I've been having problems with my "ultimate video experience" (ati slogan) since I got this laptop. I absolutely could not get the linux drivers working (but that's not what this post is about). So I kind of gave up for a while.
Recently i've been booting into windows (for games, of course) and i've been having very strange issues with my video card. After playing a game, or even just sitting around on the desktop, the screen just get overrun with garbage, and textures get replaced with colors in games.
Here are a few screenshots:
I upgraded video drivers in windows, but I'm almost 99% sure this is a hardware issue, because if I reboot (as opposed to shuting down) the bios still has this garbage, and it remains until I turn off the laptop completely.
My laptop is an HP, i'm not sure if anyone else has seen this, but if you know of anything I can do it would probably be better than waiting for this. It seems to happen anywhere from 1 minute of start up to whenever it wants, so it is completely random.
Also, I have never had this happen in linux. Is it possible this card is dead and that's why this happens? And also why the linux drivers don't work? I'm totally out of ideas here.