22, 2010 at 05:57:00
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

You owe me an apology

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#6
December 6, 2010 at 13:57:12
I did first say I did not mind, (no high horse there) but I have never seen it before on this site. I do not doubt what you say, but I have never seen it. I DO RESENT you going back into my personal history JUST to prove your own high horse. IF you had just informed me of this, I would have believed you without going to to that EXTREME. AND YOU SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON HELPING PEOPLE!!!
I am not sure about logging in daily anymore after getting an attitude like that. I will have to think on it some more.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#7
December 6, 2010 at 14:09:27
If you did not mind why bother bringing it up? What was the purpose?
"Mosaddique you stole / hijacked my signature" what else could be the reason?

You are welcome to your thoughts. It was you who took umbrage without checking. A simple check would have shown you that I have been a member longer than you.

All history on computing.net is designed to be visible and to help people. If you resent your history being visible either forget this forum or ask the moderators a personal favour to hide yours. Nobody else has objected all these years.

I suspect you are more upset at not being in the right.

I do not wish to engage in a shouting match. I did not start this, you did.
I was only trying to help samanthacollides as is the spirit of this forum.

Good day to you.

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#8
December 6, 2010 at 14:24:31
WRONG AGAIN :"mosaddique: I really don't mind I guess, but that is/was my line:
"When everything else fails, read the instructions." for quite a while now. This is the second time I noticed it."

You began the attitude....Look again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
This site is about helping people, lets keep it that way.


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#9
December 6, 2010 at 14:40:05
I really don't mind I guess, but?

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#10
December 6, 2010 at 15:52:23
This is not really the right place to discuss this.
This has gone on too long.
I will not type another word on the subject.
I whole heartedly apologize to the original poster for distracting from the original problem.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
This site is about helping people, lets keep it that way.


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#11
December 6, 2010 at 17:35:23
I agree it has gone on long enough. It should never have been started in the first place.

My sincere apologies samanthacollides

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