I have an AOpen 2000 laptop that has a very strange problem. The video will flash on and off and basically be scrambled (for lack of a better term) 80% of the time. This started about two days ago and it will stop for a few minutes but always seems to return. The computer never crashes from this and it will load and run programs as if nothing is wrong.
Now there is one thing that I have found that will eliminate it completely and it does so every time, which is connecting any USB device. It can be a hard drive, flash drive etc. but once the connection is made the problem immediately disappears. Remove the device and the problem reappears immediately or within a few minutes. I even went to the extent of doing a clean installation of Windows XP which did nothing to eliminate the problem. Any thoughts of what I can do to fix this or do I just need to accept the fact that I will need to keep a flash drive plugged in to use the laptop?