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Around 11:30 I got a call from Steve, the IBM tech. He asked me if I'd be ready for him in 15 minutes (!!!). I told him I was at work but had the laptop with me, and he agreed to come by (I think he must've come by at some point to deal with the Thinkpads my company has, since he recognized the company's name). An hour later, Vincent is fully functional again and I've gotten a few questions about hardware answered (he showed me how to access the primary RAM, although with the gig I got it's kinda a moot point) as well as a suggestion for where to get a no-cd crack for CivIV. All is well.
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Around 11:30 I got a call from Steve, the IBM tech. He asked me if I'd be ready for him in 15 minutes (!!!). I told him I was at work but had the laptop with me, and he agreed to come by (I think he must've come by at some point to deal with the Thinkpads my company has, since he recognized the company's name). An hour later, Vincent is fully functional again and I've gotten a few questions about hardware answered (he showed me how to access the primary RAM, although with the gig I got it's kinda a moot point) as well as a suggestion for where to get a no-cd crack for CivIV. All is well.
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I couldn't call them last night because I got out of work extraordinarily late. But I think I've kinda tracked down the problem, thanks to (of all things) Windows. I was able to actually log in, but pressing keys on the left side of the machine caused the screen to blank. Pressing down on the right-side palmrest caused the screen to come back, and Windows wanted to file an error report. Windows then told me the "problem" was the graphics card driver (I don't buy that something with a physical cause-and-effect is a software issue). Which I'm interpreting to mean that the graphics card and the motherboard are losing communication anytime the left side of the machine is pressed or out-of-line with the right side. But it also exhibited another strange symptom: after coming back from that error, it no longer accepted keyboard inputs. Which makes me suspect the motherboard itself is fux0red. At this point it's certainly a warranty issue, so I'm gonna give them a call.
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I couldn't call them last night because I got out of work extraordinarily late. But I think I've kinda tracked down the problem, thanks to (of all things) Windows. I was able to actually log in, but pressing keys on the left side of the machine caused the screen to blank. Pressing down on the right-side palmrest caused the screen to come back, and Windows wanted to file an error report. Windows then told me the "problem" was the graphics card driver (I don't buy that something with a physical cause-and-effect is a software issue). Which I'm interpreting to mean that the graphics card and the motherboard are losing communication anytime the left side of the machine is pressed or out-of-line with the right side. But it also exhibited another strange symptom: after coming back from that error, it no longer accepted keyboard inputs. Which makes me suspect the motherboard itself is fux0red. At this point it's certainly a warranty issue, so I'm gonna give them a call.
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My laptop is misbehaving. It seems fine upon initial boot, but at some point the screen goes blank (it's not the screen, this happens with a regular monitor as well), the hard drive stops, and the computer ceases to respond. Sometimes it gets as far as the login screen, whereupon it flickers with each keystroke (like it has to think to figure out what to display in response to the keypress) and before I've managed to put in my entire password it goes blank. Occasionally after it's gone blank I convince it to show me something by hitting keys, and by something I mean the login screen but with trasnpositional errors (things no longer match up with each other, it's syncopated in the horizontal). Anyone have any idea what the frak is going on?

I'm really pissed off about this. It started happening after I got home last night from a day of playing WoW on it perfectly fine, and it came home in a padded-to-hell-and-gone laptop bag I just got, so I'm not sure how it could have sustained physical damage (if that's the problem). I even tried removing the new gig of RAM I'd put in it the day before, but that had no effect. It's got a 1-year parts and labor warranty, but I've had it for less than a month and it's already gone bad? The hell?
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My laptop is misbehaving. It seems fine upon initial boot, but at some point the screen goes blank (it's not the screen, this happens with a regular monitor as well), the hard drive stops, and the computer ceases to respond. Sometimes it gets as far as the login screen, whereupon it flickers with each keystroke (like it has to think to figure out what to display in response to the keypress) and before I've managed to put in my entire password it goes blank. Occasionally after it's gone blank I convince it to show me something by hitting keys, and by something I mean the login screen but with trasnpositional errors (things no longer match up with each other, it's syncopated in the horizontal). Anyone have any idea what the frak is going on?

I'm really pissed off about this. It started happening after I got home last night from a day of playing WoW on it perfectly fine, and it came home in a padded-to-hell-and-gone laptop bag I just got, so I'm not sure how it could have sustained physical damage (if that's the problem). I even tried removing the new gig of RAM I'd put in it the day before, but that had no effect. It's got a 1-year parts and labor warranty, but I've had it for less than a month and it's already gone bad? The hell?

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