My 8890V is about 11 months old now. Worked perfectly until today. The display began to blink slowly: Like at first, it would go black and then spring back to life again after about 20 seconds. The next time it happened, about a minute later, I noticed that the screen wasn't totally black; if I squinted, I could just barely make out the Windows on the screen, as if someone had turned the "brightness" way down. While it was dark like this, I could still click away, and the computer would run ok. Then it would spring back to normal. Over an hour or so, while I tried System Restore and GoBack software to see if this would help, the flickering increased in frequency and progressively lasted for shorter periods. Now, it goes from normal to dark to normal again about every five seconds. Moreover, now when it comes back to normal, it flickers real fast for about 5 seconds. I also tried rebooting and changing the refresh rate, with no effect. It is beginning to scare me. Anticipating a potential problem, I quickly tried to back up on CD-R my most important work files. Halfway into putting the files onto the E: drive for writing, I get a Windows Explorer error and it shuts down the copying process. Thought it might be a coaster problem, but got the same result from another blank CD-R. I am not very tech-savvy, but will take advice and try anything at this point. Sorry for the long dissertation, but I figured the more details given, the better chance at a diagnosis. Oh yeah, I haven't updated BIOS or drivers since getting the computer. Why ? 1)Never needed to. 2)Didn't want to mess with a perfectly-running machine and risk screwing it up royal. Thanks for caring and thanks for any thoughts you can offer.
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1/30/04 at 3:08am