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I've been encouraged to post here re: my hardware travails!

Here goes...

I booted up my older Toshiba laptop running Windows 7 which for years had
been working fine.

Then, one day I booted up and got these vertical color bands where you
couldn't see anything else bu the bands.

 I then re-booted and opened Word 2003 (as Libre Office take a longer time
to open and the laptop would just shut Word
  down, then when I re-booted it would shut the laptop down while I was
writing in Word.

Then, I tried opening Libre Writer and it just froze – never opened so
  I had to press the power button to re-boot.

  I moved the laptop power adapter from the power strip to the UPS then
  moved the laptop so it’s connected directly into a wall outlet in
  another room. Still no good. I then powered the laptop in an outlet in
  the top outlet (not the bottom one even though the last testing showed
  the outlet (top/bottom)were both fine.

I then brought the laptop to work and got the same results when trying to
run it.

Someone said I might have to delete all my video drivers and r-install them.

I have no idea where to find those drivers on my laptop, nor which ones to
delete nor where I would find the correct replacement video drivers nor if
that's even a correct solution.

I've got 3 GB Ram running.

It's a nice 17" screen so I don't want to toss the laptop and it ran for 3+
hours at a friend's work space - with 4 programs open at the same time -
Publisher, GIMP, the Brave browser running a YouTube  video and another
program to test the laptop and it all worked fine.

Thanks for your thoughts/ suggestions.

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