my asus f6 Series notebook with a geforce 9600 shows 6 to 8 tiny little identical welcome screens at startup, in left and right colums, regardless of operating system (Windows vista and linux) which points to either defect in BIOS or driver for graphics card. but all hardware tests were normal. Also fn/F8 to VGA extra monitor does function only in one out of three start ups, but still shows above effect.
How do I get rid of it and return to normal startup/welcome screen ?
Looks like your GPU is failing. You can either replace it (and the motherboard, likely) or try a reflow.
Thanks a lot for yr.reply/advice. firdst option is not yet feasable, have still to back up some data, especially on linux. lap is still under guarantee for 2 month for check on motherboard. Before that I can also try a complete recovery with the asus disc, but that means all data lost and reformatting the drive.
So you suggest a reflow, but how should I try ? BIOS does not seem to give me options for setup a reflow. pls advise !
That would be novel, a reflow setting in BIOS hehe. Reflow is getting solder to melt and flow, in this case the solder balls on your gpu. After cooling down a previously bad connection can sometime be repaired. Normally this would require specialized equipment but it has been known for some users to carefully prepare their system board and put it in a normal home oven. Google for something like oven+gpu+solder. Not to be confused with "oven ready chips".
IMHO backup all your data and get your warranty to work for you before it expires. Maybe you could request to remove and keep the hard drive before sending it in.