Lines on Screen
If you find that you have some lines on your screen (image 1), it may indicate a problem with your display panel. This is often found on laptops. That said, PC standalone screens do occasionally suffer this issue too. In most cases it means the screen will need to be replaced. Lines on screen is a sure sign of this. On a standalone screen you may just want to buy a new one. With regard to laptops, this can be a little more complicated. Generally, there are many generic replacement LED and LCD replacement screens available. Finding a close match is fairly easy. The more difficult part is removing your old display panel and replacing it with the new one. Take look at Microsofts helpful guide on Graphic card and display issues HERE. If you are not technically minded, you may wish to let a professional do this for you. In most cases, we will order the new one and arrange for an engineer to call on you and install the new component onsite. This usually takes less than an hour. Call us on 01634 505051 or 01732 790099.
Fuzzy Screen or Pixilation
Does this title sound familiar. Do you have a fuzzy screen, banding dashes or low graphic image on your screen (see image 2). Laptops may develop this more so than standard PC tower computer screens. In most cases, we find the culprit reveals itself to be the GPU (the Graphic Processor Unit), a chip on the motherboard of the laptop. Due to the size restraints of laptop architecture, pressure on the designers to make components every increasingly smaller has resulted in some heating issues when it come to laptops. You see, the Graphic Chip is in a confined space and it is difficult to keep the chip cool enough. As time goes by, the loads imposed on your laptop may cause components to 'max out' or to fail. It is common for laptop graphic chips to overheat, and this leads to the solder detaching from the connector pins, thus the errors you may be encountering. This does occur on Tower computers too, but not as often. This can be fixed, but in many cases its triumph is matched by its ultimate failure shortly down the line.
Out of Range Error
You start your PC only to be presented loyally by your computer with the words 'out of range error'. Why? Firstly, this does not mean you have to buy a new computer, it is most likely the Video Display drivers have not configured properly or the resolution is set outside of the screens capability. Worst case, it can be the graphic card has failed in your PC, so you may have to buy a new card.
So is there an easy fix, well first try and restart the computer and once you see any indication of life, start pressing the F8 key. This should bring up a text list menu giving you the option to start in 'Safe Mode'. If this does, select it using the up and down arrows and then press Enter. Once in Windows (or if you get to Windows) you will need to find your Display settings, either in 'Control panel' or by right clicking in an open space on your desktop. Display or Resolution settings should be there. Reduce the resolution size if possible. Otherwise you may need to remove the drivers, restart and allow the computer to re install them.
Now if none of this worked, you nay have a dead graphic card. At this point you may need professional help to resolve as there are multiple possible solutions to this issue outside the scope of this 'quick tip' page. You can call us on 01634 505051 or 01732 790099
Game Wont Play: High End Games demand you have a Graphic card fit for the Job or
Can’t play a Game
You have a great PC and either you cant play a game you just bought just will not run, or your computer that worked OK before with other games will not play a game now. You probably already know if your PC specs (CPU & Memory) are adequate - Did you check the graphics card requirements, after all there are graphic cards and graphic cards. Most high end games need a fast card, and I do mean fast. Ask yourself this, is my graphic card value around £50 or near £100+? if it is a low spec card or built into the motherboard it most likely will not be powerful enough for power hungry games. Don't be put off though, some of the best games can run on a fairly good second-hand card for around £70 - £90.
Now if your system play high end games before and will not play the one your are having trouble with. Next make sure it either has the latest drivers for the card or if it does, then 'Roll Back' the driver, usually under 'Device Manager' found through control panel.
Here are a couple of links that may help with regards to game requirements:
Call us for all your Computer Issues, PC Manpower can arrange an engineer to resolve all your Graphic and Screen related issues on 01634 505051 or 01732 790099