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Screen froze-terrible noise-refused to power down

\015 I have a Gateway E475m laptop. Was recently watching hulu and out of nowhere my computer began making a terrible sound and about 3 columns of horizontal lines appeared across the screen (tv episode still visible in the background). The computer would not shut off via the power button, so I resorted to removing the battery. It seems to be working ok now, but any explanations or assistance would be appreciated. \015\012\015\012thx,\015\012swagirl\015

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It is possible that the video card became unstable. It is possible that the card may be on it's way out; keep an eye out for those lines in the future, if they shoe up again plan on replacing your video card
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