Lines appearing on Screen.... Trying to figure out why.

Hi all. I've got an older Dell Desktop Dimension 9200. A few months ago, I started getting lines appearing on the monitor... they would appear when opening up a new window and would move around when I would drag and drop the window, sometimes disappearing altogether and then reappearing.

I have a screenshot of the behavior at the following link:

At first, I thought it was the monitor. But switching out the monitor and using one that works perfectly on another computer yielded the same result.

Next I thought it could be the video card (A NVidia GeForce 7300 LE running the latest drivers) but the issue would persist if I connected to the computer through TeamViewer.

I don't think it's a software issue as I did a clean install of Windows about a year ago and I don't use the computer for too much.... but you never know I guess.

So I'm left wondering what the issue is here. Is it a motherboard issue? Or is it a video card issue? Or software somewhere? Anyone have any ideas?
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  1. its definitely a video card issue, and your GPU is pretty old as it is.
  2. are you sure it is not a video card problem? I understand that it is weird that you still saw these artifacts when connected to the PC via Teamviewer but perhaps that is normal.

    I had some similar problems in the past and swapping out the video card and installing a new one solved the problems.
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    yes, it cant be a monitor issue as i can see it. but it is no doubt GPU issues. the motherboard cannot relate to this.
  4. Ok.... will try swapping out the video card. Thank you so much for your time!
  5. no problem :D
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