Sort of a general knowledge question. Have an old HP laptop I'm going to attempt fixing. The issue (as described to me) is that the screen gets squiggly horizontal lines through the middle of the screen. The length of time it takes to start happening varies from an hour or so to almost immediately. No idea if it does this during the POST screens.
My first thought was overheating. This, after all, is an older HP and the heat dissipation in them was usually woefully inadequate. The problem with that is it happens too fast. I'm pretty sure it's impossible for these components, at these voltages, to heat up that quickly.
Then I find out that the screen sometimes flickers instead. So now I'm thinking loose or frayed wire or failing screen.
Here's the tick, though. She (that would be warfacemommy) had her friend look it over extensively. From what I understand, he's some sort of computer expert geekspeaker. It is his evidently learned opinion that "the laptop simply doesn't like Linux". Now, we've all had those irritating little things that come up occasionally. Mouse doesn't work well or Bluetooth gets pissy sometimes. I've never heard of anything, of this magnitude, being a Linux only problem. Hell, I don't think I've ever heard of anything like this even being a software problem, Linux or otherwise.
My question is this, is there a reasonable possibility it is Linux only?