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I can't believe this happened. Although you might expect someone giving me the advice to turn Windows Aero off, the actual resolution for this problem was to turn it on.


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A few things to try: Try a different (known good) VGA cable Try to set a higher refresh rate Try disabling the effects on your desktop


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I can't see it from here, but the behavior that your describing could be a heat-related issue. There's no harm in making sure that the vents are all free of dust and/or other debris. If so, a laptop cooler pad might help.


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It sounds like you're running a 32 bit version of Windows. This is a limitation of the 32 bit systems (and certain 64 bit systems, depending on the motherboards chipset) that limits how much RAM is available to the operating system. Here is a good discussion of the issue: The 3GB-not-4GB RAM problem



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