I have been having problem with my laptop's video display for a while now. It has had green lines previously when running Windows. While using it this past weekend, it got progressively worse. When I turned it off and turned it back on again it will go through the windows screen but then black out after that (never showing my desktop). Would this be that the video card has gone bad? If so, should I just purchase a new one and put it in? I would just like something to allow me to use the laptop now for basic functions such as internet access, photos, and Microsoft Office. Any help would be greatly appreciated
You cannot replace the graphics cards within laptops. If the GPU went bad, you're pretty SoL. However, to determine if this is just the cables in between the LCD and the motherboard that went bad, try hooking your laptop up to an external display, like a regular desktop monitor, to see if it works. If that works just fine, then something is wrong with the LCD or the wiring. If it doesn't, then it might be a driver issue or the GPU went bad. Try going into safe mode, if you can, and reinstalling the last known good video driver. If you can't, try re-formatting. If you can't do any of that, you might have to buy a new laptop.