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Red Screen of Death


Last Edited: May 2, 2007, 8:34 pm

My laptop is booting up in red instead of black and the display has lots of red and pink lines.  Some pages are very difficult to view. 

I've researched this online and the only news I've been getting is bad news.  My Toshiba Satellite is only about 18 months old.  Although it sold for $899, I got a big rebate.  Still, any computer should last for a few years.  My HP desktop with a 266mhz Celeron processor that came with Win95 never had any problems.  Like me, it just got too slow to be very useful.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.  By the way, this has happened before except the lines usually disappeared after a while.  When I saw the lines in the past, it was always after removing or installing the battery.  Toshiba told me to make sure I never keep my battery in the laptop when I'm plugged into an electrical outlet, which is why I kept removing it, although many experts disagree. Their manual for the A80/A85 says that this will overcharge the battery.  I know a lot of people who never remove the battery.  I wonder if dust got on the terminals, but at this point I have no idea what went wrong.  Maybe it's totally unrelated to this LCD problem.

First my teeth, then my car, now my computer.  Whoever said money isn't important in life obviously had way too much of it!! 

I have a terrible, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that a red boot is a very bad sign.  I have to use my computer every day and night for work and a laptop is highly recommended.  I got the name of a computer repair shop from a friend, but if it will cost a lot, I'd rather invest in a new one.  I also would rather buy a desktop and a monitor.  I hope this keeps running for a few weeks.  After I reach a certain level at the new company I signed up with, I'll get a laptop from them.  If all goes well, that should take about 2 to 3 months. 


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justxploringComment by justxploring - May 2, 2007, 8:58 pm
It's getting worse by the minute. Bye!! Hope I get to read the comments. :-(
Comment by pacattack05 - May 2, 2007, 10:02 pm
I really wish that you would stop focusing on the negative, justxploring....

You worry way too much, and the funny thing is that we all worry, but it turns out that for some strange reason, we are still able to fore tell our feelings and thoughts to you..and vice versa. And they don't seem that dismall, like the way you portrait it.

Sure i have daily dilemmas. Sure you have them too....

You've lived so far, what makes you think you have a crossroads now all of a sudden?

If you never had the strength to come this far...then it must be a coincidence that someone brought you here for no reason. Does that make sense?...Not!!!

You have what it takes to get through whatever it is...JUSTXPLORING THE WORLD!...LOL
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 2, 2007, 10:50 pm
Pac, I don't understand your comment. All I wanted was to get some technical advice. I know this isn't a tech board, but I also know several members here are computer savvy. How is asking for help when my computer is dying focusing on the negative? I usually appreciate it when someone offers some spiritual words of wisdom, but I don't understand your remarks at all.   Saying I have a bad feeling my computer is dying on me when I have to complete a lot of work tonight isn't being negative at all.

Don't worry about it. I don't like being on this board anyway. Take care.
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 2, 2007, 10:53 pm
By the way, that last sentence I wrote was an example of a "negative" remark.   :-)

emilygComment by emilyg - May 3, 2007, 1:33 am
why don't you call the store where you bought your lap-top.
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 3, 2007, 2:32 am
Please forget that I wrote this. I will talk to a computer tech tomorrow.
Comment by LOTTOMIKE - May 3, 2007, 4:27 am
i know your pain.earlier this year my damn hair started going(goodbye charlie sheen looks),my damn teeth were chipping,my cholesterol was over 200,my computer gave up the ghost,i ended up moving,my company got bought out,my air went out on my van,my bankroll went down because of that stupid insane online gambling bill,did i tell you i think i had a major nervous breakdown.i'm pretty sure i had one.believe me i can sympathize......
SlingKingComment by SlingKing - May 3, 2007, 9:54 am
Go down and play a couple of bucks on 500 111 000 then take your winning and buy a new one :)~
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 3, 2007, 4:10 pm
I wish I could remove this blog entry.   Mike I appreciate your empathy, and SlingKing, I think it would be great if I won a few bucks, but as I said earlier, I really was just looking for some technical advice.   

For anyone else who might read this, if you have trouble with your laptop display, to see if it's the motherboard, video card or the LCD screen, connect it to any monitor in the house. (I still have my 14 inch HP S40 which is 10 years old. ) I figured the cables/connections would be different, but monitors haven't changed and it hooked right up to the back of my laptop. So when you turn on your laptop, if the monitor works just fine, then you know the problem is the LCD monitor on your laptop. The laptop can be opened so it lies completely flat on a keyboard tray. This isn't the ideal solution, but it's certainly one way to stay in business!
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 3, 2007, 4:35 pm
Just one more comment (since someone privately brought this up) I want to clarify. Red Screen of Death is computer lingo, abbreviated RSoD on tech boards. I saw it on several sites when I googled for info. It's like the Blue Screen of Doom. I wasn't talking about suicide or saying I want to die or my life is over or anything even close.

Have a wonderful day.
Comment by DoubleDown - May 3, 2007, 4:43 pm
I hope you can get this taken care of. I wish I knew what to tell you, but I am not very much of a techno geek....

One thing I won't do is criticize you. You certainly don't deserve that.
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 3, 2007, 9:33 pm
Thanks, DD. As my comment below indicates, my LCD is dying slowly. I've spoken to a couple of computer repair techs, and they suggest replacing the screen. I really need a laptop for presentations, but I prefer a desktop. Wish I had the technical expertise to change my own screen, but it looks very complicated and there are no guarantees. I'm going to call Circuit City in the morning and ask if they can direct me to someone at Toshiba, since I'm getting nowhere with them. I think once a computer is past the warranty, there is nothing I can really do. My DVD player stopped working a month after the warranty and I had to buy a new one. Fortunately, DVD players are very inexpensive. Regarding my computer, I'm going to put it on the floor, chant and do a "rain" dance. You never know what will work. :-)
time*treatComment by time*treat - May 7, 2007, 8:54 am
From MaximumPC (june '07) check out screentekinc.com. You can decide if it's better to replace the screen vs replace the machine.

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