My computer's having issues..

@liquorice (3901)
January 28, 2009 9:21am CST
As I sit typing this, my computer screen is flashing on and off and hissing like a snake. It's really more off than on, so it's a bit like typing in the dark. And the constant off and on-ness is making me feel a bit sick. I'm sure that if I was epileptic then I wouldn't be able to cope with this at all. I might have to give up on it altogether. So unless I can get this strange problem fixed I might not be here too much.. Has your computer ever done this? Was it a sign that it was about to die? What's the freakiest computer problem you have had?
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@May2k8 (10271)
• Indonesia
28 Jan 09
Be careful your monitor will be die, if you using your monitor to long. I ever had my monitor flashing on and off, then it make me feel sick when i look at monitor. And, after a few hours then my monitor die. It cause your playback inside monitor is weak, it need buy a new monitor if your warranty is over.
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@May2k8 (10271)
• Indonesia
30 Jan 09
Then, you must buy new laptop, replacing an LCD screen will cost more.
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@liquorice (3901)
30 Jan 09
Yes, I guess so. It's a shame, but I think with laptops once one part goes it's harder to fix the problem.
• Grenada
28 Jan 09
lol nice problem u got a Virus my problem was the blue screen is that really somthing from Microsoft r some body made that up besides it makes no sence to me and it happens almost every day whats that for anyway?
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@liquorice (3901)
28 Jan 09
Thanks lyndel. I'm pretty sure that I don't have a virus as it's definitely the screen that's playing up and not the computer itself. I'm not sure what you mean about your blue screen, or do you mean that your screen is literally going blue? Hmm, that's a bit freaky... Does it just happen when you turn your computer on and off, randomly, or all the time? If it stops you from doing stuff it must be very annoying, like this darn hissing, demonic screen.
@smacksman (6074)
28 Jan 09
If it is a CRT monitor, the ones with a big back, then it is on the way out and time to get a new one. Don't take the back off to have a look and there are components in there that can pack a punch of several thousand volts even when switched off! If it is a slim, flat screen TFT monitor then try un-plugging the power and video leads and pushing them back. Could be a loose connection. Try to use the screen on another computer. This will show if it is the monitor or the PC. The other possibility is your video card in the PC might be on the blink. Again, open up the case and remove it and re-seat it to cure a bad connection. Oh yes - I have many and varied freaky stories about PC's!!
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@liquorice (3901)
28 Jan 09
Thanks a lot for the advice and the safety tips smacksman. It's not a CRT monitor, it's actually a laptop. (I probably should've said this!) I was hoping it might be a loose connection type-thing, because at first the problem was (almost) resolving when we removed the power source and it was just running on battery. But now it's happening whether we use the power lead or not. So it's not looking good! I'll try unplugging and re-plugging anything I can find just in case - but I won't be taking anthing apart, don't worry.. I'll also see if I can find out how to locate the video card. These are great suggestions, and I am grateful. It sounds like you know your way around a computer, so I don't doubt that you have many freaky stories. PCs are freaky things...
@smacksman (6074)
28 Jan 09
Oh dear! Yes - a very fundamental difference. Time to say goodbye to your old friend I think. Laptops can sometimes be repaired but with an old one it may cost more than a new on. They are so cheap nowadays. It is exactly for this reason that I recommend people buy a desktop unless they really need to travel around with a PC. Problems with the keyboard, screen, touchpad, DVD drive, batteries are all expensive on a laptop. And the speakers are terrible! haha
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@liquorice (3901)
29 Jan 09
Yep, I think you're right. My desktop might be slow (and have hardly any memory - but that's another issue!!), but it has outlived the laptop by many years, and is still chugging along..
• United States
30 Jan 09
it is funny you posted this because tonight my laptop was making tweeting noises like a damn bird and i swear it was coming from the keyboard lol
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@liquorice (3901)
30 Jan 09
Ooh, that sounds like quite a sweet noise, lol! Maybe there is a bird in there... I have heard of keys being a bit squeaky before. I'm not sure why it happens or what you should do about it though. Maybe somebody might have some suggestions?
• India
30 Jan 09
Well, this is a new one for me. My computer has never hissed like a snake, thank goodness. :) Why not call in a technician? There must be something seriously wrong with it. Cheers and happy Mylotting
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@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
29 Jan 09
Sorry I guess it's done it's job! Never happend to me but we change stuff for the computers often...
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@liquorice (3901)
30 Jan 09
Yes mammamuh, it's served me well for a number of years, and now it's had enough! It's good that you replace things a lot, that probably doesn't give things too much chance to go wrong.
• Philippines
29 Jan 09
the problem is in the monitor may be your monitor that you are using is serving you for quite a long time . buy a new monitor:)
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@liquorice (3901)
30 Jan 09
Unfortunately it's a laptop! I forgot to mention this important information in my post.. So I'm thinking that it's doomed. Thanks for your answer doooookie.
29 Jan 09
Hmmmm
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@liquorice (3901)
29 Jan 09
Thanks for your input.
@p1kef1sh (45638)
28 Jan 09
If you have a separate screen you could always wire the laptop up to it so that you can at least see what you are doing. It sounds terminal to me. If your laptop is old then it probably isn't worth fixing. My worst computer problem was when my old Windows pc started but no matter what I did the screen wouldn't display. But that was a software fault not hardware. I run an Apple computer now. It's like heaven on earth.
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@liquorice (3901)
29 Jan 09
Hmm, that sounds like a clever idea, but I'm not too sure how to do that, and I'm using my trusty (well, sometimes..) but slow desk top. It chugs along, but it's ok mostly. I think that the laptop's on its last legs, just mainly black now when I put it on. Poor demented thing. Having a blank screen on your pc must have been a bit annoying for you. I'm glad your Apple computer is so much better. My desk top is a pc, and at one point it seemed like it was just freezing all the time, and I was ready to give up on it, but it turned out that it just needed a new mouse. Phew!
@dpk262006 (56760)
• Delhi, India
29 Jan 09
You might be facing this problem, due to disturbed electricity supplies. If your electricity is not coming on a uniform pattern, this may be reason of your computer screen sounding like a hissing snake. Please call for an engineer to fix up the problem.
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@korbchng (40)
• Philippines
29 Jan 09
I think your computer is encountering the so-called overheat. I experienced this before and my computer monitor then went blank. I turn on the computer again but the monitor is not working anymore. Overheat may apply to either the monitor or the CPU.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
29 Jan 09
I think there is some hardware problem with your system, and until you are expert at it, I think you shouldn't try to fix it yourselves, calling an expert will be good! I generally suffer software problems with my system and I fix most of them by my own. The only hardware problem I encountered was breaking of the power cord of my lappy at the junction of the adapter and I had very tough time getting it fixed.
• India
29 Jan 09
ya in my office I ll face the problem like this recently, the system will be down while working yesterday only I find solution for this problem, that was because of a virus problem there is no anti virus solution to this problem finally I ll attach the hard disk to my Linux system and delete the virus files manually but what's your problem is your system fully down (CPU ) or monitor only failed
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@Rexdoron (345)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 09
I'm sorry to hear that. Well, I never experienced the same problem like you do but I had this once when my laptop's sound system didnt work as well as the webcam. Plus, every window that I opened will have a green border, including games that used the whole screen like counter-strike. Thank God I figured it out. It was viruses trying to damaged my laptop. Now, I have better security for my laptop and so far never had any problem. By the way, since it has been 4 days since you posted this discussion, how is the computer now? Have you done anything to solve the problem.? Have a great life.