Thanks for the response guys. So like I said this is an old rig, never the less i'd like to get it fixed up... so here are some of the specs:
Asus Radeon A9800
Crucial 512 mb ddr ram
AMD XP 1800
So after doing some more research I realized it could be a myriad of different things. If you guys could provide some more tests that I could run to isolate the problem I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.