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Dell Inspiron 530 - Screen has blue plaid lines and keyboard freezes

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February 18, 2009 12:54:50 AM

I recently restored my brother's Dell Inspiron that had been sitting unused for about 5 months. When I first started it up, it would only beep 4 times. Then it did launch into Windows Vista but stopped. Tried to start in safe mode; wouldn't work. Then it started having blue plaid lines all over at the Dell start-up screen. I brought it home and was able to change the BIOS to boot from the recovery CD and reinstalled everything to factory. Now a few weeks later, it is again having the same problem. After a little research, I am wondering if it has to do with the graphics card? Can anyone help?

Dell Inspiron 530
Windows Vista x64
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E7300 (3MB L2, 2.66GHz, 1066 FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-Bit
Dell S1709W 17" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
3GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100

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February 18, 2009 11:45:45 AM

If you are getting blue plaid lines, your integrated video is going bad. Possibly the motherboard might need replacement. For now you can try adding a budget video card and disabling onboard video.