How To Fix Broken Vga Output?

I have been running an external monitor off of my laptop for some time now. I unplugged my laptop to watch a movie on my tv with it. When i plugged the laptop back into the monitor after watching the movie, i have problems with the image. There is a section of the image that shifts to the left (the whole width of the monitor but only . 5 inches thick) for a split second. It does this every few seconds in a different position everytime. It is hard to explain. I know it is the video card and not the monitor or the cable. I tried using a different monitor and it did the same thing. The laptop screen works fine, the problem is only with external graphics output. I restarted everything. No luck. I reinstalled the driver and it seemed to fix it for a while, then it started again. When i adjust the settings using the nvidia driver software, the whole screen shifts. This is why i believe it is a software problem. When booting windows, the screen is fine; the problem only occurs after the os is booted. I'm not sure what to do. I've heard maybe i should try flashing the bios?

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